Gay Rights or Wrongs?

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.

What do you think?

About The Author


The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

33 Responses

  1. Puck

    This article is totally NAMBLA.
    Still jumping from ‘gay’ to ‘paedo’ is no worse than jumping from ‘jew’ to ‘well poisoning baby eater’ I suppose.

  2. Puck

    If I weren’t terminally hungover I’d be outraged right now.
    But I am…so…meh.

  3. jewdar

    If you homophobes want to continue to stigmatize gays by using “gay” as a term of opprobrium, that’s your prerogative, but perhaps is not the right website for you.

  4. Hesed

    Wait, you skipped like four stages and went straight to dissmissive indignation, cheater.

    Actually, I feel like we all must share some of the responsibility for Jewdar’s post. Obviously our responses to other bloggers posts have been boring him to dea

  5. iconic

    ……” we all must share some of the responsibility for Jewdar’s post. ”

    Uh uh. ……. not sharing.

  6. Puck

    What homophobes? There’s no homophobes here…nobody here but us chickens.
    I think our responses to other blogger posts have been both entertaining and informative :P

  7. mrnhghts

    I resent the strong implicit suggestion that all gays are somehow child molesters. This could definitely be understood from your invidious juxtaposition, and I think that was insensitive. I’m disappointed. And I would point out that this may be do to your

  8. Puck

    I also found it offensive, but I have neither the time nor the inclination to rail against these sort of ignorant, narrow-minded stereotypes…I’m assuming Jewdar also has no issue with the people who think we’re all baby killing well poisoning heebs tryi

  9. mrnhghts

    Puck, you’re right. 100% right. We can’t let the Jerry Falwells, the Ron Pauls, and the Jewdars of the world bring us down. It’s best to disengage, and focus on those hearts and minds we can change.

  10. Puck

    I put this in the same category as the anti-semitic comments that fly my way from time to time, just roll my eyes…ignore it…and find out where they live so I can run them down in my car at a later date.
    *dances like a bear*

  11. iconic

    instead of NAMBLA, jewdar might just as well have juxtaposed
    “sick fucks.” The effect of the insidious stereotype would be very much the same.
    It would just be a little more difficult to say around the kiddies.

  12. Puck

    Now before I start let me say I’ve had a few bevvies and a few J’s and am now feeling more ornery than ever…lol…ornery…I fucken love that word.
    Frankly I’m disappointed to see this sort of shit on, makes me wonder where they draw the line,

  13. jewbacca

    We’ve become a society so obsessed with PC-Ness that it has created a wall around the world o’ sense o’ humor. I believe the piece was meant to be humorous. True humor has no taboo subject and the uproar about this lil’ bit has become majorly NAMBLA retar

  14. Hesed

    LOL, shhhh….dont tell ’em it was a wind-up. (and not a very subtle one either) That takes all the fun out of it.

  15. iconic

    hey Puck. ” Anne Coulter?? “……………
    now that’s being WAY too cruel to Jewdar.

  16. jewdar

    We don’t normally feel compelled to explain our efforts at humor, and certainly not to apologize for them. But this is one of those rare circumstances where Jewdar’s not being upbraided for what we said, but for what some people seem to imagine we’ve sai

  17. mrnhghts

    “Jewdar didn’t decide that they were gay—they did.”

    Once again, Jewdar is parroting some very ill-informed far-Right nonsense. The idea that most gays choose to be gay is simply unacceptable. People usually don’t choose to be gay, Jewdar…th

  18. jewdar

    Okay, this time we’ll concede that we didn’t express ourselves clearly. What Jewdar meant by “Jewdar didn’t decide that they were gay–they did” was that they chose to identify themselves as being gay (as opposed to, say, simply “having a wide stance”) a

  19. Puck

    *ruffles jewdar’s hair*
    On the bright side at least we didn’t enact Godwin’s Law yet, it was getting close ;)
    Still, was a bit too ‘dog whistle’ for me.

  20. Hesed

    I’m stuck between total hilarity, wishing people would leave Jewdar alone and being glad that it isn’t me who’s getting worked over for a change. lol

  21. Puck

    Yeah I keep going to say “Hesed this” “Hesed that” and then I realise you’re an innocent bystander for once ;)
    Poor Jewdar, he just needs to express himself with more clarity.
    Still, this is a chat forum and he certainly has the prize for most posts f

  22. jewdar

    If it makes you feel better, Puck, we got into Godwin’s Law territory in a piece of hate email Heeb received from Australia, which suggested that the shoah should have taught us something, and then made a reference to “the Grand Wizard,” which we presume

  23. Puck

    It does make me feel better. ;)
    I still say it was dog whistling (rather than inept journalism), and if you were part of my family you’d probably be one of the ultra-orthodox cousins who spends all their time rabbiting on about how Israel’s problems are a

  24. jewdar

    Well, this whole contretemps has taught Jewdar that we should avoid these sorts of misunderstandings in the future and just stick to Holocaust jokes.

  25. iconic

    “Holocaust jokes.”
    so Jewdar… receive another hate email from the Australia guy yet?

  26. mrnhghts

    iconic, Jewdar’s comment that he should “just stick to Holocaust jokes” was in reference to a very talented blogger who took Jewdar down as he deserved to be taken down for his fundamentalist position that kosher felafel needs extra careful black-hat supe


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