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Breaking News: Heisman Trophy Winner Once Used ‘Queers’ as a Slur on Twitter

Posted on | December 9, 2018 | 1 Comment


It is being treated as a major scandal — nationwide headline news — that when Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was 15, he used “an anti-gay slur” on Twitter. These “homophobic tweets,” to use USA Today‘s description, were not aimed at actual homosexuals, so far as we know. Instead, these were Murray’s jocular responses to his friends, the sort of juvenile stuff one expects of any 15-year-old.

“Listen to me you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the g–d–n face and you’ll stay plastered.”
William F. Buckley Jr. to Gore Vidal, 1968

If “queer” was acceptable to Bill Buckley, why should we condemn the Heisman Trophy winner for using it? Also, if “queer” is such a terrible word, what about this usage?

The LGBTQ+ Community Lounge, located on the first floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, is a place where people of all identities within the LGBTQ+ community can gather and connect with one another in an accepting environment. The lounge was opened in the fall of 2015 in response to calls from student groups such as Queer Inclusion on Campus (QuIC) who expressed a need for a space specifically set aside for the LGBTQ+ community. Featuring comfortable furniture, a large flat screen television, and plenty of table space to study, the lounge is a great place to meet other LGBTQ+ students at OU.

Oklahoma University has a “Queer Inclusion on Campus” student group, so why is everyone having a conniption that the Sooners’ quarterback used the word “queer” six years ago? Isn’t it because the way Murray used the word might be taken as evidence that he disapproves of homosexuality, and that such disapproval is now considered unacceptable? In other words, this is about Thought Control, enforcing a totalitarian conformity of opinion. Gay supremacy, so to speak.

Obviously, as a ’Bama fan, I thought Tua Tagovailoa deserved the Heisman, but he was gracious about the vote.



One Response to “Breaking News: Heisman Trophy Winner Once Used ‘Queers’ as a Slur on Twitter”

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