Howard Stern is drawing praise from the gay rights advocates after his statement on Thursday’s Howard Stern Show that he’s through using the anti-gay epithet known as “the other f word”.
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After HSS regular Lisa Lampanelli appeared in studio Wednesday, a caller told Stern he sensed tension in the room after Lampanelli repeated used the word “fag” as part of her comedy schtick.
“I wasn’t put off,” said Stern Thursday. “I know that’s her act. She’ll use ‘fag’ or something like that. And occasionally out of old habit I’ll use the word ‘fag’ or ‘that’s so faggy’ but, I have a tremendous compassion for people who are homosexuals. I feel that they are bullied and abused in our society. And, I mean, I’ve put a lot of thought into this. And they take such s–t just cause they like to be with the same sex. It seems absurd to me. And there are so many people out there who just knock their brains out—the gay people. They just treat them so poorly. And it must be a terrible thing to be exposed to that kind of hatred and to be hated just because of your sexuality that it’s starting to bother me. It is. I’ve got to be honest with you. But I know Lisa’s just kidding around.”
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Howard Stern’s anti-fag diatribe drew praise from the gay rights group GLAAD, who posted this message on their blog:
“We applaud Howard Stern for recognizing the dehumanizing potential of using anti-gay slurs, and for using his platform to communicate that potential to his audience.”
Howard Stern isn’t new to advocating for gay rightsand he’s come out against “the other f word” before.
In 2008, Howard Stern Show co-host Artie Lange taped a public service announcement apologizing for his use of the word during an on-air rant.
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This week, Howard Stern told his audience he’s done a lot of soul searching on the subject: “I’ve tried to change my thought about that word. I’ve tried to stop using it but sometimes I do work in somehow, but I’d rather not use it because I feel like gay people are so downtrodden.”
Howard Stern has been known as a friend the the LGBT community for decades and has been a frequently used his platform to promote same sex marriage. His voice became tight as he spoke on the subject Thursday:
“This whole thing now where gay people can’t get married? it really pisses me off. I mean, it actually makes me angry,” seethed Stern. “They’re citizens of the United States. They should have the same rights heterosexuals have. Period.”
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Stern then referred to global homophobia as an “epidemic”:
“And you go to some other countries—you think this country’s intolerant? You go to Arab countries they’ll kill you for being gay. I mean, it’s an epidemic.”
As far as the “original” f word goes? If Thursday’s show was any indication, Stern will continue to use that one for a long f—ing time.
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