rehab for calling a closeted gay coworker a "faggot". If that wasn’t bad enough, he had the nerve to repeat the word during a Golden Globes interview by denying he ever used the word to begin with. Isaiah Washington is one of the best actors in Hollywood. I’ve never seen ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and have only been on the periphery of the news regarding his argument and subsequent outing of a coworker. This is all Hollywood nonsense.
In my book, the word “faggot” is never the right word. I find it offensive, derogatory and just plain rude. I’ve even had to call a few homophobic family members out for using the word. Nevertheless, "faggot" is a commonly used word. In the heat of anger, all rules of civility are cast aside so if you happen to be arguing with man, gay or straight, calling him a “faggot” certainly isn’t a term of endearment.; it is the ultimate insult.
Even if Rupert Everett embraces the word, many gay men don’t. Perhaps Mr. Washington does have some issues he needs to work out but whether he needs to go to rehab for using the word “faggot” is questionable. Does this mean the next white celebrity who gets caught using the word “nigger” is going to rehab too?