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Monday, January 14, 2008

Stonewall DFL Endorsements Coming Up - Will Al Franken Get Asked to Explain His Anti-Gay Statements On the Record?

Stonewall DFL Federal Candidate Screening Coming Up:

Saturday 1/19/2008 Stonewall DFL Federal candidate screening Hennepin County Government Center - Jury Room 12 noon - 5 pm

I'm sure that US Senate Candidates Al Franken, Mike Ciresis and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer will be there.

Will Stonewall DFL ask Al Franken to explain the following anti-gay statement:

"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

When comedian Larry David spoke at an Al Franken fundraiser in Minneapolis, he made jokes at the expense of transgenders.

On at least one occasion, Al Franken has had to apologise for offensive jokes about transgenders made on his show.

Here's the "joke":

AF: It's not true. Not just a hermaphrodite, but a conjoined twin who is also hermaphrodite. They were conjoined at both sets of genitals. Remember this isn't true, it's a lie. The doctor in delivery room said he'd never seen a more hideously freakish creature in his life, Sean and Shawn, S-H-A-W-N.

They were separated at age 14 by drunk carnival barker using a [inaudible] stolen from bearded lady, who was Sean's mother and father. Remember, none of this is even remotely true, it's a lie. Anyway, Sean nearly bled to death but survived and now has a quarter of a vagina and three-quarters of a penis. Remember this isn't true.

But in a sense it is far less [inaudible] lie than the lies this three-quarter man tells everyday. And we here at The O'Franken Factor, we feel that it's our duty to keep lying about Hannity as long as he insists o­n lying to America. That was today's Fighting Hannity's Lies With Lies About Hannity.

Here's the apology:

Al Franken has apologized for the offensive joke made o­n the June 2, 2004 show.

"On Wednesday’s “Fighting Hannity’s Lies with Lies About Hannity” segment, I falsely claimed that Sean Hannity was born a hermaphroditic conjoined twin, and that the doctor who delivered him and his twin reacted in horror at their birth. I would like to apologize to members of the intersexed and conjoined-twin communities for furthering the unjustified stigma attached to these conditions. An estimated o­ne in 2000 people are born with atypical genitalia, which, like conjoinment, is a naturally-occurring bodily variation. I am sorry for the ill-considered joke."
-Al Franken

It will be interesting to see whether Stonewall DFL will give Franken a pass on these matters or will ask him about it.

The other race that will be interesting is the 6th District race. Both DFL candidates, Bob Olson and Elwyn Tinklenberg plan on screening for Stonewall DFL endorsement.

It will be interesting to see which 3rd District candidates show up, and whether 2nd District candidate Steve Sarvi plans to screen for Stonewall DFL or plans to avoid the event.


Megan said...

I do beleive that any member in good standing can ask such a question.

So, just make sure your membership is up to date and ask the question yourself if it is so important to you.