As TWO’s Evan Hurst likes to point out, it is rare when wing nuts only hate one group. Most often, they have a whole slew of “others” who do not pass their purity test and are deemed inferior.
Mel Gibson offered a vivid example of such a hate — with his bigotry extending, throughout his career, to gays, Jews and most recently women.
Another poster-child for intolerance is Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
She made headlines several years ago after she called LGBT people “biological errors”. She also wrote the introduction to “ex-gay” quack therapist Richard Cohen’s kooky book, “Coming Out Straight.” These incidents led to a Internet boycott started by StopDrLaura.com, which included John Aravosis, Joel Lawson and Robin Tyler. The end result was Dr. Laura’s new television show hit the skids.
Under pressure, Dr. Laura gingerly backtracked from her bigotry, but her career never quite recovered.
Now, it turns out that she has a new target — African Americans.
In an exchange with a listener during her show on Tuesday, Dr. Schlessinger used the epithet — the so-called N-word — 11 times, arguing that there was a double standard depending on who utters the word.
“Black guys talking to each other seem to think it’s O.K.,” she said. “I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it’s affectionate.”
On Wednesday, Dr. Schlessinger issued an apology on her Web site and read the apology on air.
“I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the ‘n’ word all the way out — more than one time,” she wrote on her blog. “And that was wrong. I’ll say it again — that was wrong.”
Um, yeah, whatever. As in the case of Mel Gibson, Schlessinger’s true colors shine through time and again. Isn’t it amazing how the same people keep stepping in it?