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1 comments | Monday, January 03, 2011

New Orleans Saints running back and former Kim Kardashian arm candy Reggie Bush recently took to his twitter page to condemn the popular usage of the phrase 'No Homo'.

Bush began his tweets by asking the following question of his followers: "If someone says 'no homo,' is that offensive towards gay people? before adding later, "I think if the 'no homo' comment offends anybody then it's most likely better left unsaid along with other degrading words...thanks guys!"

It seems as if our community might have a straight ally in Bush, if so then we welcome him and hopes more of this attitude is seen across the board in sports.

Professor and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill tackled the 'No Homo' phrase last year and dissected what people actually mean when they use the phrase and the fear that causes them to utter it.

"By punctuating even the most sexually non-suggestive sentences with a homophobic disclaimer, we reinforce the idea that gay and lesbian people are worthy of ridicule, shame, and surveillance. This notion is particularly troubling within hip-hop culture, which is sustained by the creative work of gay stylists, writers, choreographers and, yes, rappers. The use of “no homo” also reveals a deep homoerotic impulse within our culture. After all, how can you constantly say “no homo” without constantly thinking about gay sex? Perhaps, instead of finding new ways of deriding gay and lesbian people, we could devote that same energy to figuring out why we're obsessed with them. The answer may be deeper than we think."


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Based on the people I know who use that phrase, it seems that there is something inherently wrong, in THEIR minds, with a man being thoughtful or sweet and kind or complimentary or platonically loving toward another man. Many of them who use the “no homo” phrase somehow think it lessens the perceived anomalous nature of their behavior. I guess there is something wrong with a heterosexual man being nice to another heterosexual man.

I concur, it's refreshing to have an ally in the straight world. Each time we have one more ally, it moves lgbt progress forward exponentially.

January 04, 2011 8:23 AM


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