[A British] MP has backed the complaint of a gay couple who say they are offended by a “homophobic” road named Bangays Way in their village.
Bangays Way is a new cul-de-sac in a residential development in Borough Green, near Sevenoaks, Kent. It is named after a well-known parish councillor Frank Bangay who passed away in 1999.
But a married gay couple have taken offence to the additional “s” and say it makes the name “homophobic”. One, who did not wish to be named, told the Telegraph: “Having got over the initial humour, we reflected that this street name was actually pretty offensive. Somehow seeing it on the sign made it look even worse.”
First off, it’s impossible for a street to be homophobic. After all — anyone, male or female, can lay road.
Secondly, I’m about as gay-friendly as a guy can be, short of actually making out with another guy. That said, this BS has got to stop. These petty complaints (and they don’t just come from gays, mind you) — that every little this offends every little that — have got to stop.
These whiners sound like children complaining, “But that’s not fair!” Well, buckle up buttercup — life ain’t fair. And sometimes roads get named after decent men with funny-sounding last names. If you can’t deal with that, go back to kindergarten.
I’ll finish with a very grownup quote from Stephen Fry:
It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that.” As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine. “I find that offensive.” It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I am offended by that.” Well, so fucking what.