While describing her struggles as a working mother, the usually politically correct first lady used the racial slur, gypped. Defenders of Romani point out that the abbreviation, “gyp,” is nothing more than a callous slur used by the culturally insensitive. Similar slurs to “gypped” include “Jewed down” or calling someone an “Indian giver.”
But it’s not entirely Michelle’s fault. It seems as though she borrowed the offensive colloquialism from her husband, President Barack Obama. In 2009, at a town hall meeting in Allentown, Penn., Obama said that he was seeking to regulate health insurance companies to make sure that people don’t get “gypped.”
We should, in fact, stop saying ‘gypped.’ But the outrage is obviously disingenuous. Most people don’t associate the word with Gypsies/Roma/Sinti. That is why the Daily Caller was happy to use the “offensive colloquialism” in their own articles in the past. I guess basic honesty is too much to expect from the right-wing outrage machine.
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