What the hell happened to Young Turks host Cenk Uygur? While the guy is normally LGBT-positive, in a recent episode of the show, he turns into one of this week's biggest assholes. After a co-host explains why the LGBT community doesn't use "homosexual" to refer to itself, Uygur goes on an incredibly arrogant rant about how he's "drawing a line in the sand" and refuses to say "gay," "lesbian," or even "LGBT."
The sheer amount of privilege Uygur demonstrates so aptly is overwhelming. Not only does he refuse to refer to our community by the name we prefer, he sets himself up as the arbiter of what is or isn't acceptable to gays and lesbians - even when it's pointed out to him with statistics and facts that using the term "homosexual" leads to discrimination against the LGBT community.
Shorter Cenk Uygur: "I'll call you people what I want. Now stop complaining." Want an even shorter Uygur? Don't watch Young Turks anymore and turn the channel when he's guest hosting on MSNBC.