CheeseThe precise point is that it's not a random word. It is a word which has a long history as a homophobic slur. Please notice, nobody here has suggested MbL should be perma-banned or anything like that. A lot of us have said that a few days seems proportional and we respect the remorse which MbL has shown. Nobody here has suggested we think MbL meant it with homophobic intent, nor that we think he is a bad person.
The issue a lot of us are caught up on is the constant defence people are showing for using language which is harmful to marginalised people in society. It comes across as people saying they have no understanding or sympathy for people who face often daily challenges because of the way people speak both to and about them, who face violence and abuse for who they are. This went beyond being about MbL's involvement a long time ago.