Volume 93, Issue 23

Thursday, October 7, 1999


Last word on heated debate

Headline was degrading in nature

Honey bronzed reputation

Get off the path, get on the bus

Red and embarassed by expenses

Course has its head in the stars

Homecoming homophobia

Homecoming homophobia

I didn't catch the name, but apparently he's a homo.

Wait, I'll start at the beginning. I was sitting in the bleachers during Saturday's Homecoming football game – the usual snappy insults were being hurled about – when four guys stood up and began shouting that somebody was a homo.

It appeared they were yelling it in jest, possibly at one of their friends who was walking below. As I scanned the crowd, it occurred to me that nobody seemed to be bothered by this.

But wait, it doesn't stop there. "Number 21 likes it in the bum" and "Number 21 likes cum" were just two of the chants from the crowd during the football game. It seems the gathered mass felt it was their duty to pass judgment on the sexuality of the opposing team.

Now I don't profess to be the wittiest guy on campus, yet I'm under the impression the collective could create some taunts which don't include blatant homophobia – and just because somebody is leading a cheer, doesn't mean you have to follow it.

I thought 12 year olds were the only ones left using such clever remarks – apparently I was wrong. This incident takes me back to my grade school days when words like "homo," "blow job" and "dickweed" were bandied about with reckless abandon by kids not really aware of their meaning or implications.

This is fairly excusable, one could argue little kids don't know any better. However, there is no excuse for university students to be putting down another group of people – whether it's based on their race, religion, or sexual orientation. We should know better.

Let's think about something for a minute. Any other epithet based on race or religion would have been completely unacceptable. Just imagine the reaction of the crowd if somebody started a taunt based on skin colour.

So why then, is homophobia still acceptable in 1999? I get the distinct impression certain people yearn for the good ol' days of 1959. It's as if homophobic insults are the last frontier – if I can't bash gays, who can I bash? If anyone believes university is a safe domain for the progressive and forward thinking – think again.

What pisses me off the most about this situation is the fact nobody knows whether there were any gay people in attendance. I would hate to think somebody had to be subjected to the ridiculous comments of the crowd.

The last time I checked, gay people were still people. Whether you agree or disagree with homosexuality is not the point. The point is nobody deserves to be treated as anything less than a person because of their sexual orientation.

So the next time you're sitting in the bleachers at a football game and the crowd takes up a particularly offensive chant, do humanity a favour and shut the hell up.

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