|re: "Gypsy" is a slur, deal with it (language warning, reference to gay slur)|
|Last Edit: Singapore/Fling 04:30 pm EDT 07/16/21|
|Posted by: Singapore/Fling 04:27 pm EDT 07/16/21|
|In reply to: re: "Gypsy" is a slur, deal with it (language warning, reference to gay slur) - BroadwayTonyJ 08:58 am EDT 07/16/21|
|Oh, I think it’s relatively easy to remove it from common speech by substituting the word Roma or Romani when referring to the people, and otherwise not using it to refer to anything else. When discussing a proper noun, like someone’s name or the title of a musical that’s nearly 70 years old, then the situation is different, of course. Likewise, if we wish to talk about historical usages, such as an unlicensed car service or a chorus robe, one might elect either to not use the word - there are plenty of alternatives - or to offer the word with an awareness of how our understanding of it as non-Romani people has changed (which increasingly I’m not doing, as it feels disrespectful).
You will notice that in that entire paragraph, I have not used the word in question without sacrificing clarity. It’s pretty easy.
A person of that heritage is of course able to use it to self-define, but that does not give you permission to use it. Recently, Black playwrights have begun to specify that the presence of the N word in their plays does not give non-Black people license to use the word. Likewise, a young man referring to his heritage using the G word does not give you permission to use it.
The important thing is that we’re having a good faith conversation around the history and usage of the word, which is quite different than bemoaning the fact that non-Roma have been asked not to use it, especially when referring to an invasive moth.
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