As we know, the Twitterverse is a place of great touchiness when it comes to language, and its denizens are always on the prowl for errant word crimes.
Today, they have their sights set on 31-year-old pop star Lily Allen, who wrote “Fags hate Trump” in a tweet pushing her new song, a cover of Rufus Wainwright’s “Going To A Town,” produced by Mark Ronson, and created specifically as a protest against U.S. President Trump.
Allen was retweeting an article by Gay Times that heaped praise on the song, which you can see below:
Fags hate trump https://t.co/VZekBaX7o5
— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 25, 2017
That’s when the angry responses began pouring in, by people who were furious she’d use a word that is often used to insult gay people. Others were angry that she only mentioned gay people.
That’s when gay rights activist Peter Tatchell came leaping to Lily’s defense, saying that Allen was using the term as it’s been reclaimed by gay people as a self-powering act of defiance:
The fuss over placard ‘Fags Hate Trump’ is well-intentioned but misguided. ‘Fags’ is not used with insulting intent.Placard is held by gay person who’s using the word fags in a positive, affirming way, as gesture of pride & defiance.
The way fags was used was not derogatory but proud and defiant.
Congratulations Lily Allen for your hauntingly beautiful, powerful and moving anti-Trump version of Going To A Town.
It’s a sentiment you’ll share after checking out the track: