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. TBera

    I am so glad there are people within these offices that are faithful to report these emails. BTW, his pic makes me think he is a closeted fruitloop... but most of them are as we have seen in the past...

    October 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Boring

    This country is becoming a group of sensitive crybabies. Everyone gets bullied, it's called humanity. Deal with it instead of blaming everyone else.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Researcher

      Please tell that to the 5 (or is it now 6) families of children who have committed suicide as a result of being bullied. "It's just humanity, kids. Take it." Bullying has NEVER been acceptable.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    What do ya want to bet that Larry Brown is gay? Probably spends WAY too much time in the bathroom stall.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Team

    dont worry about this old bag, he'll probably be dead soon anyway.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james

    This guy looks like he needs a couple of nights in the ring of fire. When bubba is done, I bet he won't use the word friutloops again.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shaun

    I'm shocked! A republican from North Carolina. Need I say more?

    October 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Donnel

    God destroyed Sodom and Gamorah because of men laying with men and beast. Yes he should not use name calling to get his point across he should have said gay people. Then this wouldnt have set people off and his point would have came across a little better. Why do people believe in evolution? Who created the big bang? who created the cell that evolved? Do u still believe in something u cant explain? Why not believe in a higher power than urselves?

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

      That is only an assumption. The prophet Ezekiel states the REAL reason for their destruction and does not mention anything about anyone being gay. Go and read your Bible and learn the truth–it says that S&G were destroyed because of greed and not tending to their poor. That would put most Republicans on the judgment chopping block...

      October 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Modern Family

    Is everyone from the Carolinas bigoted trash???

    October 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Researcher

      Thank goodness, no. Just the ones who get a lot of attention.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Observer

    Republican Larry Brown and Republican Larry Craig. It could be more than a coincidence.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    What would you expect from someone in a State, where the N word was as common as water until at least '93?!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. F

    I notice my comments were censored. I would expect this from a country run by non-whites. That is okay. Whites will overcome non-whites and win in the end.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      F: Is that why your shot callers take orders from Eme? Don't worry, you'll be back soon getting what you want and able to say you don't have a choice.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Powell Marshall

    there is also a facebook campaign to support the Central NC foodbank, in which you can donate, and send either an "In honor" , or " In memorium" email to Rep. Brown. Mine read,
    My MEMORIAL note was:
    "Representative Brown, I just wanted to let you know that this fruitloop cares.
    Do you understand the national bullying crisis regarding youg gay teens?
    the blood of gay teen suicides is on the hands of people like you.
    Please understand and respe...ct the platform you hold as a representative of my state."

    October 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Powell Marshall


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

      You, sir, are awesome.

      October 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jayh

    Just donated.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Me

    I did caca

    October 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pat

    In recent history, the Republicans who holler loudest against gays are the ones who make passes in secret.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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