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DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:21 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Talk radio's a weird thing -- often it's the non-policed Wild West of sports that many folks dreamed blogs would become/were back in the day. People can say things that are bizarre, inflammatory and flat-out offensive and get away with it completely at times.

Or they can get caught. Like DeSean Jackson who recently appeared on the "All Out Rude Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear" on Sirius XM 45 and used the six-letter f-word in response to a caller asking Jackson something about getting hit hard in a game.

We're not going to post the YouTube and/or use the words he actually says in the post because this is still a family site and stuff.

But you can listen to what he says -- NSFW language obviously applies -- over at Deadspin.

It's kind of a similar situation to what happened to Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah, albeit without the "heat of the battle" built-in excuse to ostensibly bail them out from some of the criticism.

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Jackson hasn't necessarily "defended" himself, but Jack Hickey of Deadspin notes that "Rude Jude" emailed the site to offer a defense for Jackson, saying that the Eagles wide receiver "is a hood dude" and for "hood cats, the worst thing you can do is [use the word he used]. I don't think he's homophobic. He's joking."

That may have been the case, but on Saturday, Jackson issued an apology via his PR reps.

"In a recent radio interview a caller got really confrontational with me," Jackson said. "I got very heated with the caller, took it a bit too far and did not mean to offend anybody. I meant no disrespect and a better choice of words was needed."

Earlier this week, Jackson himself tweeted some, um, motivational stuff.

"WANNA BRING ME DOWN BUT IM OK!! THEY TRYIN KNOCC ME OFF BUT IM STILL ON!!" Jackson tweeted.

"THEY LOOKN 2 TAKE YA DOWN AT ALL TIMES NO MATTER HOW POSITIVE AND WHAT U DO!! ITS ALWAYS AWAY THEY TRY TO GET YA.... IM STANDIN TALL," he followed up with shortly thereafter.

Look, there's no excuse -- being in competition or being on talk radio -- for using that kind of language in a hateful way.

Though plenty of people believe that the six-letter f-bomb is not an offensive word in certain circumstances, that's not their call to make.

The folks that it is originally intended to offend still take offense when people use it. And as such, there's no reason why Jackson needs to be on the air lobbing that language out.

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Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:51 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

Agreed Peabody.  I'm sick of people getting called homophobic for insulting somebody with terminology related to sexual orientation.  The only one who should feel insulted is the guy he was talking to.  I haven't even heard the exchange so I can't speak to the context of the conversation.   Jackson should probably use better judgement but whatever. 



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:41 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

I think it's amazing that there is even a term "homophobic." This implies you are afraid of homosexuals or their lifestyle. I disagree with sex before marriage..does this mean I'm fornication-phobic. I disagree with sex with animals. Does this mean I'm sex-with-animals-phobic. I disagree with stealing..does this mean I'm steal-a-phobic? Why does the morally wrong choice of homosexuality get a free pass..and those who oppose it are mis-labled just because they disagrees with it? I strongly disagree with immoraltiy of any kind..but I'm not afraid of a fornicator, adulterer, homosexual, stealer, (perhaps a little more cautious with a murderer). Jesus touched the lepers; Jesus forgave the adulterer caught in the very act (albeit he told her 'go and sin no more'). But we can say that; it's not politcally correct.  The point is that Homophobic doesn't exist. It's a made up term to label those who oppose it as intolerant..nothing could be further from the truth. But I am fearful of one thing...I'm afraid that we are slowly losing our fist amendment right to express our views and especially share views that are the opposite of the main stream media.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:39 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

NO ONE CARES!!!!

THE ONLY BENEFIT I CAN SEE FROM THIS IS MAYBE NOW PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT THE UGLY SIDE OF PLAYING THE RACE CARD FEELS LIKE. NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO THIS BS.



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:34 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

The president of the United States recently invited a poet to the White House that honors cop killers (i.e. Mumia). This poet even named one of his children after yet another killer. If the president can get away with crap like that, then Jackson's comments are relatively harmless.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:30 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:30 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

Czturn, I'm sure I said people can say what they want. That's because I did say that. I can't stop anyone from saying what they want to say. But freedom of speech works both ways, and if you say something inappropriate, there is criticism for it. If you do something inappropriate, you are criticized for it. It's not moral whatsoever to use this speech. This self-righteousness you're on is pathetic. You're fighting for literally nothing, because no-one is preventing you from speaking. But if you use "gay" as a means to offend, you will be condemned and labeled as a homophobe. That's what this all comes down to. It's about respect, and if you lack it for an entire group of people solely because of their sexual orientation, don't expect to be praised. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from responsibility of said speech.



Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:20 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

The majority of the population doesn't agree with homosexuality? What does that even mean? Doesn't agree? How does one begin to disagree with a sexual orientation, I wonder.

You take a poll, Raider fan? No? Oh, but Gallup does. I just checked it and it says essentially 6 out of 10 have no issue with homosexuality, 4 out of 10 think it's unacceptable. I don't think that's "the majority".

This isn't about my beliefs. It's about homophobia. Homophobia is wrong. What I believe or not believe, doesn't change that fact.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:15 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

So flyboy, using your "logic", words that are meant to be offensive should be banned? Government intervention summoned because someone (god forbid, a poor teenager) was offended by something someone said?? Why don't you move to Cuba then. Or Russia, or some other God-forsaken land where people are accustomed to the government banning certain speech because it offends peope (namely those in power). See the condition the people live in. Observe the condition of man in places where words are considered "dangerous" and are thus regulated, and then come back to us and see if you still want to argue for government intervention into what people say simply because it may offend the most sensitive among us. 



Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:14 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:09 pm
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

When you're using prostitutes as a means to make a point or justify a position, that position is probably a very shaky one at best.

I don't see anyone trying to ruin the livelihood of DeSean Jackson. I also don't see anyone promoting any idea that gay people are super-citizens. I do see people correctly criticizing the homophobic speech of Mr. Jackson. Gay, straight or otherwise, hate speech is wrong, and is simply unacceptable to use in a civil society.


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