Media Matters - It's time for MSNBC to address Carlson's comments
It seems the neo-conservative/republican minded amongst us find Gay-bashing something to laugh at. Evidently, Tucker Carlson had no problem admitting to coming back to the scene of an alleging "bothering" of his person with another individual to assault this "bothering homosexual" because he felt that the man in question attempted to solicit sex from him a restroom.
As his co-hosts laughed at this, the American public was served yet another reason to use violence as a means of intimidationg and often killing homosexuals or people they believe to be homosexual. After Senator Craig and the race-baiting state rep. Bob Allen outings, conservatives need to come to terms with their issues sourrounding sexual orientation. Especially since the Cheney family has contradicted itself by fighting against Gay rights while expressing their condonement for the lesbain relationship and test-tube baby of their openly Gay daughter. - The Angryindian
Media Matters - It's time for MSNBC to address Carlson's comments During a discussion Tuesday night on MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams about Sen. Larry Craig's (R-ID) arrest for "lewd conduct" and eventual guilty plea, Tucker Carlson described to fellow MSNBC hosts Dan Abrams and Joe Scarborough his assault on a man who he said "bothered" him in a Washington, D.C., public restroom.
Carlson said, "Having sex in a public men's room is outrageous. It's also really common. I've been bothered in men's rooms." Carlson continued, "I've been bothered in Georgetown Park," in Washington, D.C., "when I was in high school." When Abrams asked how Carlson responded to being "bothered," as Abrams and Scarborough laughed, Carlson asserted, "I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the -- you know, and grabbed him, and ... hit him against the stall with his head, actually." The laughter continued.
Carlson's comments, coupled with laughter from Abrams and Scarborough, suggested to viewers that physical violence is an appropriate response to an unwelcome overture. This is dangerous and wrong.
MSNBC has yet to acknowledge Carlson's comments or address why Abrams and Scarborough laughed while Carlson recounted his actions. Instead, MSNBC has treated Carlson's comments as a laughing matter, re-airing the portion in which Carlson claimed to have been "bothered," but omitting the portion in which he seemed to boast of physical assault.
Organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) have called on Carlson to apologize for his grossly inappropriate remarks. Carlson has issued a statement completely revising his account of the alleged incident, but he has yet to apologize or to condemn acts of violence against gays and lesbians. And Carlson's revised account does nothing to mitigate the damage of his on-air comments. Meanwhile, MSNBC has remained silent about the incident.