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Hollywood normalized homophobic slurs for decades and that normalization trickled down to the general public who grew accustomed to hearing them. While liberals recognized that using these slurs was insensitive and wrong long ago, Hollywood continued to use them in TV and movies, providing cover to conservatives who could point to their use in cinema as a justification for continuing to use the slurs.
Conservative Trope Examples
- Phil (Bradley Cooper) makes a couple homophobic remarks including yelling, "Paging Dr. F#@got" and his answering machine message says, "don't text me, it's gay."
- Colin (Matt Damon) calls the opposing rugby team a bunch of "queers" and "homos" after a pickup game with his police trainee buddies. In a later scene Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio) calls Colin a two-faced F-word.
- Raddimus (Luis Guzman) insists that Mitch (John Francis Daley) "call 'em a f*g, ok. Very important. The game loses the meaning if you don't humiliate them for being a f*cking meat cake" after showing Mitch one way he likes to try and get the guys at the restaurant to unintentionally look at his exposed penis.
- Bridget (Renée Zellweger) narrates that her friend Tom (James Callis) is a "total poof" (British slur for gay man) while a male fan of Tom's music approached him and began flirting with him.
- Kyle says, "you're not getting all f#ggy on me, are you?" to Michael after he put his hand on Kyle's shoulder as they're riding in a golf cart together.