"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I'm - so, kind of at an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards, so I think I'll just conclude here and take your questions," said Ann Coulter, whose comment was followed by laughter and applause.
Let me see if I have this right. Mock Presidential candidates = wrong. Mock sitting Presidents = OK.
Liberals are up in arms over the "offensive term" used by Coulter.
Nevermind that they continually call our Commander-in-Chief "Chimp". (Google "bush chimp" and get over 1,000,000 hits). Nevermind that they routinely call him "stupid". (Google has over 4,000,000 hits). Nevermind that they compare Bush to Hitler.
Nevermind that they refer to our vice-President as "Darth Cheney". Or that they mocked him regularly after he accidentally shot a guy over a year ago while hunting.
Nevermind that they referred to Condi Rice as "Brown Sugar" in a cartoon.
But - suggest that John Edwards is light in the loafers and prepare to hold a rally!
Kindly remove the plank from your eye.
George Chauncey, in his excellent 1994 work Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, says that the terms fairy, faggot, and queen were used by homosexuals to refer to men who were ostentatiously effeminate. Homosexuals who were not as showy referred to themselves as "queer" in the first decades of the 20th century. But the general public mainly called homosexuals "fairies." If you were in London in the 1920s through the 1940s and used the term "fag," the man in the street might have offered you a cigarette, and quite possibly that would have been the case with many Americans at the time.