Coulter: You use the word 'faggot,' and you're going into rehab?
David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Tuesday February 6, 2007
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While discussing politicians and celebrities who "run to rehab in times of crisis," earlier today on Fox News Channel, conservative pundit Ann Coulter mocked the idea that someone should have to be "rehabilitated" for using a word that is considerd a slur against gays.

"You use the word 'faggot' and you're going into rehab?" Coulter asked incredulously on Fox's Live Desk A-List.

The best selling Godless author was referring to Grey's Anatomy star, Isaiah Washington, who used the word twice in reference to co-star T.R. Knight. Knight later publicly "came out" when word broke out about the on-set scuffle the two actors had.

Washington has been facing a lot of criticism from gay activists, the press, and even his fellow castmembers, and he recently checked into a treatment center to address his "issues."

"ABC has told him he must enter a program to examine why he would say such hateful words," a network "insider" told Life & Style Weekly last month.

"There is no question that it is just as offensive to members of the gay and lesbian community as the 'N' word is," Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said about the "other f-word" on CNN, as RAW STORY recently reported.

Coulter maintained that going to rehab was "a way of avoiding the actual bad thing you did," like "have an affair with your aide's wife."

San Franciso Mayor Gavin Newsom "apologized Thursday for having a sexual relationship with his former campaign manager's wife," the Associated Press reported a few days ago.

"Now," Coulter continued, "unless you were caught drunk driving like Mel Gibson � and that's what the issue's substance abuse � you know, you use the word 'faggot,' and you're going into rehab?"

"Come on," Coulter added.

Another Fox panelist, Lis Wiehl, author of the book The 51% Minority, argued that Washington could have defended his use of the word.

"'What's the problem?'" Wiehl said Washington could have said instead, "'It's my opinion, I can say it, that's not an issue.'"