This will be useful shorthand. You may recall that Alec Baldwin lost his show for calling a photographer a “cocksucking faggot” — now Geraldo Rivera weighs in on the phrase.
SKLAR: When I heard about what Alec Baldwin – Alec Baldwin had a history of making these homophobic slurs.
RIVERA: That wasn’t a homophobic slur.
SKLAR: Okay —
RIVERA: I mean if you grew up where we grew up —
SKYLAR: And yet he is no longer on the network, right?
RIVERA: Sean, Baldwin and I all grew up within ten miles of each other and when we were growing up, in my year especially, those comments were commonplace.
Remember that next time someone strolls in and starts flinging the “cunt” insult around, and tries to excuse it because it was commonplace when they were growing up in Australia or England or New Jersey or wherever. Just let them know they’re using Geraldo Logic, and with any luck they’ll feel a twinge of shame.
Nah, they won’t. We know from long experience that they won’t.