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Vanity Fair Writer Responds To Anti-Gay Slur Controversy

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Vanity Fair writer Brett Berk has responded to the outrage caused by his use of an anti-gay slur in a recent article.

In the article, "The Gay Guide to Glee: Season 2, Episode 15, 'Sexy,'" Berk described the characters, Kurt and Blaine, as "f*gs."

When discussing their rendition of Neon Trees' Animal, he wrote:

"Nice singing. But how can having girls in the audience make these cartwheeling, foam-party fags straight-sexy?"

This is what he has to say today:

"I would like to apologize sincerely to anyone I offended with the use of the term 'fag' (now removed) in this 'Gay Guide to Glee' column. As an openly gay writer writing in an overtly overblown style, my intent in using the word in this offhanded way was to continue my consistent efforts to confront and challenge stereotype, to unpack the way in which language works, and to deconstruct the clever gender politics at play in the scene I described: teasing out the purposeful incongruity of this (foamy) attempt to make the conspicuously gay Dalton Warblers seem 'sexy' to females. Anyone with even a whiff of familiarity with my writing will know that I am, and have long been, a tireless agitator, here at VF.com and elsewhere, for gay rights, as well as a huge supporter of everything Glee has accomplished in advancing a meaningful dialogue about homosexuality in our popular culture—and in our youth culture in particular.

We get why he chose to use the word in his article, however, he has to remember that the word is offensive and very hurtful and shouldn't be taken lightly.

We're happy he addressed the controversy though.

What do U think of his explanation??

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23 comments to “Vanity Fair Writer Responds To Anti-Gay Slur Controversy”



  1. 1

    Stupid cun*t can back-peddle any way he wants to. Fuck him and his bullshit excuse.



  2. 2

    I'm sorry. I just think society has become way too PC for its own good. He is an openly gay man writing about gay topics, he did not use the word in an offensive context at all.



  3. 3

    Are you kidding Mario? Who are you to preach about "offensive" words. Have you forgotten your own offensive posts, or how it was that you became known to the masses? You are offensive, live with it. One little powow with Jennifer Anniston hardly makes you and advocate for good manners. It's hard to swallow your insincere attempts at civility. Really, you are much preferred as the repulsive pig you naturally are. At least you're not being fake. Now your just a pig dressed in Aniston's clothing.



  4. 4

    Um, you used this term on Will I Am..how can you be so completely oblivious. The writer explained himself and it makes sense. Political correctness sucks, you are a huge douchehole hypocrite. There's really nothing more to say.



  5. 5

    Way to go, Brett Berk! Love love love the explanation! And understand entirely where you come from.



  6. 6

    Perez, I applaud what you have done here by calling this guy out. I LOATHE any word that people think is ok for one person to use because they fall under the category it is supposed to insult. Please continue, and expand the campaign to include, amongst others, the "n" word. We will never be equal until all the rules apply to all the people. If it's not ok for me to say or do something, it shouldn't be ok for you either. Well done.



  7. 7

    It's only a word, that meant something completely different before the Gay Mafia hijacked it along with the word Gay of course. Didn't you use that word too Perez? If you continue to scare people into not doing writing or saying certain things then you will only push that underground where it will fester with the ignorant. You can't control what people say or think and if you are now going after Gays too, where next. Just too much histerical whining and bitching from your trype of Queen. And that's the very reason why you will never be accepeted the way you want to. You will always be a minority coz thats just the way it is. And while you piss the majority off with this screaming you will continue to condemn yourself. Ignorant.



  8. 8

    YOU'RE THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE IN THE WORLD. YOU SAY HURTFUL THINGS ABOUT EVERYONE AND EVEN CALLED SOMEONE (WILL.I.AM) EVEN WORSE. SIT DOWN.



  9. 9

    fuck you, perez…..

  10. 1finn says – reply to this


    10

    Re: Yenny87 – Totally agree, I'm sorry Brett felt the need to apologize, when if you read his articles you know the tone of his writings. I certainly like his writings much better than yours Perez.



  11. 11

    Re: Skate 08 – duh. loosen up a little. this legitimate, "gay" journalist who writes for Vanity Fair issued an apology already. Your hero blogger Perez only cowers when confronted with the truth and often back peddles while he expects to be easily forgiven for the foul things he posts. Sadly you praise an enormous hypocrite who actually contributes nothing but negativity to the gay community.



  12. 12

    Perez you are such a fucking hypocrite. And has anybody else seen that retarded commercial with Hilary Duff telling us it's not okay to say "gay"? WTF??!

  13. fid says – reply to this


    13

    I have a large group of gay friends and they all use the word. I'm certain Perez has also used the word. So stop pretending like you're all high and mighty and all for lgbt causes. Especially since you have outed so many people! Jerk.



  14. 14

    I remember a certain blogger (Perez) calling someone that at one point, I also remember him getting punched for it, yet I don't remember the controversy



  15. 15

    Re: Skate 08Re: Skate 08 – Duh, loosen up. This legitimate journalist Brett Berk who writes for Vanity Fair already issued an apology. What he said wasn't even offensive considering the context of which he writing about. Sadly, your hero "blogger" Perez Hilton only cowers when confronted with the truth, often back peddles his opinions while expecting to be forgiven for his often ugly and hate filled postings. It's disturbing that you would praise such an enormous hypocrite as Perez who in reality brings nothing but negativity to the gay community. Perez knows this to be true which is why my posts are always erased that condemn him for the dark cloud his association hangs over gay rights.



  16. 16

    LOL



  17. 17

    Didn't you call Will i am a f*g? Who are you to judge?



  18. 18

    I hate being PC. But in the context of the comment, the f word is used in a pretty derogatory manner. The explanation doesnt wash.



  19. 19

    There is no such thing as an offensive word, only an offensive context. However, there are people out there who will take offense no matter what the intention behind it was, so as a journalist I do think he should have chosen his wording more carefully. He didn't mean to offend, he's apologised to those he has. Let's get on with tomorrow.



  20. 20

    If you're so incensed by the use of this word then why did you shout it at Will.I.Am? It may have been in anger but this man used it in jest, why is it OK for you (a gay man) to use it but not him (another gay man)?



  21. 21

    After you used the word to insult Will-I-Am, you will NEVER have the right to call out ANYONE for using the word ever again. SO FUCK OFF!



  22. 22

    that being said, in this particular context I don't believe the word added any level of humour to the piece, unlike the examples I gave.
    In this case he could have used a less obviously offensive term to make the same point.
    If it's not funny, the irony part generally doesn't work.



  23. 23

    To criticize a gay man for employing such a word is completely anti-progressive. The entire article is written to accomplish social freedom- Berk obviously used the word with a lot of intentionality. I can't believe so liberal a community as perezhilton.com would want to encourage and exercise censorship like this. Being offensive to encourage social freedom is your deal, Perez. What are you doing?