Adam Carolla has officially apologized — if one can call it that — for his almost nine-minute long rant against the entire LGBT community. And his apology, especially given the depth of his insults, is a joke.
Carolla’s podcast is the most-widely distributed podcast in history, and even just broke the Guiness Book of World Records forÂ “Most Downloaded Podcast.” On his August 11 episode, in an anti-LGBT rant that was kicked off by Alison Rosen, the “news girl”Â on Carola’s show, (one has to ask how sexist that is – if she were a he, would the title be “news boy?”) discussing a recent petition to allow Sesame street’s Bert and Ernie to marry, Carolla said, “When did everybody get f*cking lumped in with the gays? Really? What percentage is transgendered? Let’s just say I was a politician. ‘Hey, transgendered folks, I don’t need your vote.”
Carolla continued to ask, “When did we start giving a sh*t about these people?,” then goes into an offensive rant about his perception of aspects of the transition process, culminating in,Â “Every time I see Chaz Bono, my c*ck looks at me and says, ‘Wha?”
“Can the gays just get married and shut up? You’re ruining my life,” Carolla says. When Rosen, who is reading from the Bert and Ernie petition, reads that LGBT youth seeing the Sesame Street characters given the right to marry could “save many lives,” Carolla says, “Yeah, Bert and Ernie b*tt-f*cking could save many lives.” He then discusses fisting.
Upon discussing what the term “LGBT” stands for, Carolla says, “shouldn’t be something that spells something, like “yuck?,” and describes transgender people as “angry.”
For all this, Carolla simply says,Â â€œIâ€™m sorry my comments were hurtful. Iâ€™m a comedian, not a politician.â€
GLAAD immediately got involved, and issued this statement:
â€œAdam Carolla has a history of making anti-LGBT and racist statements,â€ said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. â€œNetworks and advertisers should remember that attacking people who are different from him, and following it with empty apologies, is just a regular part of Carollaâ€™s routine.â€
On their GLAADblog, GLAAD explains further.
“This is not the first time that GLAAD has taken issue with statements Carolla has made, and, as evidenced above, LGBT people are hardly the only community about which Carolla has made ignorant remarks. In the past, Carolla has called the people of Hawaii â€œdumb,â€ â€œstupid,â€ â€œin-bred,â€ and â€œretardedâ€ people who are among the â€œdumbest people we have.â€ Last year, Carolla referred to a Filipino boxer as being illiterate, having brain damage, and someone who prays to chicken bones â€“ and stated that this boxer was â€˜all the people of the Philippines have.â€™
“Speaking about LGBT people, Carolla has said that â€˜all things being equalâ€™ â€“ gay parents are â€˜not as good asâ€™ straight parents. This, despite virtually every credible authority on child health and social services (including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Child Welfare League of America) having determined that a parentâ€™s sexual orientation has nothing to do with the ability to be a good parent. Kids of gay parents are just as healthy and well-adjusted as other children. Carolla said himself after he insulted Filipino people, â€œI try to be provocative [and] funny but I crossed the line and Iâ€™m sorry.â€ So itâ€™s clear that this type of ignorance is a part of his act, and maybe he thinks that homophobia and transphobia make him â€˜edgy.â€™ Carolla should own up to the harms of his words and educate himself about the hardships and disrespect the transgender community faces every day. Unfortunately, based on his track record, that may be a lost cause.”
The Advocate adds that “In 2010, the same year he posed for the No H8 campaign, Carolla said he believes that “a mom and a dad is better than two dads or two moms.”
If you care to, and you should you can hear Adam Carolla’s almost nine-minute long anti-LGBTÂ rantÂ at the GLAADblog.Â Careful, it’s even worse in audio.
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RNC Taps Right Wing Extremists to Head Group Designed to Expand GOP Appeal in Wake of Midterm Losses
Embattled Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel is launching two advisory groups in an effort to expand the party’s appeal to voters and examine what went wrong in the wake of stunning, historic midterm election losses – and she’s turning to some of the right’s most extreme leaders to perform the investigations.
Political analysts on both sides of the aisle generally agree that Donald Trump, Trumpism, the party’s lurch to far right wing extremism including white nationalism, white supremacy, Christian nationalism, antisemitism, authoritarianism, fascism, and the “Big Lie” of stolen elections hurt, not helped candidates in the 2022 midterms.
McDaniel has now tapped some of the very purveyors of that failed extremism to lead the shrinking party’s efforts to broaden its outreach and correct its errors.
“The RNC is tapping nearly a dozen people to serve in what it’s calling a ‘Republican Party Advisory Council’ – a group that includes former Donald Trump White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, evangelical leader Tony Perkins and a pair of Senate candidates who ran this year,” Politico reports.
Tony Perkins is a far right wing religious extremist and anti-LGBTQ activist who decades ago reportedly had ties to white supremacist groups, which he has denied. For decades he has been president of the Family Research Council, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups.
Deeply embedded in Republican theocratic politics, Perkins was appointed twice by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent federal government body that has a history of advancing the agenda of America’s Evangelical Christian movement.
He is also a past president of the highly-secretive far Christian right organization, Council for National Policy (CNP).
CNP’s members are believed to include far right activist and lobbyist Ginni Thomas, whose attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results have been the subject of numerous reports. Also, Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, which has faced allegations of racism, and far right conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. Other members of the Council for National Policy include two other heads of organizations that appear on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups: Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel; and Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association.
“The panel will also include former Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, who in the wake of his loss has called on the party to move on from ‘consultant one-size-fits-all strategies,'” Politico reports.
Masters is a “Big Lie” purveyor who has also promoted the white nationalist conspiracy theory of the “Great Replacement,” which falsely claims immigrants – people of color – are “replacing” white Americans.
Separately, Politico adds, the RNC is commissioning an investigation into what went wrong, commonly referred to as an “autopsy” to ensure in future elections the same decisions are not made. That work will be lead by current RNC members.
Questions Swirl Around Herschel Walker as New Report Shows His Georgia Residence Was Rented Out for Over a Decade
Where Herschel Walker lives has been a question since before he officially announced his candidacy as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Numerous reports have looked into claims he lives in Texas and not the Peach State, which some Georgia voters might find problematic, but new reporting exposes what could lead to tax or voting fraud investigations.
Walker’s Georgia home, according to reporting from The Daily Beast‘s Roger Sollenberger, is owned by his wife, who for years has rented it out.
When Walker announced his candidacy, after a strong push from Donald Trump, it “was widely known at the time that the Republican hopeful had been living in Texas for decades, though he has claimed to maintain a residence in Atlanta for ’17 years.’ Less widely known, however, was that Walker’s wife collected tens of thousands of dollars in rental income for that residence, according to his 2021 financial disclosure forms.”
While it is unclear if the home was rented out when Walker officially launched his Senate run, the “house doubled as the Walker campaign’s first official address when he launched his bid in August 2021. Fulton County tax and property records show the home is solely owned by Walker’s wife, Julie Blanchard, who also collected rental income from 2020 and 2021 ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, according to the disclosure—defining the asset as ‘Georgia residence.'”
CNN last week reported that “Republican Herschel Walker is getting a tax break intended only for a primary residence this year on his home in the Dallas, Texas, area, despite running for Senate in Georgia.”
“In Texas, homeowner regulations say you can only take the exemption on your ‘principal residence,'” CNN’s K-File reported. “Walker is listed to get a homestead tax exemption in Texas in 2022, saving the Senate candidate approximately $1,500 and potentially running afoul of both Texas tax rules and some Georgia rules on establishing residency for the purpose of voting or running for office.”
Even after he launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate Walker still filed for the Texas tax exemption.
The complaint alleges “Herschel Walker appears to have committed a felony in August 2021 when he registered to vote in Georgia,” and “Herschel Walker appears to have committed a felony when he voted in the 2022 Georgia primary and general elections.” These are allegations and have not been investigated by authorities.
When he announced is candidacy, “Walker’s main GOP rival challenged him to ‘move here, pay taxes here, register and vote in some elections’ before running,” The Journal-Constitution notes. “Warnock’s allies have taken a similar line of attack, framing the Republican as an out-of-state charlatan.”
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One of Trump’s right-wing allies posted a claim that Smith’s sister-in-law, who is allegedly a psychologist and whose patients were “crying” and “sobbing” over Trump’s 2016 election.
“And I’m supposed to get a fair shake from this person, who’s under tremendous pressure from his family, but he is actually worse than they are?” Trump rambled on his personal social media site. “Can Republicans, and fair-minded people, generally, allow this to happen? Jack Smith is nothing less than a hit man for Obama, his Attorney General Eric Holder, and Andrew Weissmann. Weaponization. Our Country is in big trouble, a real mess!”
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