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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Al Franken Jokes About the Murder of a Gay Man

Michael Brodkorb has the story.

"He [Al Franken] recalled writing a skit called 'Seamen on Broadway' that was rejected from the Hasty Pudding show 'by some preppie so they could take some other preppie's skit.' Franken started to smile again, but his tone was serious, too serious. 'It's not preppies, cause I'm a preppie myself. I just don't like homosexuals. If you ask me, they're all homosexuals in the Pudding. Hey, I was glad when that Pudding homosexual got killed in Philadelphia.' The smile became so broad it pushed his eyes shut. He couldn't stand it any longer. 'Put that in, put that in,' Franken laughed, leaning over the desk. 'I'd love to see that in The Crimson.'" Source: Harvard Crimson, April 16, 1976

I'd like to hear what DFL Chair Brian Melendez thinks about this. Is this a Midwest Value? I also called OutFront's lobbyist, C Scott Cooper, who also works full time at Take Action Minnesota to get a comment. I'll keep readers posted of the response.

UPDATE: I assume Outfront has no comment. C Scott Cooper, the Outfront Lobbyist did not return my call.