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10/06/2007 09:53 AM ID: 65455 Permalink   

Boy Crowned Homecoming Queen, Parents Outraged

 

St. Louis: A week after University City High School senior Aaron Zaggy managed to be crowned 2007 Homecoming Queen, parents packed a meeting with the Board of Education to condemn him and raise concern about handling sexual orientation in the school.

Zaggy, who took a friend up on the idea of running, said the school board gave him permission to run and doesn't see the problem. He asked, "Homecoming is about fun. So why not keep it for fun purposes?" Some parents want a formal apology.

Although the entire student body was allowed to vote, only half actually did so, choosing Zaggy by almost 20 votes. "We just slapped up some posters and did it. And won," he said, adding he'd like to be seen as nothing more than a jokester.

 
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  by: caution2     10/06/2007 09:58 AM     
  It would have been more entertaining  
 
if a girl became homecoming king along with him. Oh well. I don't see the problem though. The kids voted him in and he ran willingly.
 
  by: jaded fox     10/06/2007 10:01 AM     
  Such  
 
an homophobic society.
 
  by: RV3   10/06/2007 11:19 AM     
  BAH  
 
I give up. May I ask, why give it a gender title? Such as Queen, if gender is not an issue, may I elect a dog to run next year? WTF is going on!!!!!!!!!?
 
  by: isuzu     10/06/2007 11:41 AM     
  ZOMGWTF and you can take this as being homophobic  
 
if you want. Being 'gay' nowadays is such a fashion trend and an excuse for DESPERADOS to get laid. Long gone is my tolerance.

Anyway, I think that king, queen etc. should be kept as their proper sexes and all this 'equal opportunity' crap knocked right on the head. Its how it is, deal with it. We have too much of the swaying and wooing in todays society, we really need some aspects of culture firmly knocked back 50 or 60 years ... and thats coming from someone who loves innovation, technology and progress.
 
  by: AccessG     10/06/2007 12:04 PM     
  Harmless  
 
all i see it as is just some harmless fun, hell i would've voted for him just because its funny, not because of equal rights or anything like that.

but yeah like jaded_fox said, they voted him in and he ran willingly, so i dont see a problem. not everything has to be serious
 
  by: rockaholic   10/06/2007 01:14 PM     
  Hah  
 
Thats uber, people need to learn to take things less seriously. Whats the big deal? Pissed fathers sad about a guy beating their daughter they spent $2000 on getting ready.. lawl.

Also I would of voted for him, he's damn hot!
 
  by: Youkan   10/06/2007 02:06 PM     
  youkan  
 
Naturally, we would expect YOU to vote for him. I wouldn't but I admit, I am not gay( as some people use the NICER word) I prefer the OTHER word.
 
  by: old man   10/06/2007 02:40 PM     
  @YouKant  
 
It is not about voting, but rather the title. As you have said "Also I would of voted for him, he's damn hot!"

Twice in one sentence 'HIM' 'HE' Where do you see QUEEN fitting in!?

It is not that I dont laugh at jokes or I have a broom stuck up my rear end due to my seriousness. it is a matter of principals.

Unless we totaly neglect and abandon traditions and title ourselves as IT. Queen is female, King is male.

If this election was for Home coming HOBO or IT, I careless and would have said take a chill pill to the parents, if the said "He's HOT" walked in as drag queen.

By the way it is 'I would have' not I would of...NP I
 
  by: isuzu     10/06/2007 03:09 PM     
  Funny stuff  
 
Also, I agree with isuzu, household pets should also be allowed. That would get a few laughs.
 
  by: Maxx20     10/06/2007 03:23 PM     
  They should have  
 
been more specific. The title should be for "Homecoming Straight Born-Female Queen". LOL
 
  by: Lurker     10/06/2007 03:41 PM     
  @Maxx20  
 
Entertaining yes, but it's hard to hold a debate when one of the candidates keeps chewing on his crotch!
 
  by: opinionated   10/06/2007 03:45 PM     
  lol  
 
"It is not that I dont laugh at jokes or I have a broom stuck up my rear end due to my seriousness. it is a matter of principals."

please, stop contradicting yourself.
 
  by: silentrage   10/06/2007 05:04 PM     
  lmao  
 
that's funny and I just LOVE the pic!!!

Prom Court is such a joke. It's nothing but a popularity contest or a way for people to ridicule the losers by electing them as a joke (that happened at my prom and the poor girl was up there red faced, crying).
 
  by: NoTalentAssclown     10/06/2007 05:49 PM     
  I kind of agree with Izuzu  
 
on this one. It should have been a matter of principles. If you are going to hold a 'queen' of 'king' competition then you really should ensure the title has relevence.

However since I am sure no actual rules have been broken I would have just seen the funny side of it all.

I bet it is the stuck up rich parents whose kids only go high school so they can become prom queen (Having so much money they don't need an education) that really care about this, thinking "My poor princess deserved this much more than him because we have much more money".
 
  by: Anglo_Englishman   10/06/2007 08:15 PM     
  Tradition?!  
 
Give me a break, it's homecoming. If you can't see the humor in this, you're officially old. Congratulations, you're now entitled to shake your fist at those durn kids and worry about homosexuals making you marry gay.
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     10/06/2007 08:52 PM     
  actually  
 
I don't think house pets would be allowed, as I'm fairly certain that homecoming nominations are strictly reserved for attendees of the school only.
 
  by: theavenger8     10/06/2007 09:20 PM     
  ...  
 
So could a school pet win then?

If so, vote for the guinea pig!
 
  by: Heresy   10/06/2007 11:50 PM     
  pets? wtf?  
 
why do homophobes always argue that accepting gay people as human beings will lead to a slippery slope of beastiality and the end of civilization and morality? it's an utterly retarded argument.

for those saying he can't be queen because he's a guy - look up the definition of queen. it's either a female monarch or slang for a homosexual male. did the point of this joke go over everyone's head?

seriously, the students all had a good time. who the hell do you people think you are to stop this because YOU don't approve? get a hobby.
 
  by: ManilaRyce     10/06/2007 11:58 PM     
  Tradition?  
 
Seriously, if you can't have fun at homecoming what is the point of attending. Anyone groaning and moaning about traditions probably were the jerks that made the party stiff and dull by taking that overblown popularity contest too personally. Lighten up.

Do any of you actually remember who won the homecoming titles? (without checking your yearbooks)I guarantee the students will remember this homecoming and the winner because it was entertaining. Let the kids have their fun.
 
  by: jaded fox     10/07/2007 06:40 AM     
  15 years ago it would have been very funny.  
 
15 years ago the papers would have to have been secretly altered because it would have been stopped by the school, nowadays the schools are so scared at being sued its quite untrue. Undermining the school and doing it would have been funny but basically being held to ransom in modern society like people and organisations are just is no longer funny. If he had been stopped by the school there would have been grounds to start court action, which is damn sad.

ManilaRyce "for those saying he can't be queen because he's a guy - look up the definition of queen. it's either a female monarch or slang for a homosexual male. did the point of this joke go over everyone's head?"

Not looking for a massive argument over this but that is COMPLETELY flawed. Yes thats part of the joke and yes in slang and maybe even some dictionaries it may say that but heres the real test. If I was working somewhere and I called a gay guy a queen there would be grounds for them to complain and my dismissal, possibly even court action ... royal court? hehe.

Basically you can only use those terms when it suits the person/group that wants the term used and then all of a sudden its a joke ... or is it the sytem and society thats a joke. I can call myself a typical Scottish idiot if I want, if your not from Scotland it can be all of a sudden racism and if your Scottish the reply then goes to 'who are you calling an idiot?' See what I mean?
 
  by: AccessG     10/07/2007 07:34 AM     
  50 or 60 years ago...  
 
...the parents or boyfriends of those runners up might have "secretly altered" Mr. Zaggy after the fact. Ah, the good old days.

The punchline here is that Zaggy isn't even gay. I wonder how many people read the source to find out that no gays were involved in this before launching into a tirade on how this is yet another example of how they're wrecking society?
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     10/07/2007 07:55 AM     
  @AccessG  
 
"Basically you can only use those terms when it suits the person/group that wants the term used and then all of a sudden its a joke "

how is my logic flawed? whether there's a double standard regarding who can make a certain joke is irrelevant. it was made and was humorous to everyone. there are also certain jokes that only black comics can do. that doesn't mean chris rock or dave chapell aren't funny.

it's also rather irrelevant to the situation if the boy was gay or not, though it does make the homophobes look especially moronic. a boy won the queen homecoming crown. if it would've had more social significance then even better, but the basic concept is what's funny. there's no need to over analyze this to rationalize your disapproval. do you protest this much when you see eddie murphy or martin lawrence in drag?

men have been dressing in drag for comedic purposes for literally centuries. why is this case so different? is it because we assumed he was gay? if so, i find it rather odd that it's more acceptable for a straight man to dress as a woman than a gay man.
 
  by: ManilaRyce     10/07/2007 10:57 AM     
  Damn funny I thought.  
 
Even funnier now that some uptight parents are calling for a "formal apology".
 
  by: CrisW   10/07/2007 11:57 AM     
  15 years ago  
 
Actually, I think this would have been *less* controversial 15 years ago. Back in 1992, the U.S. was getting ready to elect a president who was suspected of having a rather "open" marriage and who "didn't inhale" (wink, wink). America has become a lot more puritanical since the Clinton era.
 
  by: l´anglais     10/07/2007 06:37 PM     
 
 
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