October 7th, 2010
11:27 AM ET

N.C. Republican calls gays 'fruitloops' in e-mail

Rep. Larry Brown is in hot water over a "fruitloops" e-mail.

A gay rights group is asking people to flood a North Carolina state representative's office with cereal after the Republican referred to gays as "queers" and "fruitloops" in an e-mail to other lawmakers.

Rep. Larry Brown, a Republican, was replying to an e-mail that state House Minority Leader Paul Stam sent to members of his caucus. That message, dated September 27, discussed Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney receiving an award from Equality NC, according to Hackney spokesman Bill Holmes.

The e-mail string, which Holmes provided to CNN, had about 60 recipients. Brown's response consisted of two sentences: "I hope all the queers are thrilled to see him [Hackney]. I'm sure there will be a couple of legislative fruitloops there in the audience."

Messages left at Brown's legislative office were not returned Thursday morning. The cell number listed on his official state page is not working, and a message sent to Brown's e-mail address was not returned.

Brown is running unopposed for re-election this year.

The e-mail was made public recently when Equality NC Executive Director Ian Palmquist received a copy of it. "I was pretty shocked to see a legislator using that language," Palmquist said.

"Rep. Brown needs to apologize, but we haven't received any contact from him, not a word. It's offensive, but I really don't think he reflects what most North Carolinians think about gay people."

Stam told News 14 North Carolina that Brown's language was inappropriate but that he was not "the speech police."

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  1. Pumpkinhead

    Hilarious. Bishop Long would be proud.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mario

    Of Course he's a Republican. At least everyone is aware of what a jerk he is.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    If a CNN "quick poll" shows 40% are against gay marriage, the actual number for the general population is probably closer to double that... Those who think CNN viewers mirror the general population are extremely naive.. If this poll was on any other news source, the number against gay marriage would probably be closer to double this. Opposing gay marriage is not hateful or bigoted, it is recognition that the traditional basis for marriage is family, which in nature requires a man and a woman. Gays and lesbians are unable to reproduce, thus there is no basis for their "relationship". To those who support gay marriage, do you also support polygamy or pedophilia? Many people believe polygamy and pedophilia are acceptable relationships, yet we have laws against these types of relationships. Any argument supporting gay marriage could also be used to support polygamy, pedophilia, or any other non-traditional relationships.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cmmnsnsctzn

    I think that we need a derogatory term to refer to people like Mr. Brown. Any suggestions?

    October 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris Muir

    Maybe this guy should hang it up...what is he like 87 years old???

    October 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bana

    Be careful what you put in an e-mail, it might tell the rest of the world how you really feel.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. james

    My mama once said, "sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you." If you are a grown up and can't handle a little name-calling, you need to grow up some more. Being a little insensitive doesn't disqualify you from serving the people.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Share the bigot some love – Mr Larry *The Hate-Monger" Brown's email – Larry.Brown@ncleg.net

    October 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Realistic

    And civil discourse is all but dead in this country especially in the political world. I wonder if all these gay-bashers would allow all in military who are gay to leave now without repercussion in their civil lifes. I wonder in a time of 2 wars that has lasted 10+ years already would they be ok if we were to lose more of our brave men and women, on a volunteer basis? Nope, I bet these gay bashers would not like that and its because maybe their own children might have to go fight in their place. We need to wake up Americans or no know with any common sense will ever run for office again and we will end with people like this moron.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lol

      So, reality, really what you're saying is it's a gay, naked guy holding the world atlas on his shoulders?

      October 11, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. jon

    People like this idiot and religion are the reasons people think they can target minority groups and get away with it. A couple of his grandsons and grandaughters should come out as gay/lesbian in his lifetime and make him eat dirt............

    October 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lee

    Ah, one more step towards being SanAngeles.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Adam

    Actually this is pretty funny!!!... What he says in his personal life (and what he believes) is HIS business and for people to try to get him to apologize is just as ignorant and wrong as what he did...

    October 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KJM1968

    Fat, bald, redneck old geezer.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    Big Deal! 90% of the world doesnt want gays around them. We dont have to like somomizers if we dont want to either! Get over it and keep your perversions to yourselves...

    October 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Who Let the Dogs Out?

    Way to dig the dirt CNN. Kudos tothe minion that trolled countless e-mails. Must be an election year! If he's a Republican.... Crucify him, Crucify him. Long live vigilante justice ala the liberal press. BTW what ever happened Reverend Al "shyster" Sharpton? Oh sorry I'll have to read about that on the FOX pages! LOL You guys are ridiculous!

    October 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinks the Cat

      Christ! Relax and enjoy some Fruit Loops!

      October 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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