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'Rampage' says lighten up about gay slurs, still doesn't get it

Maggie Hendricks
Cagewriter

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson wrote a blog post on his website in response to an article in the Los Angeles Times that called Jackson out for using gay slurs. Jackson blames the reporter for only caring about getting the scoop. Rampage also defends his relationship with the GLBT community, saying that he's even been to a gay bar owned by a friend. Jackson finishes the post by saying:

EVERYBODY LIGHTEN THE [expletive] UP! LET'S HAVE FUN! THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW! THERE'S TOO MUCH NEGATIVITY IN THIS WORLD, SO LET'S JUST FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE THINGS AND I GUARANTEE IF WE DO THAT THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER!

You're right, Rampage. There is too much negativity in the world, especially negativity aimed at people who live their lives in the minority. Negativity aimed at homosexuals often comes in the form of the gay slurs that you are trying to defend using.

Ben Fowlkes at MMA Fighting points out that allowing that gay slur to be used opens the door to much more negativity.

It's easy for straight men to shrug it off as just a word, and dismiss anyone who gets upset over it as too sensitive. Funny how few of us would make the same argument with the n-word. That's because we recognize what a loaded term it is, bound up in centuries worth of painful history and very real violence.

Using gay slurs and making homophobic comments isn't much different. Both are the kind of thing that tell us more about the person using them than the people he's uttering them about. It makes him look like a bigot, and it makes him look ignorant.

The words we choose to use are important. The sooner people stop using gay as a derogatory term or using gay slurs, the sooner we get rid of the negativity that Rampage wants to avoid. If Rampage wanted to really make the world a better place, he would use his tough-guy image to defend the GLBT community, and tell his legions of fans to stop using gay slurs.

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