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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