A Massachusetts teen was shocked to learn her Apple MacBook defines “gay” as “foolish” and “stupid.”
Becca Gorman, 15, is the daughter of two lesbians. The Sudberry high school student was writing a paper on gay rights on her laptop, when she found the definition. She says she was hurt that a big company like Apple would legitimize an offensive use of the word.
Apple’s online dictionary includes this definition of the word gay as “foolish, stupid, or unimpressive.”
The example given says, “Making students wait for the light is kind of a gay rule.”
The Lincoln-Sudbury High School sophomore said she checked other dictionaries and can’t find this “informal, often offensive” definition in any of them without the label “derogatory.”
Gorman wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook asking about the entry.
“I assume that you are a pro-gay company, and would never intend for any one of your products to be as offensive as this definition was,” she wrote. “Even with your addition of the word informal, this definition normalizes the terrible derogatory twist that many people put on the word ‘gay.’”
An hour later she received a call form an Apple representative promising to look into the matter, but the definition still isn’t changed.
“I feel like we’re going to have to make a bigger deal about it before they actually act on it,” she said.