WARNING: some explicit language
It has come to my attention the Syfy show Ghost Hunters is facing yet another dose of controversy. Britt Griffith recently did an interview with Rain City Paranormal on Wednesday September 29, 2010 via Blog Talk Radio that has reportedly resulted in him being fired from Ghost Hunters International. The reason for his termination stems from his use of inappropriate language. During the interview, he referred to those against guns as “pussy faggots.” He later rants during the interview that he is unapologetic and if he’s too hardcore for people, they should just change the channel, etc..etc..
This has since opened up a rather large debate as to whether or not it is okay to use f***** and whether or not there was an overreaction to his conduct by firing him. Gays use it as a term of endearment. So, why can’t straight people use it too? It’s the kind of thing expected from Blog Talk Radio. He shouldn’t have been fired for it. The word was taken out of context. Even Ryan Buell has been brought in to some arguments concerning the situation. If Ryan used that word in an interview, it wouldn’t have been perceived as big of a deal. Perhaps so, especially since confessing to being a bisexual. Ryan went as far as to post his own response to this controversy. You can read his comments here.
Personally, I think f***** and n***** fall in the same category. Just because some gays and black people use them as terms of endearment doesn’t mean the entire world is open to use those words whenever they want. If Michael Richards and Isaiah Washington prove anything, it is being straight, a public figure and the use of one or both of those words will equal nothing good in the public eye. The damage has been done whether it be an honest mistake or not. It’s up to Britt as to how he chooses to handle the backlash (I do believe he has expressed his regret over saying the word several occasions so far) and the rest of the population as to whether he deserves a second chance.
**UPDATE** In case you were wondering why Britt is back on Ghost Hunters, he was rehired.