Tucker Carlson: Not Condoning Gay Bashing

Posted by – August 31, 2007

The Larry Craig story just keeps going. Tucker Carlson, after saying that he & a friend roughed up a man who hit on him in a DC public bathroom, now says he & his friend only held the man until security arrived. He explains:

“Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men’s room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room. Twenty-five minutes later, a friend of mine and I returned to the men’s room. The man was still there, presumably waiting to do to someone else what he had done to me. My friend and I seized the man and held him until a security guard arrived.”

“Several bloggers have characterized this is a sort of gay bashing. That’s absurd, and an insult to anybody who has fought back against an unsolicited sexual attack. I wasn’t angry with the man because he was gay. I was angry because he assaulted me.”

Not condoning the use of violence against anyone, much less gay men in public bathrooms (or the ‘not gay men looking for gay sex’ types like Larry Craig, even), but I do think it’s different when you’re not being hit on but assaulted, or when you’re not a peer to the person hitting on you but a minor.

Not that any of that makes Tucker Carlson any less of a bonehead.

2 Comments on Tucker Carlson: Not Condoning Gay Bashing

  1. helenboyd says:

    from a gay friend, via email:

    Except that I don’t believe him. I have been around. The story he tells to “clarify” rings false. Bashers and only bashers “grab” people, not the careful guys cruising for sex, who in almost all cases are incredibly discreet, especially as in this case around a young person who could be a minor. (Unless the guy is unhinged, I suppose, which has not been suggested.) No way did a perfect stranger cruising a tearoom grab Carlson sexually, whatever that means by the way, and remain in the loo after Carlson yelled (!) and fled. No way. Too dangerous. So that didn’t happen. I’ll tell you what I think did. Carlson was disgusted and appalled, and experienced sexual panic when he realized something was up, e.g., catching one of the “cues” like the ones the good Senator reportedly conveyed to the cop — and here I will venture a guess that Carlson’s hormones were betraying him to his dismay and confusion. What did he do? He did NOT yell, I promise you, but he did flee. (These men’s room encounters are ALWAYS dumb shows; nobody speaks, neither cruiser nor cruisee, queer or straight.) And the way he came up with to rid himself immediately of the consequent overwhelming feeling of self-loathing was to get a friend and to go bash the source.

    Carlson’s first off-the-cuff recollections and pronouncements about the incident on MSNBC are far more credible than his “clarification.”"

  2. I don’t know which story is true — the first telling on MSNBC, or the changed story that was given on Media Matters.

    I wish MSNBC/Tucker Carlson would repudiate “gay panic” attacks on air though, which they haven’t done. They haven’t yet addressed the original statements that sounded like a “gay panic” attack that Carlson made on MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams.

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