MMA Payout mentioned that GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian blah blah whatever group) might be interested in hearing what Dana White had to say on the topic of ‘faggots’ yesterday. And already the group has responded! What a coincidence.
In the video, White rants, “And here’s a quote from a guy who wanted to remain anonymous because of fear of repercussions. Shut the fuck up. Any fucking guy who won’t put his name on it. First of all, whoever gave you that quote is a pussy and a fucking faggot and a fucking liar and everything else.” Although White doesn’t state the name of the article, based on the author’s name and the content he most likely was referring to this article on the sherdog website.
White’s remarks cross a line – it’s unacceptable for an industry professional at his level to trade in these kinds of defamatory, anti-gay slurs. White knows the impact of words. Early in the video, he instructs his fighters not to curse on television. And yet, later in the video he goes on to do exactly that. He is also aware of the impact that he has. The UFC’s – and White’s – primary audience is 18 – 34 year old men, and based on his own remarks about how editors can tell a story so the audience cares, he understands just how influential the words that he chooses can be for his audience.
Now I can’t really go off on Dana White all that much since I use language around here that grows hair on your chest and makes you into a man. But I’ve always had a bit of an issue with people using the words fag and faggot in a totally serious “Fags and faggots suck” kind of way. As usual, free speech means everyone is allowed to say whatever they want. But you’ve got to be ready to deal with the consequences of that speech.
For example, we probably lose a good chunk of the right wing MMA fan population every time we stuff our faggy left wing political views into this blog. But that’s a price we’re willing to pay because seriously, you right wing cocksuckers are going to destroy the goddamn world.