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. JOHN

    Just another old republican scared of the world around
    him changing, with no place for old bigots..........see civil rights in the 60's..old men beating young blacks....

    Eventually these old people will die off, and
    the world around them will change. This
    i have no doubt.....

    October 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Anyone want to send the senile bigot an email in return? Larry.Brown@ncleg.net

    October 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolling stone gathers no moss

      Thank you Dave,

      I sent an email asking if his favorite crereal was special K.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Donnel

    Being gay is a sin there are no big or little sin its all the same in Gods eyes. Repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as ur Lord and Savior and be saved from an eternity in hell.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolling stone gathers no moss

      Please keep your god to yourself.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarheel87

      Careful....your ignorance is showing.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      If all sins are the same then WHY is the christian agenda to put down the rights of gays. I don't see anyone voting on whether or not people who lie can get married... or if people who commit adultery can have equal rights...

      October 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Researcher

      For *all* have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flagguy

      How many of your congregation are remarried divorcees? Does your pastor wear clothing of mixed fabrics? Do your children disrespect you? The first two are abominations, and the latter is to be punished by stoning. Wow, I don't think any of us would survive beyond 11.

      All sins are equal, except the ones you choose to ignore.

      October 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tdr

    So! It's his opinion and from what I've heard lately in the United States Freedom of Speech is a right for everyone. Why should he get into hot water for voicing his opinion? Get over it.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolling stone gathers no moss

      He is a public servant, he is supposed to represent
      all of the people in his district.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. W00K

    I'd bet my 401K this guy likes young boys.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      W00K: My guess is he doesn't like young boys, look at the psychology of what he got off on risking getting caught at. Whether the role he likes is seeking punishment or approval his interest is clearly in bigger,stronger men.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 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.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. E

    so why is he running unopposed?

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

      He's running unopposed because he likes the feeling of everyone being behind him.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. W00K

    this guy will get caught with his pants down an a little boy in front of him. Just watch.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. W00K

    This guy should be forced to step down. This type of name calling would not go without a massive backlash if he were calling a black person a racist name.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Racist rants don't give an excuse to play dress up and try to act butch, his supporters will gladly watch his rear.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary Ellen A.

    Stand up to bullying. We wonder where our kids are learning it? Politicial, Religious and Media Personalities and leaders are responsible. Grow up.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. danny

    It seems it is getting to the point where telling the truth is against to many sensitive feelings so we have to sugar coat everything so that the weird do not get offended and raize hell to the point of causing bodily harm.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    This is your typical "loving" "christian" conservative. Its no wonder America is so disfunctional

    October 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rolling stone gathers no moss

    All breeders should be sterilized.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinks the Cat

      Your nonsensical posts should be doused in rubbing alcohol and scrubbed clean. Only then can everyone here enjoy the delicousness of a giant bowl of Fruit Loops!

      October 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hwilks

    Why should anyone apologize for their opinion. We as Americans may or may not agree; but we should defend everone's right of free speech

    October 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Because he is an elected official. As such, he is required to show a little more professionalism and tact. This is conduct unbecoming an elected official.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flagguy

      Yes, we as Americans are blessed with right of speech. All rights come with responsibilities, and this one is no exception. You have the right to scream fire in a crowded theater, but if someone is trampled to death do you think this freedom will protect you? What about walking into an airport and screaming you have a bomb? You have the right to do so, but you'll probably get yourself shot. This man has the right to call me whatever he wants, and I would defend that right to my death. He does, however, have the responsibility of treating everyone with dignity and and respect even if he disagrees with them.

      That's a major problem in this country, we can no longer have a civil conversation. It's not just online anymore – I see it everywhere. The terrorists don't have to attack us to destroy us, we're doing a pretty darn good job ourselves.

      October 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. well

    Who cares? fruitloop sounds like a friendly term for whomever he is referring to.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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