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Radio station apologises for poll on whether it’s OK to say ‘faggot’

Nick Duffy October 26, 2017

A radio station has apologised after posting a Twitter poll on whether it is “anti-gay” to say the word “faggot”.

Radio station Dublin Talks 98FM had posted the poll after Irish MMA fighter Connor McGregor was recorded using homophobic slurs while talking about an opponent.

The fighter has come under fire for using anti-gay language in the past, but last week was taped ranting about rival Andre Fili.

Referring to Fili, McGregor said: “I thought you were going to sleep him… All I’m saying, he’s a faggot. I never knew he was a faggot.”

Fili condemned the slur, saying: “You don’t need to demean other people to make yourself seem bigger.”

But one radio station decided to poll its listeners on whether it was acceptable to use the anti-gay language.

(Creative Commons photo/Dave Kleinschmidt)

98FM posted the poll on Twitter, asking: “Conor McGregor’s in trouble for using the word FAGGOT. He’s been accused of being homophobic. Is it anti-gay to use that word?”

The poll attracted strong criticism online, with people mocking the station for asking the question.

The station said: “Last Monday, the Dublin Talks show on 98FM discussed a news story which developed over the weekend regarding Conor McGregor. The topic surrounded the use of a word that is offensive, particularly to those in the LGBT+ community.

“Following on from this incident, a debate developed in the public domain on whether the word used by Conor McGregor was meant in an offensive way or not.

“The Dublin Talks team debated this topic on-air, during which members of the LGBT+ community took part in the programme. The topic was balanced and contained a wide variety of opinions on the matter.”

(Creative Commons photo photo/Renée Johnson)

It added: “As part of the debate, the show put a poll on Twitter to gauge public opinion on this matter.

“It is important to point out this poll was in the context of the debate which was happening on-air at the time on whether Conor McGregor was homophobic by using this particular word.

“During the on-air topic we heard from many LGBT+ people who explained how this word affected them & others, and the impact such words can have to a person’s well-being.

“We also heard from other listeners who felt the reaction to this word was over-the-top, in the context of the leaked Conor McGregor video.

“At 98FM, we absolutely agree this word is an offensive & derogatory term and it was never our intention to cause upset.”

The statement continues: “The Dublin Talks show discuss various topics daily and try, where possible, to get all views.

“We use Twitter, text, Whatsapp and other social platforms to engage with our audience and find polls to be useful.

“However, the wording of the tweet to support the on-air debate on this occasion was wrong and for this we are sorry.

“Talking about these topics and words should not, and does not imply any support for their use.

“The entire team at 98FM are supporters & friends of the LGBT+ community in Dublin & beyond and are proud to be partners of Dublin Pride 2017 and other community events.

“We will be putting plans in place to team up with Dublin LGBT+ Pride to do training in the area of diversity.”

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor(Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Earlier this year boxer Floyd Mayweather apologised for using a homophobic slur in a press conference with Conor McGregor.

Mayweather used a homophobic slur while at the pair’s joint press conference to promote a fight.

At the event, Mayweather accused his rival of being a racist, before shouting: “You punk. You faggot. You ho!”

Three weeks later, Mayweather has finally issued an apology for the remarks.

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 23: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor face off during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor (Getty)

He said: “There are certain boundaries you just don’t cross,” Mayweather told the media in attendance during his open workout “In the press tour when I said something toward lesbians or gays when I said something toward him.

“I apologized, but him calling us monkeys, you have to realize, we went through years and years of up and down. Black Americans went through a lot.

“But I’m a strong individual. We live and we learn and hopefully after August 26, he won’t be speaking that same language.”

At the time McGregor refused to condemn the homophobic slur.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor(Photo by Getty Images)

He said: “I actually didn’t even hear that… [but] people are so touchy on words. It’s absolutely crazy.

“If he said that, I couldn’t give a (expletive). I think what he was trying to do was to switch it up and get the people back in his favour.

“I think it was a bit of a (expletive) move to try and instigate that on me.”

Mayweather was previously caught on tape in 2010 referring to boxer Manny Pacquiao as a “faggot” several times.

Related: BBC called out for inviting ‘jail the gays’ leader to debate LGBT rights

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