Wingnut Week In Review: Gay Gremlins

Terrance Heath

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.”

Yes, 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.

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But without strict attention to their care and feeding, they turned in to this:

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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.

Scared yet?

Here’s the rest of the worst in wingnuttery this week:

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