Really, they did:
Referring to gay people as “homosexual” is a practice that’s quickly falling out of favor with major news outlets due the term’s often pejorative connotation and frequent use by opponents of LGBT equality. But Fox News has yet to update its language when referring to gay and lesbian people.
Fox employees from Megyn Kelly to Sarah Palin continue to use the word “homosexual” to describe gays and lesbians.
Well, I had no idea calling a homosexual a “homosexual” had a “pejorative connotation” and that this term was only used by “opponents of the LGBT equality” but I guess that’s the new rules as outlined by Media Matters.
I’m not the only one to be late getting this memo because today I heard that “offensive” word used by Boy George. Remember him? He actually has a new album being released this week and NPR’s David Greene sat down to talk to him about it and check out this exchange about a track on the new album (emphasis mine).
GREENE: OK, Boy George, sort this out for me: You say, in a way, it sort of speaks to what we were talking about, and in a way, it doesn’t.
GEORGE: Well, it’s a man singing to his wife. He’s talking about his kid crying. So that wouldn’t be about me, because I’m a homosexual. I don’t have any kids. So, it’s not a literal song. So, it’s a kind of filmic song. You know, I wrote it like a film script. And it’s a song about messing up, and yes, I’ve done that, but it’s not literally about me. You know, if it was about me, I’d call it “Queen of Everything.”
By Media Matters’ new rules, Boy George is now considered an opponent of LGBT equality.