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French court rules it’s OK to call gay hairdresser 'faggot'. Well, what about dancehall lyrics?

French court rules it’s OK to call gay hairdresser 'faggot'. Well, what about dancehall lyrics?

What is being called a “shock ruling” was handed down in a court in Paris, France, this week.

Believe it or not, an employment tribunal ruled that calling a gay male hairdresser a “dirty faggot” is not a homophobic insult, because the industry has a lot of gay men.

Of course, the question we here at Riddim-Don Magazine are asking is this: Could this ruling have any implication whatsoever on dancehall and its tumultuous relationship with the gay community in France? Is there some wiggle room here for dancehall artistes whose bread and butter have been stopped by gay protesters? (Just thinking out loud.)

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Anyway, back to the story. According to court papers, the unnamed hairdresser alleged that he accidentally received a text message from his boss containing the word “faggot” after calling in sick in October 2014.

A report in French paper, The Local, stated that following the dismissal the boss of the salon accidentally sent a message to the employee he had just fired which said: “I am not going to keep [the hairdresser in question]. I don’t have a good feeling about this guy. He’s a dirty faggot…They’re all up to no good.”

The words used in French were “sale PD”, with PD being short for “pédé”, a derogatory term that normally translates as “faggot”.At the tribunal this week, he was told the comment was not homophobic after officials ‘put faggot in the context of hairdressing’.

In the reasoning, the tribunal said: “If we put it in the context of the field of hairdressing, the council considers that the term ‘faggot’ used by a manager cannot be considered as a homophobic insult, because hair salons regularly employ gay people, notably in female hairdressers, and that poses no problem at all.”

 
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