on the other hand, without minimizing the problematic nature of these outbursts, i have to say i find the blogospheric freakout typified by andrew sullivan and capped off by TNC's guilty verdict linked above excessive. baldwin's confrontations in which he insults whose force derive from current and historical disapproval and/or disgust with homosexuality in society is indicative of immaturity more than bigotry. it's a failure to consider the broader implications of what is being said apart from the instance at hand. people will sometimes express disapproval, often in an insulting but general way, of parties not present, but then, upon realizing present company might be included, hasten to say "oh, well, not you, of course!" it's essentially this situation in reverse.
that doesn't make it okay or anything. obviously, the sooner this language passes out of use the better. it's just heavy-handed to call it bigotry.
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