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Apology demanded from Iowa Representative for using gay slur


This news story was published on March 26, 2017.
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State Rep. Ralph Watts of Adel, Iowa

DES MOINES – An allegedly dismissive response from an Iowa state Representative about his previous use of the gay slur term “red rider” has brought calls for an apology.

On Saturday, March 25, State Rep. Ralph Watts of Adel, Iowa attended an event at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Drive With Cops.  At the event, Karin Derry questioned him about his previous use of “red rider”, a derogatory term for a gay man, at a public forum. Rep. Watts’ responded to Derry’s question by saying “anything you say to a gay anymore is a gay slur.”

Youtube user “Jefferson1 IndivisibleIowa” posted a video recording of the exchange.

One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel issued a statement condemning Rep. Watts’ response:

“This is an unacceptably dismissive and unapologetic response to a valid question about his previous use of a slur,” Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Words have real power to hurt and suppress marginalized communities, and Rep. Watts is failing to take responsibility for his words and shifting blame to the very community his words are hurting. Further, his use of the phrase ‘a gay’ is homophobic and dehumanizing. We ask him to apologize for his actions.”

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12 Responses to Apology demanded from Iowa Representative for using gay slur

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    the real fred Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    “Further, his use of the phrase ‘a gay’ is homophobic and dehumanizing.”

    Huh?

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    the real fred Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Red Rider?? But that’s a BB gun.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Well I guess I won’t be able to order a pizza anymore since pizzagate and the pedophiles in DC passed a bill banning it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Red Rider? What the hell does that mean? Does this mean I will have to quit saying TONTO ? Holy crap! Enough of this crap – Had a Red Rider BB gun once -Was I anti gay and too young to know it? Heaven forbid! Red Rider and Obama ride again. Bipartisan of course!

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    Nada Racist Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Comments in this thread represent why Mason City is dying. No one wants to come to a town where they don’t feel welcome. No businesses are going to set up shop in MC when the majority of its citizens hold the views of the rep being questioned. Enjoy your new Panda Express jobs.

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    Ron O Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    This PC shi*t is really starting to get old FAST! Make America great again, losers. Oh, and GET A JOB

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Mean while children go hungry, handicap citizens struggle through their daily lives and terminally ill prepare for the end. If you can walk, talk and wipe your own ass shut up! and focus on helping those who cant.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    That’s not a slur it’s a BB gun , maybe he should have been PC and said don’t shot your eye out homo. Lol.

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    12345678910guy Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Gay? I’m OFFENDED I can’t use that term to describe, happy!
    Oh whoa is me, I am so confused to say anything might hurt someone —
    Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Words have real power to hurt and suppress marginalized communities, and Rep. Watts is failing to take responsibility for his words and shifting blame to the very community his words are hurting. Further, his use of the phrase ‘a gay’ is homophobic and dehumanizing. We ask him to apologize for his actions.”
    Maybe someone needs to invent a weapon that says words instead of bullets(?) Then we would only “hurt” not kill, hahahahahah hahahahahaha
    what a sad state of affairs this has become

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    He 100 percent correct.

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    Carly Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Well call me naive but I did not know the term red rider was derogatory and I agree with “you can’t say anything to an body anymore without offending someone.” Free speech is dead if you are not a part of the progressive movement. I am offended by your being offended so there…….
    People need to grow up and move on. There is not one race, gender, religion or political preference that is better than anyone else. Where the h… is diversity on the left?