'Gay'-ophobe

August 08, 2008

The American Family Association's editing of a news story recently resulted in a pretty big error. Apparently, the AFA does not approve of the word "gay" being used to describe homosexuals. So, whenever they run an Associated Press story, the AFA has a computer automatically change the word "gay" to "homosexual." A big problem occurred when they ran a story about U.S. Olympic athlete Tyson Gay, who instead was called "Tyson Homosexual." One sentence in the original AP story was:

"It means a lot to me," the 25-year-old Gay said. "I'm glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me."
The same sentence in the AFA story was:
"It means a lot to me," the 25-year-old Homosexual said. "I'm glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me."
I guess this is a funny reminder that things can go pretty wrong when you try to edit the news to conform to your ideology.

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