Josh Denny, a straight White male who thinks being called a “straight White male” is equivalent to being called the N-word for African American people, has generated controversy on social media.
In a tweet, the straight White male host of “Ginormous Food” on the Food Network likened the basic description of his race, gender, and sexuality to a racial slur.
“‘Straight White Male’ has become this century’s N-Word. It’s used to offend and diminish the recipient based on assumption and bias. No difference in the usage,” wrote the straight White male.
Not only did he say place “straight White male” in the same category as the word associated with lynching, slavery and general injustice that Black people have suffered for generations, the straight White male also shamelessly compared himself to Martin Luther King.
“My point is when you call someone this in conversation – you know exactly what you’re doing: attempting to devalue their POV based on negative cultural stereotypes. That’s racism,” the straight White male wrote in another tweet.
The straight White male noted that it was the thing both he and Dr. Martin Luther King are fighting against.
Netizens soon piled on their angry responses to his ignorant posts, with many calling him out on his tone-deaf comparisons.
I wish you had the capacity to be ashamed of using our pain and outrage over your exploitation of the racial hatred that is literally killing us in order to gain attention.
I wish you were decent enough to care.
But if you were, you wouldn’t have done this in the first place.
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) May 19, 2018
Comparing “SWM” with the N-word is outrageously tone-deaf, inane, and wildly false. I don’t care how “persecuted” by “racism” you feel as a white dude, if you think use of the term is equivalent to a slur arising from centuries of SLAVERY AND SEGREGATION, you’re crazy.
— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) May 18, 2018
Oh, for the love of fuck.
You know why a pejorative term isn’t used for minorities? BECAUSE THEY HAVE LESS POWER. To use that term, to diminish them, is a constant reminder that they lack basic agency in the world as it exists now. They have no power. Don’t remind them. 1/5 https://t.co/y13ClQyATO
— Quinn Cummings (@quinncy) May 19, 2018
The n-word is considered the most offensive word in the English language. “Straight white male” is … not. https://t.co/njUfJKA0g7
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 19, 2018
nigga, please … https://t.co/MOK2kQ6hsE
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) May 19, 2018
I think Josh Denny is looking for a come up so he decided to piss off the African Americans. Ignore him. You won’t get a Netflix special out of us, bro.
— Kima Jones (@kima_jones) May 19, 2018
After generating a massive backlash, the straight White male said that he was just trying to “attract people to the conversation” and that some of what he said were mere “jokes.”
No one really bought into his claim that the tweet came from “a place wanting us to be better to each other” as the obnoxious straight White male is apparently known for his racist and bigoted tweets in the past.
Here are some of the hateful tweets other Twitter users dug up to remind him in case he forgot:
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