Conservative pundit says remark about Democrat “‘not offensive to gays’
Leaders from local LGBT political groups on both sides of the aisle are condemning conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s use of the word “faggot”on national television March 2.
Brian Welker, treasurer for the state chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, said although he has read some of her books, Coulter’s statement during the Conservative Political Action Conference, which aired on C-SPAN, was “very inappropriate.”
“Her reputation and her style is to poke at people and stir things up, but there are certain things I don’t think are appropriate in polite company,” Welker said. “I’ve liked a lot of stuff she’s done, but this is not a good thing. She screwed up.”
Jesse Garcia, president of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, said he considers the word so offensive that he would not repeat it during a telephone interview with the Voice.
“The F-word is not excusable,” Garcia said. “We’ve got to start equating the F-word to the N-word. “
Coulter told the audience at the conference: “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if use the word faggot.”
The statement was a reference to “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington, who in October 2006 used the term to describe co-star T.R. Knight on the set of the show. Three months later, Washington issued a public apology and entered rehab. The show’s creator, Shonda Rimes, said at the time Washington needed help with “his behavioral issues.”
On Monday, March 5, Coulter defended her use of the word during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes.”
“It isn’t offensive to gays,” she said. “It has nothing to do with gays. It’s a schoolyard taunt, meaning wuss. And unless you’re telling me that John Edwards is gay, it was not applied to a gay person.”
Garcia said it is a taunt used against LGBT children on the schoolyard, often causing them to drop out or consider suicide.
“Ultimately the ones that pay for it are the ones who are defenseless,” Garcia said. “I would ask Ann Coulter to say that phrase again in front of the LGBT people who face that on a daily basis.
“To be honest I don’t want her apology. I really just want her to go away,” he said.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 09, 2007