Apple takes the heat over insensitive dictionary entry for ‘gay’

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MASSACHUSETTS – Apple’s stock Dictionary app is in the spotlight this week after a Massachusetts teen took issue with a derogatory definition of the word “gay.” But not every Mac shows the same definition — and, of course, Apple didn’t write the entry, it just licensed it.

A 15-year-old has asked tech giant Apple to change the company’s definition of the word gay.

Becca Gorman of Sudbury, Mass., says she has two lesbian parents and was saddened when she looked up the word “gay” in her MacBook Apple dictionary for a school project. Among the definitions she found there: “Foolish; stupid.”

Gorman, a high school sophomore, wrote a letter to Apple, known to be LGBT-friendly. She wrote to CEO Tim Cook, saying that she was disappointed in the company’s definition.

Not long after, Gorman got a call back from an Apple representative, who says the company will do what it can to correct the problem.

Gorman says she’s happy that she got the response but is still waiting for the change to happen.

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