When it comes to the use of the word "gay" as a generic, high-school put-down for anything sort of bad or annoying, Jewdar feels a bit like a frosted mini-wheat. The adult in us frowns upon homophobia and considers the word’s use a mark of intellectual laziness, but the kid in us appreciates the mindless utility of a word that can be used in so many situations. For example, the postage rate rose from 41 cents to 42 cents on Monday: "That’s gay."
We pondered some alternatives and then it hit us. NAMBLA. Everybody is familiar with it, and almost everybody recognizes that they are some sick fucks. Indeed, watch the linked clip again, and tell us that you don’t find the narrator who eventually chimes in (ostensibly just to defend NAMBLA’s right to free speech) to be more than a little creepy.
Now we know that some people might object to the jump we took from "gay" to "NAMBLA," to which we’d respond that a) if you have a penis, and you want to have sex with other people with penises, that’s pretty gay regardless of age, and b) we’d be happy to use the name of a nationally known group advocating sex with female minors, but let’s face it, "That’s so FLDS" doesn’t pack quite the same punch. Of course, you are entitled to your opinions, but in Jewdar’s book, anybody who doesn’t adopt this usage is totally NAMBLA.