ERICKSON: Orwell Rears His Head

ERICKSON: Orwell Rears His Head


On Monday of last week, to use the phrase “sexual preference” was completely acceptable. As recently as last month, multiple gay rights publications used the phrase. Leon Panetta had used the phrase in the past couple of years. Joe Biden has used the phrase this year.

Merriam-Webster considered “sexual preference” to be just another version of “sexual orientation.” But then Tuesday happened.

On Tuesday, the village idiot from Hawaii masquerading as a senator, Mazie Hirono, attacked Amy Coney Barrett for using “sexual preference” instead of “sexual orientation.”

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By Tuesday evening, the employees of Merriam-Webster had changed the phrase in their online dictionary to note it was offensive. No, I am not making that up. The dictionary company literally changed it after Barrett’s exchange with Hirono. Steve Krakauer, a former CNN producer who now produces Megyn Kelly’s podcast, documented the change on his social media feed.

Gay rights publications such as The Advocate went on the attack as well. In

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