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. mike

    This guy looks a little fruity himself. Is there a bigger bunch of closet gays than the Republican party?

    October 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOBO

    I am ticked cause that used to be my favorite cerial. Now Politicial are cerial racists. This is Down right bill and Kelloggs should sue ....

    October 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay

    The guy looks like a gay fruitloop anyways. Another closeted Republican....

    October 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AGeek

    I'm ok with him calling someone "fruitloop" if he'll respond to "backwards@$$ ignorant #$(*ing redneck".

    October 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      So does that mean you will respond to hate spewing antagonist then?

      October 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      I'm thinking your sarcasm detector is broken.

      October 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Observer

    Speaking of products, if Rep. Larry Brown was linked to one it would be Dum Dums.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TheUglyTruth

    He undoubtedly dictated that email to a male intern while sucking on the boy's toes. The list of closeted conservatives bashing the openly gay continues.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hasamana

    Frootloops! I've just been compared to a fun and tasty breakfast cereal. Gee thanks!!! Maybe I am Toucan Sam, but this guy sort of looks like "Count Chocula" to me.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewCoaster

      wrong – FrankenBerry.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • LB

      Or Two-in-the-can Sam?

      October 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. user

    God said dont be gay, its an abomination, God is not wrong, you ppl will find out someday.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      God said that eating shellfish is an abomination too and I'll bet you or your friends do that.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      "God" also said that we should own slaves I guess that would be ok with you too...

      October 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      God didn't say anything. The bible was written by HUMANS. Humans with political agendas. Humans who lived in a different age.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You should consider that not all Americans believe in your god.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      And wait till you die,,,, and the lights go out... and that's it.. stop the fairy tales or I can go into your sick little book and pull out some weirdness ! Shall we ?

      October 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Will

    I am a Gay American and I am proud.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TwM

      That is your lifestyle choice. I hope eventually you find a nice woman to spend your life with.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      I have already found a woman, my mother who taught me that what goes on in the privacy of your own bedroom doesn't make a person, it's outside the bedroom and what you contribute as a productive part of our society. May she rest in peace.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      The only thing that matters about that statement is which are you more proud of, being gay, or being an American?

      October 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Momof4

      Will, I like your mom. You are lucky you had her in your life!

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

      Being gay is not a choice.. .if you think so , answer this... at what point did you decide you were straight ? Be honest..

      October 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Anyone who says " being gay is a lifestyle choice" is both uneducated and lacks basic street smarts, how pathetic is that ?

      October 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr7x

      Doug, Everyone is born straight you decided to become gay

      October 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Normal Human

      Correction, you are not an American, rather an illegal immigrant like a Jew in Germany

      October 8, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • PJ

      Me too!! And much happier than some of those born again biggots who mouth off all the time forgetting that Jesus had 12 male buds.

      October 10, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. JOHN SCHLON

    Brown does look like he would hold one in his mouth on a bumpy road.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bean

      It's "hold one in his mouth till the swelling goes down" nothing about a bumpy road. And for the love of all things holy stop picking on the gays folks.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJ

      Brown has a very big mouth.

      October 10, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. JayZurell

    Unless you're in RTP, Durham area or Asheville, it's what most North Carolinians think about gays. I'm from there; I know.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Researcher

      You left out Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and several other places where people think. I know; I'm from NC.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Les

    Why is everyone upset by his calling a spade a spade. Go Get em Larry!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mm

    he's too old to be politically correct. everyone needs to lighten up!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shari from Madison

    At best, he is insensitive. At worst he is a bigot who judges anyone different from him to be crazy and dangerous. People like him have no business in any leadrrship role. Did not Jesus say, Judge not lest ye be judged? Impeach him!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tyrone

    He does look a bit like Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Ted Haggerty and that self-hating crew.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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