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. ChrisMeece

    [Quote]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 ... "fruitloops"[/quote]

    Fruitloops?!? You have it all wrong. They are bunch of T-bones (steaks). In fact I believe there may be a few Lobster heads among the group as well. So send all the hate food you want my way. 🙂

    October 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      [quote]1 cap and 1 lowercase does not really work in html.[/quote]

      October 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisMeece

      Good eye Will.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sylvia MN

    God made Adam and Eve
    Adam and Steve

    October 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      And he made the EASTER BUNNY too!!!

      October 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolling stone gathers no moss


      God made Adam & Steve, and bob, and john, and.....
      you get the picture ?

      October 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarheel87

      He also made Cain and Abel...not Cain and Mabel

      October 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Sweet Zombie Jesus, that RHYMED, so it must be true!!! Did you make that up yourself? Thank you for helping me to see the light.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I thought god made everyone...

      October 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thriller

      And Eve was a lesbian and that's why she tried to do away with Adam with an Apple.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. robertJ

    I live in this backward hick state and these people always have been and always will be recist biased biggots. They live 20-30 years behind the times an insist they understand the world and they do – only to their understanding it is the 70's and 80's. They don't even understand each other or why 2and 2 equal four.I would not have expected anything more from a backwoods redneck hillbilly than what he said.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      It is sad that someone who represents all the people in his district is a bigot and insensitive. If you're gay or black or muslim or jew or catholic or educated or different than he is, and you live in his district, you can't feel very good about being represented. I guess he only cares about white straight non-drinking baptists–or whatever he is.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Researcher

      That is a huge gross generalization. Not everyone in NC is backwards or a hick, yet there are many and they are often outspoken. It depends on where in the state you live and with whom you interact. Just wish I lived in his district; he would no longer be running unopposed.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • pb

      And the bigotry continues.........

      October 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinks the Cat

      Robert, release your nonsensical bigotry and embrace the healing power of Fruit Loops. They are so fcuking tasty I just can't help myself....

      October 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. termlimits

    Wow, all you libs forget about all the gaffs Biden has made? Come on, this is an old far t who forgets where he is and who he's talking to. Apologize and move on!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      So far yours is the only defense that doesn't sound like a 14 year old failing at trying to look sharp as a bowling ball.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin Bane

    Hay mobadthangood hows that second grade education working out for you.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • choice

      This coming from a person who ends his question with a period. Oh, and one that can't differentiate between what horses eat and a way to greet people. Hay Hay Hay!!

      October 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roesler

    Good for you Larry Brown; send these deves back to the gates of hell from where they came.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Donnel

    There is a better way to talk to gays but we shouldnt be tolerant to the fact that the lifestile is wrong and is sending people to hell. Also ur life expectency is shortened dramtically living that kind of life. We need to focus more on Jesus than on gay issues.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinks the Cat

      In the end you will realize that there is no Dog. Only the enlightenment that you can achieve through a huge and delicious bowl of Fruit Loops!

      October 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlaskanAudrey

      Jinks, someday u will stand before God and regret your mockery if u don't repent before that day may arrive. There are many who don't believe in God while living their lives, but there's no such thing as an atheist at his/her death bed, especially when they have died and are cast into hell.

      October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gork Boneman

    Five bucks says the guy is a pervert...

    October 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      My guess is you can charge him more than that.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigmund Erectus Floytz

      Hey Dork...how long is ur Gork?

      October 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigmund Erectus Floytz

      He is a PREVERT!!!

      October 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andy

    I am so proud to be a North Carolinian. I have no idea why the rest of the country has the opinion we are a bunch of backwards ass hicks.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. roesler

    Being gay is a crime against nature and morality. Go back to the closets.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Being ignorant is a waste of a brain. Go back to school.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgmgdm

      anyone who has antigay thoughts or talks them down is secretly gay. its a 1000% proven fact. self hating is the calling card of all hate.dds

      October 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • roesler

      Yep...you just keep believing that....And people who talk down to anti gays are really straight. LOL!!

      October 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      I thought "That infamous crime against nature" was being turned on by Ann Coulter.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Morality is subjective. Just because something may disgust you doesn't make it immoral. Being gay does no harm to anyone, so why do you think it is immoral? Because God said so? Because it's just plain wrong? These are not good reasons to discriminate against people who were born the way they are. Doesn't the Bible say "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"? Would you like it if people called YOU an abomination?? Surely there are more important things for you to worry about than the bedroom activities of a particular group of people.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |

      Good one roesler. If they would actually do this there would be a lot less problems.
      They wouldn't have to listen to us tell them what they really are and don't want to hear.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • choice

      You are correct, morality IS subjective. However, when we finally figure out that this world is just a big free-for-all and there is no supreme being, much less a moral code dictated by this being, we’re all going to start taking what we want, killing who/what we want, etc. Make no mistake, it’s coming.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas

    gotta love the GOP...

    October 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rolling stone gathers no moss

    I think this guy has a "wide stance"
    check your local airport bathroom.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frootloops

    Who cares?

    October 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      A very small percent of the population.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinks the Cat

      Exactamundo, Shortcake!! Now can we all please sit down together and enjoy some gawddamn Fruit Loops already!? Christ!

      October 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pastorx

    ....and he's such a pretty thing, too............

    October 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amanda

    And we wonder why our young are killing themselves lately....because of hurtful things we say to one another. This incessant name calling is ridiculous. When will we all grow up already?

    October 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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