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. S

    My neighbor is gay and he constantly calls my other black neighbor a n****r when speaking to me about her. When I told him he was a hypocrite, he acted as if I owed him an apology....same typical crap! HA! Apologize for calling out the facts as they play out? Hellzzz no, I'm not apologizing. Like gays are so squeaky clean that they NEVER say things they shouldn't about others? Yeah right.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    @ DAT: Actually, he was quoted as saying, "fruitloops", not, "fruitcakes", as you so wrongly state. That's whats wrong with this country: fruitcakes (i.e., crazy, unreasonable, irrational people) like this Rep. and you, DAT, who not only get the info wrong/can't seem to read, but who are misguided, are able influence the laws and policies of our country.

    October 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matthew Curley

    There have been several cases where someone has said something similar to this on their facebook or twitter account only to arrive to work the next day and find out they don't have a job anymore. Wish something similar could be done here. Too bad he is running un-opposed.

    October 9, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. betsy

    Could have quest he is a southern evangelical, people like this guy have been dealing Black Americans grief for decades and still is!!!!!! He just needs somebody else to lynch!!!!!! But the funny thing is , he probably calls himself a christian!!!!!! Go back to the dark ages, STUP!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. betsy

    Go Back to the dark ages old man. Your a bigot and a racist!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rep. Brown is more upto date

    Than you think...he lifted the term off a CNN blog debating a gay issue. The man apparently has his ear on the ground, to one of the major feeds of the rainbow coalition, CNN. Why condemn him? Gays are fruitloops...a rather nice term of endearment for crazy!

    October 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Real American

    What an a hole that tells how Republicans will try running this country!!

    October 9, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PJ

    Well, there are plenty of closeted "fruitloops" in the GOP and I bet Barney Frank knows who they all are. Who was that who got caught foot tapping in the men's room last year?

    October 10, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. dzerres

    What I don't understand is why people continue to be surprised by the bigotry and racism of Republicans and conservatives. Hey folks, this is what these folks think – hiding it is the only way most can get themselves elected. They hate blacks, gays, immigrants, women for the most part, children and non-Christians. Why can't the country just understand what these people stand for and what kind of country they are pushing for. It's quite simple, really.

    October 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shady2U

    And Dems call Republicans - Tea baggers – Birthers – Bible Thumpers etc.etc . It is also true that being called a Fruit Loop was said about dumb people . Nothing to do with being Gay at all .

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

    This guy is likely gay himself. Would'nt surprise me a bit.....the old fruitloop.

    October 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |

    I don't have a problem w.gays personally,just don't like them forcing their lifestyle on everyone else.As for this politician,he was expressing his views,and for the record,I agree with him.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hibbo

    All the hatred is spawned from that wonderfully uplifting book known as the Holy Bible. Personally, I don't own a copy. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!

    October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gary Davis

    he should step down and before he leaves say he is sorry even if he doesn't mean it
    because even when we were children our parents told us to be polite . and respect others . even the ones that are different.. so kick his bigot ass out of the office sending a message to everyone in public service ( YOU WORK FOR THE PEOPLE )
    and if he doesnt resign . have a recall a and get someone else to run , or have the media pick someone to write in on election day and everyone vote for the write in .

    October 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carol

    Whats the big deal? They (politicians) all do it, and he just happened to get caught. There only words, get over it! Oterwise, we will have to fire them all!

    October 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
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