Thursday, July 3, 2008

What's Really In A Name?

In the latest installment of "Some people just take some things way too far," comes this report from the Washington Post. And just for the record, when did "gay" become a 4-letter word?, a Mississippi-based website committed to delivering "news from a Christian perspective," has a strict policy to replace certain words deemed offensive. So imagine the surprise when readers learned Sunday that Tyson Homosexual -- not Tyson Gay -- had run the world's fastest 100-meter dash.

The website ran the following altered Associated Press recap of Gay's 9.68-second wind-aided sprint:

"Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has. . . . Homosexual qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he's certainly someone to watch in Beijing."

"It means a lot to me," the 25-year-old Homosexual said. "I'm glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me."

Fred Jackson, news director of OneNewsNow, told the Washington Post that the site has been fixed.

"We took the filter out for that word," he said, without uttering the "G" word, the Post reported.

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