‘Even though some of your friends might be gay, they are not ‘yours‘– Andy Cohen
BRAVO’s Andy Cohen is tired of hearing the women on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” referencing their gay male friends as “my gays.”
Last week on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live!, Cohen took a moment to address Beverly Hills housewives Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna about their usage of the ownership term ‘my gays.”
After playing clips of the cast members using the term repeatedly, Cohen decided to try to school the women on how ignorant and offensive the term was by comparing the term to ‘my Blacks.”
“Even though some of your friends might be gay, which is great, they are not yours, You do not own them. We are not cattle. We are not purses. The next time you feel like saying ‘my gays,’ replace it with ‘my blacks’ and see how that turns out.”
We are assuming Cohen’s equation of ‘my gays’ and ‘my Blacks’ was an attempt to show that it’s never OK to use possessive statements when referring to people.
But, using Black people to drive home his point was not the best way to do so. Being gay and being Black are two totally different struggles and are in no way comparable.
If Cohen wanted to drive home his point on the usage of the term — a material comparison would have sufficed.
What do you think?
Check out Andy’s “Teachable Moment” below.