A few days ago, when Clint McCance, a school board vice-president in Arkansas, was outed as a frothing, anti-gay bigot thanks to some screen caps of his Facebook page, I was mired in workaday business and couldn’t post.
But I did catch McCance being buttonholed on AC360, squirming through an apology, which sounds better in print than in the video clip. Part of his statement:
I’d like to extend apologies to those families that have lost children, for all those children who feel that suicide is the only way out, especially for the five families who have already lost children. I brought more hurt on them… they didn’t deserve that and I do feel genuinely bad for them.
Cooper (himself a “fag”) doesn’t seem to believe McCance, and I don’t know that I do either. He said repeatedly that “picked the wrong words to use.” ORLY? Are there nicer ways to say “I think gay kids don’t deserve to live”?
Anyway, good on Cooper for calmly dealing with this issue and pursuing the issue in a dignified fashion, and good on McCance (I guess), for not pulling the uber-weaselly “I’m sorry if my words hurt people” or “if people were offended.” He does seem to be taking responsibility, and, under pressure, will be resigning from the Midlands School Board.
Although I don’t know if anyone will have their anti-gay opinions changed by this dustup, but it’s a testament to the Power of the Internet that both McCance’s poison and that the response, which led to letters of protest and an on-site demonstration, spread so quickly.