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. okay


    October 8, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. okay


    October 8, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. okay

    Looks like someone has a crush..LMAO

    October 8, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. okay

    Disgusting but...LMAO !

    October 8, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. frak

    I just call them fa.ggo.ts

    October 8, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • ArgueWithMe. I Dare You.

      human is acctually the correct term. You should take a physical science class, you learn all sorts of useful information that is deemed factual and can be used as valid points in when trying to convey your opinions.

      October 8, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Stason

      And who knows, they might call you a poor.excuse.for.a. breeder!

      October 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rob

    Stupid redneck, I bet he uses the N word behind closed doors too. Didn't offend me though, I like fruit loops and fruitcake.

    October 8, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. andrew K

    I'm a conservative and I personally oppose gay marriage BUT I do not think any less of a gay person and sure as heck do not mock them and think of them as inferior humans etc. Brown is an idiot and the fruity one!

    October 8, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. ArgueWithMe. I Dare You.

    Why must we all be accusitory and childish? I find it ridiculous that a country founded on the principles of freedom is still being picky about who "deserves" it. No one on earth is perfect, therefore leaving no one room to judge. And even if you believe God, the last time i heard of someone on earth with all of His powers and right to judge was approximatly 2010 years ago, give or take. So love and let love, and share a bowl of fruitloops.

    October 8, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Beck

    Kill all minorities

    October 8, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm...

      Bob Beck you are the minority

      October 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |

      Hey Beck,you die first under my size 11 NAVY SEAL COMBAT BOOT!!!

      October 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JaneBeasley

    Stereotype of old white, redneck, uneducated, southerners apparently not just a stereotype -

    October 8, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. steveballan

    Calling gays "fruitloops" is not nice because it implies hatred. Let's not hate gays. Let's feel sorry for them because they are mentally sick.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. damassa

    These people thrive on drama...time to move on!
    Meanwhile, how does this affect my 401-K?

    October 8, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dirk4Truth

    The Religious Right OR The Religious Reich? The Republican Party has become an unholy-owned subsidiary of Fundamentalist Lunatics for the Christian Reconstructionism of America replacing The Bill of Rights with their own twisted vision of “Biblical Law,” which, like “Islamic Law,” means whatever the men in charge say it does!! A New World Order Dictatorship Ruled by The Religious Reich!

    October 8, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. True American

    Ya you guys are all right, nothing better than a little unnatural love! (sarcastic)

    October 8, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michael

    It does not matter one bit how many Americans agree with this loser running unopposed or not. The fact is America guarantees the freedoms and civil liberties of all its citizens, whether you like them or not. Of course he's running unopposed; it is North Carolina after all. What a dbag hick!!! Of course look at all the anti-gay crap Larry Craig used to spew before we found out he was toe-tapping around. This guy is probably the next Larry Craig.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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