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Don’t Tell Musto He Can’t Say Bitch


A New York Times reporter used an encounter with the Voice‘s Michael Musto to ask the famed columnist to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the word ‘bitch.’ As reported in Runnin’ Scared last week, the City Council is considering a symbolic ban on the b-word, just months after passing a similar measure that symbolically banned the n-word.

From the Times:

“Half my conversation would be gone,” said Michael Musto, the Village Voice columnist, whom a reporter encountered on his bicycle on Sunday night on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Christopher Street. Mr. Musto, widely known for his coverage of celebrity gossip, dismissed the idea as absurd.

“On the downtown club scene,” [Musto] said, munching on an apple, the two terms are often used as terms of endearment. “We divest any negative implication from the word and toss it around with love.”

But what about ‘ho?’ The article gave short-shrift to the other word that Councilwoman Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn seeks to ban. Is ‘ho’ more offensive than ‘bitch?’ Does it have less camp value?

We’ll ask Musto if we see him in the halls. In the meantime, discuss, bi-, um, beautiful people.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 7, 2007

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