Originally Posted by ShimmeringFaerie
That is a totally different situation. Praying or talking about God may make you uncomfortable, but there's no link between that and making you feel bad about who you are. Using "gay" to mean "lame", however, makes a link between homosexuality and being unacceptable/stupid/uncool.
I know what 'chink in the armour' means. But you can't seriously believe that those reporters weren't purposely making that pun. Why do you think that phrase was used more than once instead of another phrase with the same meaning? It is a well-known racial slur, even if it is one that is not commonly said anymore.
The reason the rest of us care is because it's not okay to make discriminative remarks about someone's race. It's not okay to use racist terms in our society. It's great that Jeremy Linn wasn't offended by it, but that doesn't mean that it was okay to say or that any of us should accept words like that. Surely you agree that racist terms shouldn't be acceptable?
BUT IT WASN'T INTENDED TO BE RACIST!!!! The guy who said it was court side thinking on the moment and it just came out. He said "If there is a chink in the armor, where can he improve his game?" He has since spoken about his suspension saying that his wife is Asian and he would never intentionally say something that would offend her or the Asian community. The second guy used the phrase in the title of an article that went online at 2:30 AM. It was up for 30 minutes before it got taken down by someone else. He has since said that he admits it was a mistake, that he didn't think it all of the way through but it wasn't intended in anyway other than the phrase.
But I'm not going to argue anymore. The thing is I don't say any of these words anyway. I don't make racists jokes, though I hear them often by all races. I don't make gay jokes, though I hear them often mostly by gay people. But I don't get uptight about it, because as long as no one is physically harming someone, or intentionally meaning it in a harmful way, or trying to infringe on anyone's rights, I really don't care what you say. Now if you will excuse I'm going to listen to my Avenue Q soundtrack, one of the truest songs ever written "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist"