“It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then.” -Eminem in Rolling Stone Magazine
Practically everyone I know that still uses the word faggot uses the “when I say it, I don’t mean gay people” defense. Here’s the thing; it doesn’t matter how you feel about the word because you’re not being affected by it. If my name is Timothy and I insist that you call me Timothy and then you call me Tim, you’re excuse can’t be “My best friends name is Tim so I can call you that.” Your feelings about the name Tim don’t matter because you’re not the one being called that. If you really have no problem with the LGBT community you don’t have to march, or write a song, or get a rainbow tattoo just show some respect and stop using the word. It’s that simple.
John (Albert Brooks): “I want kids.”
Carl: “Well, adopt.”
John: “I want to pass down my seed.”
Carl: “Masturbate in the garden."
— Mother (1996)