Mass. Teen Calls on Apple to Change Definition of ’Gay’
A Massachusetts teenager wants Apple officials to change the mega computer company’s definition of the word "gay" in its dictionary, the Metrowest Daily News reports.
Becca Gorman, 15, from Sudbury, Mass., (about 22 miles west of Boston), started a campaign for Apple to change its definition of "gay" after she looked up the word in Apple’s dictionary while doing research for a school project.
According to Apple the third and informal definition of "gay" says "foolish; stupid," with the example, "making students wait for the light is kind of a gay rule." When EDGE searched the word Apple did define "gay" as "foolish; stupid" but the example Gorman provided to the Metrowest Daily News did not appear.
"At first, I was kind of in disbelief," the high school student told the newspaper. She added she searched the word in other dictionaries but none defined it the same offensive way as Apple.
Gorman’s parents are lesbians and she says the phrase "that’s so gay" is used often around her, but she says she didn’t expect Apple to define "gay" in a similar way.
"I felt like they had to take care of it," she said. After talking to her parents, Gorman sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and asked him to remove the offensive definition.