The Crown and the Queen Referring to Gay People As Friends of Dorothy
Season 4 of The Crown just dropped on Netflix and I’ve been watching two episodes a night since Saturday. Once again, it’s an interesting series and I love all the history. I may not believe it all to be 100% accurate, but I still like to watch it in a general sense.
With that said, there’s an interesting line that was once used all the time to refer to gay people. In this case it’s, “friends of Dorothy.” But there have been many other terms used over the years. One I remember hearing myself was, “he’s light in the loafers,” meaning he’s gay. It wasn’t quite as bad as when they called us queers, fags, and fairies. But you get my point.
“Well that’s the second reason he was never the right man or you,” the Queen goads, explaining that the man in question, Derek ‘Dazzle’ Jennings (Tom Burke), is a “friend of Dorothy”.
Here’s the rest. These references to gay people really were used back then, and no one ever thought there was anything wrong with it. Now, whether or not the Queen actually said this I don’t know.
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