In chronological order:
During a backstage press conference at the 64th Annual Golden Globes on Jan. 15, then Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington said on the air: “No, I did not call T.R. a fa***t.” Rumors had begun in Oct. 2006 that Washington initially referred to Knight as a fa***t during an on-set altercation with co-star Patrick Dempsey.
An ad campaign launched by Snickers during the Feb. 4 Super Bowl telecast included a Web site featuring alternate endings for the ad -- among them, a version called “Wrench” where one man grabs a wrench and uses it to bash the other, who responds by slamming the hood of the car down on his head and a video of NFL athletes reacting with prejudice and disgust to depictions of two men kissing. The televised ad showed two mechanics eating from opposite ends of a Snickers candy bar and, after their mouths touch, ripping out their chest hair in a desperate attempt “do something manly.”
In the days following former NBA player John Amaechi coming out publicly as a gay man, former NBA all-star Tim Hardaway said on the Miami radio station Sports Talk 790 The Ticket, “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States.”
On March 2, Ann Coulter said, “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘fa***t,’ so I’m - so, kind of at an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards, so I think I’ll just conclude here and take your questions.”
General Peter Pace
On March 12, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace, the senior ranking member of the U.S. Armed Forces, gave an interview to the Chicago Tribune in which he characterized gay and lesbian service members as “immoral,” reiterated his support for the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy based on that personal prejudice, and disparaged gay and lesbian relationships by equating them with adultery. In the days that followed, news media reported comprehensively on Pace’s anti-gay remarks and the outrage they sparked across the country. The glare of the media spotlight is credited with prompting Gen. Pace to subsequently claim that his disparaging comments were “personal,” though he did not apologize for them.
On the June 21 edition of Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Crime Analyst Rod Wheeler detailed what he called a “national network” of so-called “lesbian gangs” that prey on young girls. Using exaggerated, sensational language, Wheeler claimed there are more than 150 such gangs in the Washington, D.C., area alone.
On Oct. 4, Limbaugh used the vulgar slurs “add-a-dick-to-me” and “chop-a-dick-off-a-me” in discussing an article about the medical and psychological outcomes of sex reassignment surgery, part of the transition process for some transgender people.
New York Post
Twice in the month of Oct., News Corporation’s tabloid, New York Post, used dehumanizing insults directed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. On Oct. 5, Page Six’s editor Richard Johnson was pressured to apologize in print after GLAAD condemned his column for referring to transgender reality show star Miriam as a “she-male” in an Oct. 4 item. On Oct. 29, the Post published another Page Six item about the legal troubles facing billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The item offensively referred to a transgender woman who is suing Epstein as a “he/she.”
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