Ronnie Magro Uses Homophobic Terms

February 16, 2010

Juiced up JS cast member Ronnie is in the news again, and once again he’s not being shown in a favorable light. A couple of weeks ago we reported that Ronnie was in a bit of a scrap after using a racial slur on Twitter to refer to Vinny.

This time, he’s being called out for using homophobic language in regards to one of the men he fought on the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

On the show, some fancy editing made it seem like the bar patron was obnoxiously following Sammi and Ronnie as they walked home after a night out. The man continuously taunted the couple and Sammi began to verbally spar with the man’s girlfriend. Ronnie told Sammi to stop but the man decided to get in her face which prompted Ronnie to step up and tell him to get back before the first punch was thrown. In essence, the episode made it seem like Sammi was to blame for the escalation from annoying heckling to an all-out fight which Pauly D and the Situation flew out the door of the beach house to join.

However, TMZ recently learned that what aired was not the full story. It turns out that there is footage of Ronnie before the fight taunting the man right back and using homophopic terms such as “f**got” and “queer.”

The terms are obviously socially unacceptable and derogatory in the context in which he used them, but the production company who filmed the first season says that Ronnie was never cruel to the few members of the production staff who were gay.

That being said, there is a major disconnect when a person respects, or is said to respect, persons from the LGBTQ community and those that find it socially acceptable to use terms which are negative and demeaning to that same community.

To risk getting a little preachy here: At some point in the past two decades, the word gay took on a new meaning and teenagers and young adults began to use it to mean “lame” or “stupid.” While we here at Hairpoof don’t condone its usage as such, we do admit that all of us are guilty of using the term as such. But we’ve also noticed a new word cropping up in the pre-teen and teenage lexicon and it happens to be one of the terms Ronnie used — “f**got.”

Recently, one of Hairpoof’s writers was in the company of a 15, a 13 and a 10 year old. Things were going about as you’d expect when in the company of people younger than you until the word “f*g” started flying, and suddenly it was everywhere. “Those shoes are f**gy.” “You look like such a f*g.” “You’re a f**got.” “That situation made him seem like a f*g.” “He’s definitely a f**got.”

We’re sorry, but when the hell did using that term become “cool” for children to use? We can’t remember a time when we ever used that term to refer to how someone or something looks, acts or behaves.

Call us prudes, but that is incredibly offensive.

And then the kicker. The 15, 13 and 10-year-olds began talking about Jersey Shore. Strangely (to us at least), the 15-year-old was not the one that watched the first season, but the 13 and 10-year-old could recite quotations. And all of a sudden they began talking about Ronnie getting into fights and how he’s awesome.

Forgive us for giving a bit of detail on the topic to get to the main point, but Ronnie is a role model for better or for worse. And these children are already using socially unacceptable terms to refer to other people and things. Words which there is video of Ronnie using as well.

Now, we understand that Ronnie is a grown man and can make his own decisions as to what words and terms he deems unacceptable to use. We don’t fault him for having different values than us here at Hairpoof, and we actually encourage discussion on different value systems to create a dialogue in which both sides of an issue can grow and understand differing points of view. But there is a strange and somewhat scary phenomenon going on, at least among three teenagers we’ve associated with, in which more derogatory homophobic terms are coming into popular use.

We feel helpless to stop it as others will always make their own decisions and we don’t believe in censorship. But we ask that you at least think of what impact your words can have on others before you speak.

Photo credit: PacificCoastNews.com


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