Louisiana sports radio talk show host Seth Dunlap publicly acknowledged he is gay in an open letter criticizing New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for recording a video for the anti-gay organization Focus on the Family. In response, his own radio station, WWL, posted a tweet calling him a “fag.”
On Tuesday, Dunlap posted a tweet, unrelated to his criticism of Brees.
Which of these 5 “overreactions” isn’t actually an overreaction? You tell me… https://t.co/N9gMTaE7HV
— Seth Dunlap (@sethdunlap) September 10, 2019
One of the responses, tweeted from WWL’s own Twitter account, read: “That you’re a fag.”
WWL posted this tweet in response:
We are aware of a tweet that went out today from the WWL account. The content of the tweet is categorically offensive and abhorrent to the station. We are actively investigating this incident and will take swift and appropriate action once we determine how this occurred.
— WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) September 11, 2019
Dunlap was angered that Brees not only recorded the video for Focus On The Family, but when Brees was battered with criticism for partnering with the very anti-gay group, instead of distancing himself and apologizing, he insisted his critics were wrong.
That’s when Dunlap chose to respond to Brees, in a very respectful open letter, which he posted to Facebook.
“I am a gay man who has worked nearly two decades in the sports media industry,” Dunlap said, later adding he is “an out-and-open gay man.”
Outsports reports it’s “his first public statement about his sexuality.”
“My personal experience, not headlines or Twitter innuendo, caused me to recoil at your initial video, and become even further flummoxed at your response today,” Dunlap wrote.
“I’m asking for reflection on how your words and your seeming-embrace of an odious, bigoted organization can cause a vulnerable and constantly-attacked community to recoil. If I can offer unsolicited advice; take the time to directly distance yourself from these hateful people,” he added, referring to Focus on the Family.
In his open letter Dunlap talks a lot about the shame he felt about being gay, and says Brees attempt to shame his critics for rightly condemning his association with the anti-gay group prompted him to respond.
“So, shame has been an ever-present passenger in my life,” Dunlap wrote. “I feel like I understand it as well as nearly anybody alive. I’m no different than every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer person in the world. When you say, “shame on them,” when referencing the men and women with a platform who have written or discussed your video the past few days, those words are incredibly hurtful.”
On Wednesday, one day after the vulgar and offensive tweet was posted and deleted, Dunlap wrote:
Being yourself has never been more important. The hate that has infected our society threatens to tear us apart from the inside out. I’m overwhelmed, but I’m also very proud of who I am and the life I live.
I’ll be taking tonight off from the show to reflect and decompress.
— Seth Dunlap (@sethdunlap) September 11, 2019
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