Sunday 24 June 2018

Why we can just about forgive McGregor for saying that F-word

The Notorious caused offence last week - but, writes Donal Lynch, we should consider the evidence of a gay ally

Conor McGregor at the weigh-in for his Floyd Mayweather Jr fight in Las Vegas. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Conor McGregor at the weigh-in for his Floyd Mayweather Jr fight in Las Vegas. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

Can a straight person ever really get away with saying 'faggot'? That is the burning question posed by the video of Conor McGregor repeatedly using the word to motivate one of his minions during a UFC bout this past week.

Millions of kids look up to him and even for someone who generally sounds like a cross between a cartoon wolf and a Moore Street trader, it was hard to excuse.

'Faggot' is one of those words that cuts through the air like a knife wherever it is spoken. It's generally used by the kind of guy who was a school bully in the 1990s and has now grown into the meathead who thinks every gay guy fancies him.

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