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Russell Brand Uses Gay Slur During Cambridge University Talk

The always outspoken Russell Brand raised a few eyebrows when he let a gay slur fly from his lips while speaking at Cambridge University.

The Varsity writes:

At one point he jokingly reprimanded the audience, exclaiming, "Shut up you Harry Potter poofs!" While most in attendance seem to have found this funny, some have spoken out against the use of the term. The CUSU LGBT representative Charlie Bell said, "It was a bit of a shock to hear that the word poof is considered an appropriate term to level as an insult, especially by someone like Brand, who models himself as the very model of a modern liberal... he should apologise unreservedly and immediately."

We're not sure exactly where "poof" falls on the spectrum of derogatory gay slurs, but Brand appears to be an LGBT ally so hopefully he'll choose his words more carefully in the future. 

Thoughts on Russell's word choice, Instincters? Should he apologize?

 

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Russell brands genuine compassion for others extends far beyond most of our comprehension. Give this man the same understanding he shows all others, which is unconditional love and acceptance! it's clear what his true intentions are even if he did make an off joke that could Offend those sensitive, negative souls. Find it within yourselves the insecurity that discomforts you and make peace with that truth.

Russell brands genuine compassion for others extends far beyond most of our comprehension. Give this man the same understanding he shows all others, which is unconditional love and acceptance! it's clear what his true intentions are even if he did make an off joke that could Offend those sensitive, negative souls. Find it within yourselves the insecurity that discomforts you and make peace with that truth.

It's a fucking joke. Chill. And besides, I don't think Russell Brand is important enough for us to care even if he'd said much worse. 

Let it slide. Let's not be all GOP on this; let them get anal over things. Not this.

Please gay brothers and sisters; can we just get over ourselves for God's sake? This pc is just becoming boring and bound to turn our straight brothers and sisters off.

oh seriously!!!... are we becoming this sensitive??? enough already with these complaints or apologies, we're becoming a bunch of pussies, ninnies and wimps! There you have it... I must have insulted just about everyone now! Let's focus on other other things rather than pick on petty remarks by our allies... its really becoming a joke

Ok, so I thought ibwas well versed in derogatory terms against our community. I guess poof is a term used in the UK cause I am not familiar with it here in the US. Personally as a gay male I do not find that word negative at all. Plus I think we are getting a little too sensitive these days. We have experienced a lot worse in our history to let any word define us. I understand and support education. But when do we over kill it leading to people not listening or taking our communication seriously?

I don't find "poof" offensive. If there are people who are offended, then that's an issue they, themselves, will have to work out. He could said a lot of shit far worse than that, in my opinion. I really don't think he was trying to insult the GLBT community.

The word 'poof' is derogatory if used by a homophobe. If Brand is not a homophobe, then just let it go.

So now poof is mean towards gays...?  What is happening to the world?! Even freaking allies for our community aren't safe from needing to apologize for stupid shit. First Baldwin now Brand. He better not apologize because there was nothing wrong here. 

Obviously, Russell meant no harm in it and he is a friend to the gay community. However, much like a black comedian would want to be mindful of using the n word in his or her act, a gay friendly comedian would want to be watchful of his words regarding the gay community as well. Although Russell may have meant no harm, his comment does fortify the people that bully gays in schools by referring to their sexuality and maybe even using the word "poof".  Even if one were to argue that it was said in a closed setting, words travel in this day and age through social media. Gays are being lynched in this world for being gay. Heterosexual and Homosexual children are committing suicide rather than be taunted by gay epithets, so it is a bit of an issue. If you are a grown up gay man that is not concerned about gay epithets being thrown around because you are strong, please realize that there are more vulnerable gays in the community that bear the brunt of homophobia being spread in social media, even if done in a funny way. 

Russell is not anyone that needs to be attacked for what he says, instead he should be honored for it!  Im gay and I love this man!  He is a brilliant light that is far beyond this silliness, but of course he will apologize because he is just sweet like that!  He shouldn't in my opinion! 

A cigarette in the UK is called a fag...Brand is an ally, he didn't mean anything by it :)

Lol pleas he's a comedian and there's no harm in that! 

As a gay man. I'd like to say.... this is ridiculous. If you know anything about Russell Brand, it should be that he is in support of the LGBT & GQ. Stop knit picking and go after people who are  purposely causing harm to our community. There is always room for growth and if anything is done just educating Russell about what is technically a gay slur is ok.... but demanding apologies. Just plain silly. 

Buy a sense of humor. Geez...evryone is so freaking touchy!

I agree with the other comments.  He's a comedian.  Who the hell thinks "poof" is offensive? 

YOU POOR SENSITIVE OLD FAG , WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THE SAME ROOM AS RUSSELL BRAND ?? HE IS THE MOST INTELLIGENT , CARING AND I AM SURE , THE LEAST HOMOPHOBIC GUY AROUND ! YES  I AM GAY !

Russell Brand has been one of the most outspoken advocates among celebrities FOR the gay community. Nothing to apologize for.

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