Straight Men Compare Being Labeled Gay To Racism

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September 23, 2013
5:03 p.m.

Okay, it was a mistake. But would it be racism if they were labeled “Black,” “Asian,” “Muslim”? And would two gay men do the same if they were labeled “straight”?

According to The Daily Mail, the two men were at Judson’s Bar in York, England, and got a receipt that said “gay guys, stools” in the comments section. This was to help the staff know where to deliver their food.

The men insist they are not upset as being perceived as gay, but that the waitress stereotyped them based on sexual orientation. They compare this to racism.

“I obviously thought it was inappropriate,” said Al Butler, 26, who received the receipt while dining with a friend. “It took a while for it sink in. It was not insulting, it was just a shock. I was surprised. I would not expect it anywhere else. It’s as equally unacceptable as racism.”

“It’s not a bad thing to be called gay – although I’m not and neither is my friend – but I think it’s prejudiced,” he added. “It’s jumping to a conclusion without the need to do so.”

Butler claims he asked the bartender about the receipt immediately after receiving it but was offered no sympathy. The restaurant has since apologized for the “unprofessional” gaffe and promised to discipline the server, who is apparently new. Still, owner Peter Ward believes the comment was unfortunate but “not prejudice.”

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Are we being racist if we say being called “gay” should be considered flattering? Hell, our straight friends love it! 

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