“Hey You Faggot”

Before you get all worked up about the title of this post, read ahead.

Last night on my way back from work, I was riding down West Side Highway here in NYC. The Christopher street light turned red and I had to stop. I was in the center lane and on my right a Ford 150 truck pulls up with a guy at the wheel.

Two pedestrians…guys cross in front of us. They are holding hands and are walking towards the waterfront.

One of them asks me “What year model is the bike”.

I say “1991″.

He replies “That’s old maan !”

And I am thinking….”Hmm well yes”

At that instant the light turns green and I put into gear and move on.

All of a sudden I hear the guy in the truck shout out “Hey You Faggot, get outa here”.

Believe me I was a bit taken aback. Not because the guy shouted out “faggot” but because this happened in NYC.

NYC is one of the most liberated cities in the world when it comes to homosexuality. And hence for this to happen in NYC was a shocker. If it was in Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, Oklahoma or any redneck middle of the country place, it wouldn’t be shocking.

I slow down and let the truck pass me. And bingo….it has Texas license plates.

My faith in fellow New Yorkers is back up.

Rock on NYC.

7 Comments so far

  1. Cully (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    I was just about to write up a similar incident I had on the Metro North platform last week. As we were all walking along the train looking for seats I saw a woman avert her 9 or 10 year old daughter’s eyes from a male couple who were saying goodbye on the platform. It was a tiny little peck on the lips and some hand holding but she felt the need to cover her daughter’s face, and alert her husband with an eye rolling “yuck” face. I just wrote it off to Bridge and Tunnel behavior. New York is safe and welcoming and wonderful but it can be scary when an intolerant outsider comes in.


  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    I’ll apologize for my ignorant redneck neighbors, but don’t lump us all of us in with that lot. Austin’s always been considered a blue oasis in a sea of red.


  3. ttrentham (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    I’ll apologize for my ignorant redneck neighbors, but don’t lump all of us in with that lot. Austin’s always been considered a blue oasis in a sea of red.


  4. arZan (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    Yes…Austin is a blue dot.

    I am sure the guy in the truck was not from Austin.

    There you go !


  5. jenny (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    Nothing says ignorant like creating offensive stereotypes and the misapplying them. You know, like calling whole states redneck?

    Oh yeah or I guess like someone calling you a faggot! Guess no one learned anything from this exchange.


  6. PeteGray (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Wow, I guess it’s true that New Yorkers are insular, insufferable self-centered assholes who love making crazy generalizations about “Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, Oklahoma or any redneck middle of the country place.” Oh wait, that’s just you.


  7. PeteGray (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    PS: Boooo, bigotry.



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