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. Robert Hagedorn

    Anal sodomy? For a really big surprise, google The First Scandal Adam and Eve. Then click once or twice to get the surprise, which will be...too much work?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Does He Think He's A Cut Above or What!

    So the REPUBLICAN Representative from North Carolina is using gay slurs to demean gay people? Well, that should get all gay Republicans and their supporters to take a good hard look at what they really think about you the next time you go and attempt to vote RepubliCANT. They just can't get it right even to be politically correct can they? They just can't resist tearing down a person who is different from them. But that's what conservatives appear to be all about with little else to offer this country. It is sad to see and hear of something like this in this day and age and that old man should really know better!

    I hope Congressman Barney Frank and others remember that for a long time to come when he reaches across the aisle for support on things he may need. Rep. Larry Brown's comment is demeaning to a group of people who are citizens of this country and he does not know just how much or he probably just doesn't care. That's just the more reason to remember his remark for a long time to come and those who think like him.

    The Gay Defamation League needs to now get involved to secure a firm apology from this man first and make sure that he means it otherwise, it will be open season on gays from other like-thinking Republican Congress members and that can't be good for this country and its elected representatives as a whole.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Craig

    Flood his office with Fruitloops cereal.

    NC House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 609
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    October 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Estelle

    Politicians can have any bias – however as our elected officials they need to watch how they address anyone in this country – it is not shocking that an elder congressman from the south would use such a slur – but why is nobdy challenging him – we need to eradicate officials who show such ignorance

    October 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Just another good, old boy goober from the South. Some things never change. Drop that banjo and uncross your eyes!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. okay

    I'm mad this guy disrespected one of my favorite cereals by even putting it in the same sentence as "gay".. F@g cereal is more like Hersheys Quick or Count Chocula or Ochocinco..Fruit Loops are tasty and delicious..F@gs are just disgusting and wrong..i understand the analogie, but dammit man..leave the toucan out of it

    October 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Self-Reflected Disgust?

      Hey Bubba, we know you mustn't like yourself much but quit looking in the mirror already!

      October 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Just another good old boy goober from the South. Only difference today for this bigot is he forgot his "white pointy headed sheet" to go over his head. Some things never change.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. koko


    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leave Toucan Sam out of it !!

    Wow..mike..your sure intelligent..how did you know i was a klan member from the south ? You idiot ! Your just as bad with your quick to label judgements of people you know nothing about !

    October 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leave Toucan Sam out of it !!

    Just leave the bird out of it..he had nothing to do with it !

    October 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leave Toucan Sam out of it !!

    Being a f@g is a choice..a disgusting one at that..it is a disease .. Sick sick people

    October 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leave Toucan Sam out of it !!

    And he didn't forget his sheet..it's here at my house getting bleached..f@g bloodsatains all over it

    October 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. astro24102

    There is nothing honorable with his remarks. I am a conservative and he is way out of line to attack anyone in this way. The bible preaches love, forgiveness, servanthood. Its is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. Same principles apply.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. koko

    LMAO @ OKAY _great post buddyLOL

    October 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. okay

    OMG..here come the bible freaks out to play

    October 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
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