CNN is doubling down on its support for a White House correspondent who was discovered to have used anti-gay slurs and homophobic language in tweets. The tweets uncovered Sunday revealed CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins using the word “fag” and expressing bigotry toward lesbians.
In one tweet, posted in July 2011, Collins called another user on Twitter a “fag,” and in another from June of that year she wrote, “Idk if I want to room with a lesbian.”
Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT rights group based in Washington, D.C. with chapters around the nation, was among the first to call out Collins on Twitter and tag CNN’s public relations department for comment. CNN spokesperson Matt Dornic responded to the scandal by saying he’s a proud gay man and he forgives his colleague, saying he is “disappointed” in her choice of words, but it’s fine because she was just an “immature college kid.”
“I’m a proud gay man. And I am a proud friend of
@kaitlancollins. Tho I’m disappointed that she ever used the word (even as an immature college kid), I can say with certainty it doesn’t reflect her feelings toward the LGBTQ community. She’s apologized and I accept that,” Dornic wrote on Twitter.
On her own Twitter feed, Collins slyly acknowledged the newly uncovered tweets, then quickly moved on, writing, “When I was in college, I used ignorant language in a few tweets to my friends. It was immature but it doesn’t represent the way I feel at all. I regret it and apologize,” before burying the half-assed apology in a storm of tweets relating to President Trump’s reaction to the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation process. Collins was a student at the University of Alabama when the homophobic remarks were made. No word yet on how Collins and CNN feel about conservatives and Supreme Court nominees doing immature things in college.
When I was in college, I used ignorant language in a few tweets to my friends. It was immature but it doesn’t represent the way I feel at all. I regret it and apologize.
In what has become a trend in recent years, no mainstream LGBT rights organization has broached the controversy, with the most thunderous silence coming from GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, whose stated purpose is to combat homophobia in media and entertainment. Only a smattering of small LGBT media outlets have covered the story, including Pink News and the Washington Blade.
In a statement to DANGEROUS, Log Cabin Republicans president Gregory T. Angelo blasted the gay lobby and acknowledged that the national LGBT Republican nonprofit is the only gay rights organization to call out CNN and Collins.
“Almost 24 hours since this story broke, and the only organization representing the LGBT community to speak out about these anti-gay tweets has been Log Cabin Republicans. Not a peep out of GLAAD or any other supposedly ‘non-partisan’ groups purporting to stand against defamation of LGBT Americans,” Angelo said.
Mainstream media profiteers and anti-Trump comedians have engaged in a slew of homophobic comments in recent years, with GLAAD and other gay rights groups being completely silent. Most recently, Senator Lindsey Graham was the target of anti-gay jokes on Saturday Night Live and various other left-leaning late night comedy shows. Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert also made headlines for anti-gay comments made on Twitter or their television shows in recent months. The New York Times also ran a bizarre cartoon this year featuring President Trump and Vladimir Putin having gay sex. Also earlier this year, MSNBC’s Joy Reid was discovered to have published several homophobic comments in old blog posts stemming back to the early 2000s. Reid, who was discovered last year to be the Kremlibots’ favorite pundit, apologized and was immediately forgiven.
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