NBC/CBC Analyst Mike Milbury
We’ve been wondering for awhile, in the overly sensitive culture we live in, why Mike Milbury’s use of the terms “pansy” and “pansification” in terms of NHL fighting hasn’t bugged any of the millions of special interest groups that exist across America and Canada.
Well, we have our first horse out of the gate so to speak. The group is called Eagle Canada, a “gay advocacy organization” according to The Globe & Mail’s William Houston, who has more:
“That’s ridiculous,” said Helen Kennedy, the executive director of Egale Canada. “So it’s okay for people to go around using these slurs — derogatory, stereotypical terms against a group in society? That’s outrageous.”
Network spokesman Jeff Keay said neither Milbury nor Cherry intended to offend homosexuals by using “pansification,” a derivative of the word pansy.
“The point is, it was no way intended to be a reflection on or offensive to gay people,” Keay said. “I think the colloquial use of the term was something they didn’t associate with gay people. The way the language evolves over time, 20 or 30 years ago it would have been seen, reasonably enough, as a direct slur against gay people.
“But I think with usage now, I’m not sure the association is so immediate.”
Kennedy wasn’t buying the explanation.
“Words like pansification just further the stereotype and perpetuate the homophobic stereotype in our society,” she said yesterday.
I don’t think Don Cherry and Mike Milbury were looking to insult homosexuals with their comment, considering I don’t think Milbury or Cherry would ever admit to having spoken to one before. Either way, I feel that Eagle Canada is taking this the wrong way. Milbury isn’t right to use the word “pansification”, though, because A. it makes no sense grammatically, and B. it’s calling anyone who dislikes fighting a pansy.
Don’t you love it when everyone’s wrong? We sure do.