Afterwards, Clay approaches the team, asking, "Anybody hate me for anything I said?" And he's talking about the gay stuff, I guarantee you, because A) he's self-obsessed and B) he's from Texas. Texan anti-Semitism is an afterthought -- there are so many more people to hate first! -- because there aren't that many Jews in Bryan, Texas. Especially not compared to, say, New York City. I'm not denying the existence of anti-Semitism in Texas by any means, but it's decaf compared to what I've seen in other areas of the country. Ugly and horrible and stupid, yes, but low on the list of who's gonna get it first. And no, it's not cool to get into a "whose victimhood from prejudice wins" conversation, but I'm trying to explain Clay's mindset: not even on his radar.
Markus is like, "No!" very vigorously, which is funny because he's the only one to really feel the gay stuff was that damaging to them as a group. Adam says, rationally and helpfully, that the only thing that "really bothered" him was "the Jewish comments," and he asks that Clay refrain from that crap in the future. Clay's blown away by this, because he had no idea he'd crossed a line of any kind. Markus's finest moment is here, because he spends the entire conversation going, "Wait 'til later. Wait 'til later. Wait 'til later." Word, Markus. Man.
Adam and Clay continue to discuss it, and Adam goes into detail about the hows and whys, but does it ham-fistedly enough that I don't really think Clay grasps what he's saying: "Being a tight-ass and all that...I wasn't sure how I...honestly, I personally " Which, if you aren't thinking in terms of Jews being tight with money, and why would you be, doesn't give a whole lot of background, and I can see it coming off to Clay like, "Please do not use the word 'Jew' at all for the rest of your life." Which is pretty much the face, and response, that Clay gives: "It wasn't meant to, so...if I need to apologize to you, I apologize," which I usually hate, but he looks so damn lost here I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Just this once.