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Carl Paladino's Apology Train: 'I'm Not A Homophobic'


Carl Paladino launched an apology train today, one day after saying that he doesn't want gay people "brainwashing" America's children.

The New York gubernatorial hopeful appeared on both The Today Show and Good Morning America to clear his name, and declared to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, "I'm not a homophobic." Stephanopoulos didn't appear convinced, and presented Paladino with one of the most sticky question: "Do you believe homosexuality's a choice?"

Paladino, a Tea Party Republican actively courting conservatives, dug himself deeper:


I’ve had difficulty with that. My [out] nephew tells me he didn’t have that choice. And I believe it’s a very, very difficult life for a young person. I believe that young people should not necessarily be exposed to that without some really, really mature background first before, so they can learn to deal with it. It is a very difficult thing. And I sensitize with it totally.


Paladino again pinned the remarks on the rabbi who wrote his remarks, and apparently takes great pride in the fact that he wouldn't say one of the speech's lines, that gays are "dysfunctional." What a mensch. 

As for Paladino's Today appearance, he took lots aim at the physical contact seen at gay pride, "I don’t know if you’ve ever been to one, but they wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other, and it’s just a terrible thing." And, then again, about opponent Andrew Cuomo taking his daughters to gay pride: "I don't think it's proper for them to go there and watch a couple of grown men grind against each other. I don't think that's proper. I think it's disgusting."

And rest assured that he has no regrets.

Watch Paladino squirm on two couches, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I love how they always mention a gay relative as though that somehow is supposed to make us think better of them. That he could have a gay nephew and still be this much of a homophobic jerk just says even more about him.

    Posted by: db | Oct 11, 2010 11:35:49 AM

  2. Paladinosaur.

    And what does "I sensitize with it totally" mean?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 11, 2010 11:38:29 AM

  3. DB- I know, it's the equivalent to a racist saying that one of their friends is black.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Oct 11, 2010 11:41:30 AM

  4. I'll never understand how a straight person thinks he or she would have more insight than an actual gay person into why someone is gay. It's like believing I know more about how the stock market works than a trader because I went to beauty school. D'uh.

    Posted by: Aron | Oct 11, 2010 11:47:07 AM

  5. "... But they wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other, and it’s just a terrible thing."

    OMG. Best laugh of the day!!!

    Posted by: Jonster | Oct 11, 2010 11:53:31 AM

  6. he's a good catholic right down to his bastard kid. what does the bible say about extramarital affairs children out of wedlock. fuck the self righteous. how many candles did he have to pay for so he wasn't xcommunicated or did he blow the bishop

    Posted by: walter | Oct 11, 2010 12:03:18 PM

  7. Actually, his views are not that different from the rest of the Tea Party crowd. He just happened to put them into words. The rest are biding their time until they get into office.

    Posted by: niles | Oct 11, 2010 12:03:55 PM

  8. Two things:

    Matt Lauer is a much better interviewer than George Stephanopoulos. And Carl Paladino is right about one thing: his views are indeed the same as the Catholic Church.

    Posted by: Philo | Oct 11, 2010 12:06:00 PM

  9. Paladino: "I'm not a hompophobic."

    Paladino: "I don't think it's proper for them to go there and watch a couple of grown men grind against each other. I don't think that's proper. I think it's disgusting."

    You know... if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck...

    Posted by: Rich | Oct 11, 2010 12:07:41 PM

  10. Couple of things
    1: He seems really obsessed about men in speedos grinding against each other. Seems a repressed fantasy to me, though he should know the sight of him in a speedo would only cause retching and no grinding.
    2:As for his assertion as to a young person and choice it's not difficult if when you are 14 or 15 and you consistently get a major woody contemplating your school's quarterback and zero when contemplating the head cheerleader, not a real big question as to which team nature intended you to play for.

    Posted by: jerry | Oct 11, 2010 12:09:30 PM

  11. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc etc etc.

    Posted by: Tone | Oct 11, 2010 12:14:34 PM

  12. Apologies to Rich, who posted the duck thing first. I should have read some of the prior replies fist. On the other hand, imitation *is* the sincerest form of flattery!

    Posted by: Tone | Oct 11, 2010 12:17:14 PM

  13. I met him at a family wedding 5 years ago. I'm generally a polite person, but he was such a blowhard that I just walked away from him mid-conversation, no "excuse me" or anything. I had no idea he had these "insights" about gay culture. It makes me doubly proud I walked away.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 11, 2010 12:17:38 PM


    Posted by: HellsKitchen | Oct 11, 2010 12:25:07 PM

  15. Sounds homophobic to me.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 11, 2010 12:32:07 PM

  16. Sounds homophobic to me.
    Matt Lauer is an excellent in his interview. Good questions. Well done.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 11, 2010 12:38:10 PM

  17. I think heterosexuality is a lifestyle to which children should not be exposed. It leads to adultary, children born to mistresses, multiple marriages, divorce, listening to country music, and attending monster truck rallies (CLEARLY an abomination!).

    Posted by: TJ | Oct 11, 2010 12:48:30 PM

  18. Anyone notice his use of adjectives in place of nouns? Even if he's not a "homophobic" or an "anti-semitic", at least we know now that he's not a high school diploma holder either.

    Posted by: Jared | Oct 11, 2010 12:49:19 PM

  19. I wonder what this GOP homophobic Tea Bagger thinks about young kids seeing a good ol' co-ed wet t-shirt contest during spring break. You know, the "Girls Gone Wild" kind where the females wear skimpy bikinis and t-shirts while bumping and grinding against each other while being hosed down by the males? Oh, wait, he probably has videos of such events that he has emailed to all his friends and buds (whether they wanted them or not)!

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 11, 2010 12:51:18 PM

  20. He needs his meds adjusted.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Oct 11, 2010 12:54:51 PM

  21. The response is a simple one:

    Cuomo for Governor!

    Go to the polls and vote on 11/2.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 11, 2010 1:00:02 PM

  22. First saying "I'm not a homophobic" isn't grammatically correct. Why doesn't anyone ever point out how foolish and terrible there people are at speaking. He sounds like a dumbass.

    I think he would be better off saying "I don't want kids seeing people grinding." If he said something like that he could say he isn't hateful, but HE IS.

    Also, I'm really frustrated that he can't see how he is creating hate. Of course it would be easier for us Gays to live straight lifestyles... if it were NOT for BIGOTS like him. It is only a hurtful lifestyle because of people like him. He talks about his nephew living with discrimination - but can't realize he is a huge part of the problem. Terrible.

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 11, 2010 1:03:28 PM

  23. He has no problem with the gays... just our equal rights: to marry, public assembly, public displays of affection, in public education. No, no problems with the gays. Hope Andrew already has his team of gays redecorating the Governor's Mansion.

    Posted by: Steven | Oct 11, 2010 1:11:45 PM

  24. If gay pride parades are bad, then lets also say Spring Break parties are bad too.

    Girls in bikini's grinding...
    Everyone getting drunk...
    Everyone making out....
    Everyone puking...
    Doing drugs....
    Getting arrested...
    Dancing to Satanic Rock N Roll Music...
    Having public sex...
    Blowjobs in the bathrooms...
    Guys fighting...
    ...and volleyball...

    Posted by: secure214 | Oct 11, 2010 1:14:12 PM

  25. all I knlw - IF I was his nephew - Id tell him in NO uncertain terms- to STFU about me....STOP mentioning me, and stay the Eff out of my life forever you asshole.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 11, 2010 1:18:46 PM

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