French tribunal rules "faggot" isn't homophobic


#1

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#2

The French have a word for it…


#3

Regardless of whether the term is intrinsically homophobic, he stated it as the reason to dismiss the employee. “I’m not keeping him because he’s a homosexual” is no better.


#4

What is “PD” short for?


#5

The only non-homophobic explanation I can think of is “the employee in question was a sapient bundle of sticks.”


#6

I was unsure myself - but found it.

It’s French SMS speak for pédé. Though this is a shortening of pédéraste it is only (mostly?) used as slur on male homosexuals.


#8

Surprisingly, PD is not directly short for anything. It simply sounds the same as “pédé”, which is short for “pédéraste”.


#9

#10

How in the world did politicians from U.S. southern states infiltrate a French tribunal? Sneaky little bastards!


#11

In Canadian french, we use ‘tapette’, or ‘fifi’ (older usage).

Edited to add: …or ‘fif’. (Yes, we snicker when someone “pleads the fif’”).


#12

#merde

(my complete French vocabulary)


#13

…the word wasn’t a homophobic slur when used at a hair salon, where people are often gay.

Wow. The place I go just cuts hair.


#14

The French have 257 different cheeses, that should tell you everything you need to know about the French. And I should know, I’m French!


#15

Or a bassoonist.


#16

Dear the French:

If your main reasoning that a word is not homophobic is based upon a stereotype about the professions of homosexual men, the word is probably homophobic.

Sincerely,

Some Guy Online.


#17

In the reasoning, the tribunal said: “If we put it in the context of the field of hairdressing, the council considers that the term ‘faggot’ used by a manager cannot be considered as a homophobic insult, because hair salons regularly employ gay people, notably in female hairdressers, and that poses no problem at all.”

@SpunkyTWS – thanks for that clip, powerful stuff. Good(?) to know, too, where “flaming faggot” comes from.


#18

Bigotry aside that argument makes my head hurt.

If it had been “You joined < famously rough reactionary field without a single out gay guy>. How exactly did you expect that to go over?” then that would have been messed up but at least somewhat internally consistent.


#19

it feels much different if you are the one being called it, i’ve found.


#20

Hey, I happen to consider that huge variety of cheeses a plus because I love cheese! Seriously a nice slice of mimolette is something De Gaulle and I could bond over.

The French tribunal’s ruling brings to mind Eddie Izzard’s line “I like the French but they can be kinda French sometimes.”


#21

A truer statement has never been said.