You would never use faggot against someone unless you thought it has a negative connotation. So in using it as a slur, you give the word the power of being an insult.
PewDiePie and the n-word
Michael Kazarnowicz

The author of this article does a good job at breaking down the main arguments defending the person who is being accused of being racist. This logical stance is a solid ground to stand on.

The first point counters the argument “it’s just a word, so you should not take offense to it.” He states that if it was just a word then he would not have used it as such an insult. This logic does make sense, I agree that such a large deal being made out of this situation gives more power to the word. He alludes to the fact that Felix did not specifically say “nigger” meaning a black person but more of just an insult in general. He goes on to say that instead of using an actual insult like “jerk”, Felix and other people who use these terms have to be edgy and forceful in their words. However, I feel this contradicts his point that the word does not have real power unless people react the way they do.

Which leads me to my second thought; what ground does this white guy have to say about how offensive the word is? What room does he have to be offended by a term against a group he is not even a part of? His argument does not hold as much as it could as a result.

Lastly, he brought up the point that it was the heat of the moment and tried to argue against that but he even said it himself, within tense situations like that, the first six seconds are often irrational reactions that are not representative of how one truly feels.


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