A friend of mine is a Young Men leader and has invited me to a couple of Xbox LAN parties which exposes me, on a limited level, to the current trends in Mormon teen slang (at least for males in Southern Alberta). The winner for the most used politically incorrect statement is, “That’s so gay”.
Does this shock you, gentle reader? Should it? Come to think of it, it probably wasn’t a lot different than what my friends said as teens.
Apparently LDS teens in southern Alberta aren’t the only ones that consider it acceptable to throw the phrase around. Back in 2002, at a California high school, when freshman Rebekah Rice was teased about her LDS upbringing by the question, “Do you have 10 moms”, she quipped back, “That’s so gay”.
She found herself in the principal’s office with a warning and a notation in her file and as a result of her punishment, her parents have filed suit.
The MSN news article brings up a good question, “When do playground insults used every day all over America cross the line into hate speech that must be stamped out?”
I never mentioned my annoyance at the young men’s continuing use of the phrase, but it did make my skin crawl. I am not the Young Men leader, so I didn’t feel like stepping on anyone’s toes to give them moral guidance, and if no malice is meant by the phrase, does that make it OK?