Gov. Rick Perry has always voiced his controversial opinions, but his latest public comment on homosexuality has caused an uproar — celebs are now tweeting about how offended they are by his rude comment.
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 64, gave a speech in San Francisco, on June 11, at the Commonwealth Club of California, he didn’t stick to the topics at hand. Instead, when the Commonwealth interviewer Greg Dalton asked whether or not he thought homosexuality was a disorder, he compared it to being “an alcoholic!” Naturally, it shocked the whole room which was actually filled mostly with the governor’s supporters.
Rick Perry’s Homophobic Comment — Celebs React
“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” the governor said. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
His words set off a huge reaction on Twitter, from politicians and celebrities, among others.
Former San Francisco Mayor and current California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, tweeted that he was furious, saying that Rick needed to “apologize for ignorant and hateful remarks.” While he was mayor, Gavin married the first same-sex couples in SF. He also went to rehab in 2007 for alcoholism.
Many celebs took to Twitter to slam Rick Perry:
Thank you #rickperry for reminding us why it’s good to stay in school and away from the bottle- so we won’t end up like you. Pls be quiet…
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) June 12, 2014
— Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) June 13, 2014
Dear Rick Perry, just because the only time you’ve ever blown somebody is when you were drunk doesn’t mean homosexuality is like alcoholism
— Josh Wolf (@joshwolfcomedy) June 12, 2014
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) June 12, 2014
If Rick Perry really believes that being gay is like having alcoholism encoded in your DNA and you can just deny it, he’s gay right?
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) June 13, 2014
“The governor supports traditional marriage and believes that marriage is between one man and one woman,” the governor’s spokeswoman Lucy Nashed wrote in a statement the following day. “He has been clear on his position that each state has the right to define marriage to reflect the views of its citizens.”
— Emily Longeretta