Fox News pundit Erick Erickson has said that LGBT people are ‘responsible’ when they are attacked in bars because ‘they go around making people uncomfortable.
In a post on his blog The Resurgent, Erickson wrote:
It all starts with Mike Enzi who has enraged the BLT&GQ community by declaring a simple fact. If a guy walks into a bar in Wyoming wearing a tutu, he’s probably going to get punched. Enzi said the person would deserve it, which he apologized for, and the guy would not deserve it. But it is probably going to happen and yes, the dude wearing the tutu shoulders some of the responsibility. He should have known better.
And spare me the tirade about Matthew Shepherd.
I know liberals in their coastal bubbles of homogenized whiteness and skinny jeans think everyone else has to think like them — not does, but has to — but the reality is we don’t. We are a culturally heterogeneous nation with diverse cultural norms. If a guy walks into a bar in Wyoming wearing make up and a tutu, he’s probably going to be asked to leave, if not picked on or punched. If you don’t like that, don’t go to a bar in Wyoming wearing a tutu. It really is that simple. This is not a justification of violence, but let’s not kid ourselves that there won’t be an expectation of violence, however unjustified.
Erickson a well known extremist right-wing homophobe in the past has asked his supporters to lobby for discriminatory, anti-gay “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts”. Said of the Pulse massacre in Orlando that “the way the media chose to report on the event … [as] a tragedy in the gay community.” Calling it “an unnecessary dividing line,” and constantly calls LGBT activists “terrorist”.