Because Americans aren't Europeans. We're not as open minded like Europeans.
America is the founded by religious people n the Constitution is based on bible. It's safe to say America is a secular country.
Therefore homosexuals are sinners in the eyes of some Americans so we frown upon them n humiliate them.
*gay = sin = shame. Using "pause" gives them a reason to make gay jokes.
btw im talking about the majority of America. i know some of you buttheads think otherwise but US is still very religious n non-christians are not always welcome [in terms of their customs n cultures n etc]