Miss. News Anchor Tells LGBT Community to Take a ’Gaycation’
A local news anchor for Mississippi’s ABC and CBS-affiliated station WLOX is coming under fire this week for making controversial remarks in a Facebook post about the LGBT community, the Huffington Post reports.
Though the post doesn’t show up on Dave Elliott’s public Facebook page, a Twitter user took a screen cap of the rant and tweeted it to WLOX Friday.
"I’m all for the LGBT community’s ongoing fight for equality," Elliot allegedly wrote. "I support their fight in every way. But, it seems like they’ve been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation, just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!"
Twitter user @TheEddieOutlaw wrote, "Who is Dave Elliot and what exactly is a ’gaycation’ anyway??? Go home,@WLOX ,you’re drunk" and included the screen cap of the posting.
According to blog Jim Romensko,> WLOX responded to the criticism about Elliott’s posting and wrote on Facebook, "we are not happy at all with the post or any imagined ’free publicity’ that the station gets from it." The post, however, appears to have been deleted.
WLOX has not made any other statements regarding the incident.
The news station’s Facebook page and Elliot’s page are littered with complaints:
"Seriously? Bigotry is alive and well in South Mississippi," one user writes on WLOX’s Facebook.
"Is that where you went on your gaycation Dave? Tell us where it is......I have the weekend set aside for my gaycation," another wrote on a picture Elliot posted of the Little River Canyon National Preserve.
"Personally I think there have been too many stories about middle aged white news anchors lately. Why don’t you all go on a ’bigoted white middle class guys’ vacation...take the weekend off Dave. Your remarks are unconscionable and a serious stain on your news station. If I were your boss you’d be suspended. Immediately," another commented.