not to be rude or anything...but would you go out in public, say a starbucks, barnes and nobles, or any other public place and say something outloud like..."that car is gay" or "the prices they charge are gay"...i would probably look twice if i heard that and find it quite offensive to be used in public....when the word "gay" is used in the context that it is, it has a negative connotation to it and some people may be sensitive to it since some view it as derogatory even if they aren't gay themselves.
i mean, would you call your friend a "retard" for doing something stupid or funny out in public? (i know ive called my friends that when i was younger)...how bout if there was a mentally disabled person 10 feet away, would you still do it?
anyways, everyone has their opinion, and I certainly respect that, im just expressing my opinion because ive noticed people being insensitive to me in public (probably unknowingly) with their negative usage of the words that describe my nationality/ethnicity...it has nothing to do with being politically correct however...
just my 2 cents