About the word “faggot”
Louie: Do you think I shouldn’t be using that word on stage?
Rick: I think you should use whatever words you want. When you use it on stage, I can see it’s funny, and I don’t care. But are you interested in what it might mean to gay men?
Louie: Yeah, I am interested.
Rick: Well, the word “faggot” really means a bundle of sticks used for kindling in a fire. Now, in the middle ages, when they used to burn people they thought were witches? They used to burn homosexuals, too. And, they used to burn the witches at a stake, but they thought the homosexuals were too low and disgusting to be given a stake to be burnt on, so they used to just throw them in with the kindling, with the other faggots. So that’s how you get “flaming faggot.”
Louie: So what you’re saying is gay people are a good alternative fuel source.
Nick:That’s where they get the term, “diesel dyke.”
Louie: I’m sorry, go ahead.
Rick: You might wanna know that every gay man in America has probably had that word shouted at them while they’re being beaten up, sometimes many times, sometimes by a lot of people all at once. So, when you say it, it kind of brings that all back up. But, you know, by all means, use it. Get your laughs. But, you know, now you know what it means.
Nick: Okay, thanks faggot. We’ll keep that in mind.
Watch it: Louis CK ‘Faggot’ Poker scene
This is one of my favorite television moments of ever. Funny, poignant, entertaining and educational, this is a shining example of everything television can and should be.
Seriously. This is up there with Liz Lemon’s conversation in the park with sexy baby in 30 Rock s5 (both scenes feature Hannibal Buress: IS THIS A SIGN!? IS HE THE MESSIAH!?*). Having said that, though, I still skip the opening “jokes” in Louis’ “Chewed Up” stand-up because, no matter how he angles the joke, I don’t see him justifying his use of this word for comedy.
*If he were, that’d make my friend Mary Magdalene or some shit IF U CATCH MY DRIFT
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