yul perkins

  • Annie: Did you just say "fag"?
  • Charlie: Yeah...But not like in a homophobic way; I used it in place of "lame."
  • Annie: Why wouldn't you just say "lame"?
  • Charlie: Well, same reason I say "fuck" instead of "frick", you know, it adds more punch. It's basically the swear word version of lame.
  • Annie: No, it's not. It's a hate word used to perpetuate homophobia. It's used to marginalize gay people.
  • Charlie: Okay, you're acting like you don't know me; I--I voted to legalize civil unions. When I had friends, I had a lotta gay friends.
  • Annie: Then you shouldn't say fag!
  • Charlie: I don't! I don't use it in reference to actual people--I mean especially homosexual people.
  • Annie: So then that makes it okay?
  • Charlie: Yeah, I--I think so. I mean, morally, I feel fine about it.
  • Annie: (repeating what Charlie basically said) As long as it's not in reference to a person, it's alright. Like if I wanted to start calling my purse the n-word... "Honey, have you seen my n-word? I can't find my n-word anywhere, and it's the expensive one!"
  • Charlie: Okay, I'll--I'll work on it.
  • Annie: Thank you.