You will be shocked, appalled AND quite outraged to learn that people around here have embraced Stephanie Rice's gay slur. Suddenly everyone* is saying "Suck on that faggots."
It has become a catch phrase.
* Everyone except me. As a pedagogue, role model and experienced blogger (eight years this Friday), I always set high standards with regard to respectable public discourse.
And now, a brilliant picture of a golfer sucking on a cigar:
Bet you didn't know Matthew Mitcham was gay. Not even when Matt waved to the camera after his last dive in 2008.
"Some of my best friends are straight."
Stephanie Rice's comments were offensive but she's not homophobic, says Matthew Mitcham
But Mitcham, who is openly gay, wrote on Twitter that, while Rice's comments were thoughtless, "she luvs gays".
"I agree, it was offensive & very thoughtless, but being friends with her for 2yrs, I know she is not homophobic," Mitcham wrote.
A tearful Stephanie Rice has made an emotional public apology over her homophobic slur on Twitter, saying she has learnt a huge lesson.