"Homophobe" is a neologism used by gay rights advocates to describe anybody who does not like homosexuality. It is a stupid and poorly-conceived term for several reasons:
1. It implies that the person that it is applied to is afraid of homosexuals. Of course, hardly anyone actually is.
2. It shows a stunning amount of ignorance on the person who invented it. Literally translated, it means "fear of the same"(it can also mean "fear of humans" when interpreted as a bastard mix of Latin and Greek. By this definition, nearly all wild animals are homophobic).
3. It is extremely overused by people who don't have a clue about what they're talking about(e.g. "The Bible is homophobic because it says that gays should be burned!").
4. It has needlessly negative connotations(most likely stemming from the -phobe suffix). If somebody does not think that homosexuality is a good thing, how is that actually wrong?
Needless to say, it is a pointless - yet overused - political buzzword that has no basis in reality, and usage should be avoided.
Guy 1: Man, I'll never be gay. It's just...GAY.
Guy 2: HOMOPHOBE!
Guy 1: That is the gayest word ever. I have to go now, South Park's on.
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