Stephanie Rice apologises at a press conference in Sydney today over her Twitter remark:
Stephanie Rice is having a bad week. After broadcasting the most appalling thing on Twitter, she is being rightly castigated. And now there’s a knock-on effect for her wallet as Jaguar immediately terminated their sponsorship arrangement.
It was really four words that ended the deal with Rice, tweeted in the high of the Wallabies’ win over South Africa on Saturday: ”Suck on that faggots!”
According to the director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University, Bruce Moore, there was nothing ambiguous about the sentiment.
While terms like ”gay” may have been divorced from their homophobic origins in the past 20 years, faggot is not in that category.
”What surprised us, I think, is we haven’t heard it for so long aloud in public. It had that power to shock, almost like the word nigger,” Dr Moore said. ”The faggot part just seemed to be an extreme, strong, divisive term for homosexual. I just can’t see that you could use it in any other way.”
What was she thinking? She says she wasn’t. But for most people, no matter how excited or drunk or distracted…..that’s not ever a word that would slip out.