11:32 pm - 04/24/2014

Madonna outrages fans as she uses the term 'gay' as an insult


She’s one of the world’s best-known gay icons but it seems Madonna outraged a huge chunk of her fans playing a game online on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old was taking part in a word association game with entertainment site Buzzfeed when she was asked how she felt about kale - one of the healthiest vegetables around.

The star wrote ‘gay’ to describe her feelings toward the cabbage-like product – outraging many fans with her flippant use of the word as an insult.

Madonna previously blasted Putin for his ‘blatant intolerance of gay rights’, and revealed she had received death threats after performing in Russia in 2012.

But it seems her fight for gay rights slipped her mind when she dismissively used the word to describe a vegetable.

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wheresandrae 24th-Apr-2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
but kale is gay
i'm drinking a smoothie with it rn
dearjessie83 24th-Apr-2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
yeap it came out long time ago
x_butterfly19_x 26th-Apr-2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
We always had it growing up, but I guess it depends on your association.

Like, it's just another vegetable
punishermax 24th-Apr-2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
....how is kale gay?
guyawks 24th-Apr-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Lmao where is the lie tho?
iamadrinker 24th-Apr-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Is this seriously something that people get upset about?
electricknight 24th-Apr-2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
They do in stan wars.
professor_chaos 24th-Apr-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
ontd is the david banner of websites. they are always angry
frklphace 24th-Apr-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
lol shut up.
phallus 24th-Apr-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
more like Arnold White.
guyawks 24th-Apr-2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
ONTD is just horny for constant wank
xdecadentx 24th-Apr-2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
bruce banner
horatios 24th-Apr-2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
infidelkast 24th-Apr-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
ppl don't need to be personally upset by it to understand how ignorant this is lol
hippie_chick 24th-Apr-2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
ONTD and their wank. It's the life blood of this community.
lefler2 24th-Apr-2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yes if you are pressed little monster
davejohn 24th-Apr-2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
there was a movie trailer where it was used as an insult and it didn't make it into the final cut because of the outrager it caused
piratesswoop 24th-Apr-2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
where the fuck have you been for the past decade
bob80 24th-Apr-2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
ONTD is forever offended, outraged and over dramatic.
hello_samm 24th-Apr-2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, it ruins their entire day and you know damn well they can't listen to her music now knowing that she is super problematic and whatnot.
antpantsss 24th-Apr-2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
On ONTD, yes
taecish 24th-Apr-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
she's so trendy & postmodern!
frklphace 24th-Apr-2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
lmao, i read POSTMORTEM lol
vivalakeyana 24th-Apr-2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
bangorilla 24th-Apr-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
omg how accurate tho
cantlogoff 24th-Apr-2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
lol omg
orlemente 24th-Apr-2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
Me too omg, I can't stop laughing
byazrov 24th-Apr-2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
ifyourunnn 24th-Apr-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
electricknight 24th-Apr-2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Booooo. No one gives a shit.
dumpweeds 24th-Apr-2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
I can't believe people still use gay as another word for stupid. my roommate use(d) it all the time, I don't understand how you can be over the age of 13 and still use it
tankmachine 24th-Apr-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
most people have the mental age of a 13 year old
arielcharming 24th-Apr-2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
My friend, college graduate, calls things gay and retarded. Sigh.
jellycar 24th-Apr-2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
my friend says retarded still, ugh. He's foreign and uses that as his excuse.
sammim 24th-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
I cut ties with my therapist in part because one of the workers she had with me (who is in her 40's and freaking works with a damn therapist who works with a lot of children with mental disabilities) was constantly calling things retarded.

Though really, it wasn't the main reason for cutting ties with them.
aaaapril 25th-Apr-2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
I'm currently in nursing school and I've heard a few of my classmates say "retarded"… and they're cool people. But the first time I heard it, "Oh…" like it can't be unheard. And I can't see them in the same light as before. PLUS we're going into health care. Gotta be extra careful with your choice of words.

Edited at 2014-04-25 06:38 pm (UTC)
softbeds 24th-Apr-2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
this and "retarded." One of my coworkers (who is 30 btw) routinely calls bad/unfortunate things "retarded." It makes me so angry, especially since we work with young kids.
manu19 24th-Apr-2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
people use the german equivalent overe here all the time, even a gay friend of me and in the back of my head i think "omg what ontd would think". im sure its not even meant to be against gay people but a word thats so commenly used by now that it has lost its "meaning"

(not defending it, i just dont try to think much of it anymore)
guyawks 24th-Apr-2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
As long as you're using it ironically ids a problem tho.
jellycar 24th-Apr-2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
yeah ikr? My bf's flatmates say everything bad is gay in an ~ironic~ way, I called them out on their shit.

like, I didn't know the heater was homosexual for not working but ok then.
fantaesticbaby 24th-Apr-2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
mte i know nobody (with brains) who uses it like that nowadays.
soul_amazinn 24th-Apr-2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
The same goes for retarded.

It blows my mind that anyone over the age of 13 still says that stuff. Like my nephew who's that age says that around his friends. What adult talks like that.
garglewith0_2 24th-Apr-2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
i feel that way about using gay or retarded as insults. like if you're in your 20s and have a college degree your vocab should be a bit more impressive.
xathenex 24th-Apr-2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
My family uses it a lot, I grew up with it. But even as a kid I never understood how I was supposed to be accepting of gay people, yet we use the word gay to describe things we don't like? Does not compute.
duckyduck92 24th-Apr-2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
I went on a date with a guy and called him out on it, and he like didn't understand at all why I found it offensive.
mrsdracula 24th-Apr-2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
geekslasher 24th-Apr-2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yesterday, a friend of mine posted this to their facebook account:

I commented saying that I agree with the sentiment, and got called both a bimbo bitch and a judgmental cunt within a 2 minute span. I also got told that people (ie, women and the LGBT community) are too sensitive, and that the person using the words gets to decide if they are offensive or not, not the person/group that is offended. Oh, and that bullying doesn't exist and/or we should just get over it. You wouldn't use the term retarded or faggot, so why on earth are ANY of these words acceptable.
therearewords 24th-Apr-2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
This. And eagerly use it and go 0_o when you tell them it's a synonym for happy. Because heck, most people like to use things they don't know the origins of.
hpxstac 24th-Apr-2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I don't understand that or when people use the word "retarded" as a synonym for stupid. Ridiculous.
milkradio 24th-Apr-2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
My friends in high school would say "that's so gay" to insult something a lot and when I would tell them how dumb they sounded, they then started saying "that's so homosexual" instead to be "funny." Then they were surprised when the one kid in our grade who actually was gay switched schools because he was being hassled for his sexuality by the other guys. Like... did they not see how their words contributed to that hostile atmosphere...? SMH.
xoxgoodbye 24th-Apr-2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who thinks it's not okay to use gay as another word for stupid, but she thinks it's okay to call people retarded smh.
r4wrdinosaur 24th-Apr-2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
Both my bosses use it all the time. It's so ridiculous.
vector_pole 24th-Apr-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
kale is gay tho.
castiellans 24th-Apr-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
the last sentence is cracking me up for some reason
binkleywtf 24th-Apr-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
did she even mean it as an insult
taecish 24th-Apr-2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
no it's clearly tongue in cheek but this will be reason enough for certain wyt knights to confirm that she is actually satan
electricknight 24th-Apr-2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
No but you know the Gags stans will be here shortly to express their outrage.
funhouse 24th-Apr-2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
mother monster would never!
xadyx 24th-Apr-2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
No but it was posted by a gaga stan what do you expect lol
sweet_honesty 25th-Apr-2014 12:50 am (UTC)
No but she's still an ignorant idiot.
alfendi 24th-Apr-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Kale is delicious.
vector_pole 24th-Apr-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
also her handwriting is atrocious.
onyxobsidian 24th-Apr-2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
I can't seem to think of the name, but her handwriting looks like that juice I see at the store sometimes... I think it's like a Guava Peach something or another juice and I want to say it's called KOI but that's not pulling up anything...
professor_chaos 24th-Apr-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
waiting for the kale spokespeople to lash out how offended they are.
yasemeowin 24th-Apr-2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
this is one of my biggest pet peeves. when people try to say it's just a word and doesn't mean they're homophobic, it still pisses me off that they're not thinking about the implications of their language + the suggestion it gives off.

heartbreakingg 24th-Apr-2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
I had to explain to someone once that just because you call a straight man a "fag" for liking an opposing sports team doesn't make it okay. "But I'm not using it against a gay guy!" Why is the word even in your vocabulary?!
dropthecrates 24th-Apr-2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
'it's just a word lol' pisses me off so much. if it's just a word then why are you so opposed to using another? fuck's sake
yasemeowin 24th-Apr-2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
oh god yes. and when they're like, "it's not my fault language is constantly evolving! it doesn't actually mean a gay person"

umm okay you stay ignorant but stay on the other side of the room
flawedinsomniac 24th-Apr-2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's such a dumb argument. obviously words have meaning or else they wouldn't be used. these kinds of people just seem to have a problem with owning up to their missteps and they seem to act very entitled whenever they're asked to maybe be a bit sensitive about other people
xathenex 24th-Apr-2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
If someone uses the word gay, I automatically assume they lack critical thinking skills.
turnupthefader 24th-Apr-2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
yaaaaaaaaaas! stay mad bitch
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