It’s only Monday, but we already have our first entrant into the “Moron of the Week” sweepstakes!
According to fashion designer Tom Ford, if you're a man who has sex with another man, “that doesn’t mean you’re gay.”
Sure, it doesn’t.
In an interview with the Telegraph published over the weekend, Ford — who is a gay man himself, but don’t tell him that — talked about how society has changed over the years to accept people from all walks of life while promoting his new cologne, Noir Anthracite.
Here’s part of what Ford had to say:
I think as variants on sexual orientation have become more fluid, people are just being who they are. What’s great about this new generation is that they’re growing up in a culture where anything goes.
If you’re a guy who paints his nails, that doesn’t mean anything. You’re a man sleeping with a man? So what – that doesn’t mean you’re gay.
He’s correct in the aspect that we live in a society where apparently anything goes. He's also correct that painting your nails doesn’t necessarily mean anything, either. But, to say that “sleeping with a man” doesn’t make you gay? Then...what does it mean?
If you ask the good people at Merriam-Webster, their dictionary gives a different definition than the one Ford provided.
Let’s take a look at one of the definitions of “gay”:
4 a : homosexual - gay men
b : of, relating to, or used by homosexuals
Just to be sure, let’s also take a look at how dictionary.com defines the term “gay”:
1. of, relating to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex; homosexual
Okay, great! I think we’ve got it now. After hearing Ford’s interpretation of gay, I thought I was having a stroke. Turns out it was just indigestion.
Thanks a lot, Tom!
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