Calling gay people names is nothing new. We’ve been called many things throughout the ages. But “gremlins”? That’s a new one.
The first — and perhaps only — Wingnut WTF prize goes this week to South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Anthony Culler. His accomplishment: potentially minting a brand new anti-gay slur when we were positive we’d heard them all by now.
Culler, who is challenging Democrat James Clyburn — the only Democrat in South Carolina’s congressional delegation — didn’t settle for the usual schoolyard taunts when he posted an anti-gay tirade on Facebook. Culler reached all the way back to 1984 and called us “Gremlins.”
For those who don’t know the films of the 1980s very well, Culler was referencing the 1984 flick, Gremlins, which starred 80s screen icons Zach Galligan, Corey Feldman and Phoebe Cates — and featured some creatures called gremlins.
They were pretty adorable, at first.
But without strict attention to their care and feeding, they turned in to this:
Then they get up to all kinds of mischief.
But Culler’s all wrong about gays. If you expose us to light, let us get wet, feed us after midnight, and don’t let us marry each other the worst we’ll do is marry your girlfriends.
Or your boyfriends.
Here’s the rest of the worst in wingnuttery this week:
- Rep. Don Young (R, Alaska) visited Wasilla High School and “acted in a disrespectful and sometimes offensive manner to some students, used profanity and started talking about bull sex when confronted with a question about same-sex marriage.” Rep. Young went on to blame students for the recent suicide of a fellow classmate. Never mind gays. Keep your kids away from this guy.
- Republican candidate for the Michigan state house and “cranking” fetishist Jordan Haskins warned Michiganders to flee the “homosexual agenda.” Right. This from a guy who likes to break into cars and hotwire them while masturbating.
- Right-wing broadcaster Mark Levin urged his viewers to vote Republican because President Obama will go “full Mussolini” after midterm elections.
- Levin also said that Attorney General Eric Holder is guilty of “hate crimes, if you will,” in Ferguson, Missouri.
- Right-wing columnist Eric Rush wrote that President Obama is acting like “a seasoned domestic abuser or crack interrogator,” but also a member of the Gestapo working in concentration camps.
- During a press conference with Donald Trump, Rep. Steve King (R, Iowa) accused president Obama of treating “people in Africa as if they were American citizens.”
- During an interview on the “Point of View” radio program, right-wing pundit Wayne Allen Root demanded that President Obama be removed from office “before he kills us all.”
- Also appearing on “Point of View,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R, Texas) said it’s “not a good idea” for gays to serve in the military, because “massages” would make them “vulnerable to terrorism.”
- Wingnut radio celebrity Michael Savage urged his listeners to vote Republican, because a GOP-led Congress would arrest President Obama “for usurping the Constitution and Congress.”
- Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle said that young women should just not vote in midterms because they “just don’t get it.” “I just thank and excuse them so they can go back on Tinder or Match.com,” Guilfoyle said.
- Fox News host Andrea Tantaros told supermodel Chrissy Tiegen to stick to flaunting her “lovely bottom” on magazine covers, instead of using her brain and her mouth to speak out against gun violence.
- The American Enterprise Institute released a bizarre video advising young women not to worry so much about “date rape” drugs in their drinks, and blaming sexual assaults on women drinking too much. Because a woman passing out from intoxication counts as consent, right? After all, it’s not the guys fault that she’s so drunk she can’t say no. Isn't that’s what would-be-rapists think, too.
- Pat Robertson told “700 Club” viewers that “this onslaught of homosexual behavior that is being forced on us by the Supreme Court of the United States is having deadly consequences, ” like …. Wait. What?
- Robertson also told his viewers he and others have had the power to raise the dead for a while now, but “We just aren’t using it.”