Mark Saxenmeyer of station KSTP was helping out a colleague about a gay couple from the Twin Cities couple who was invited to the White House Easter Egg Roll with their twin sons. Saxenmeyer, unbenounced to Katherine Johnson, “wrote a few things into the Web script to make her laugh,” he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
When she came back, he advised her to delete his additions “because obviously that would not be funny out of context,” but she missed one of them, and the story went live on the station’s website saying the twins had been invited to participate in the White House event with their “big HOMO dads.” The phrase was subsequently removed, and Saxenmeyer was let go from his job Tuesday.
“I made a profoundly stupid mistake,” Saxenmeyer told the Star Tribune. “There’s just no getting around that. I have apologized profusely. It was stupid, inappropriate, irresponsible. It is beyond comprehensible. … I especially don’t want the gay community to be hurt or offended in any way. They are the last people I would ever want to malign and disparage.”
Besides the fact that the joke was lame, when are people going to learn you can not put shitz in writing, especially on computers/social media, it will only come back to haunt you. Believe me, i have made that mistake before in the work place
FYI: Fox News is probably already making Saxenmeyer offers
via Gay Joke Costs Gay Reporter His Job | Advocate.com.
When is going to be enough of all the BS about delicate gay ears, that’s lets prove everybody that we are not all sissy…….and sissy gay and lesbian should be banned for good, crap i hate gay stupidity and for the record i am gay and my balls are just on the right place. we are becoming evil we let people loose their jobs just because they speak their mind….we “gay” speak our mind big time all the time…….To all those sissy gay out there, get a life and let others live.
I hear what you’re saying John, my ears aren’t that delicate and i believe that this guys apology was sincere. He just got caught doing what a lot of us do in private. With that being said, we are in a time when lgbt teenagers are taking their lives at an alarming rate because of bullying and homophobia and that can not continue. We also still can be discriminated against in the workplace and lose our jobs and we do not have federal equal protections when it comes to marriage. And lets face it, if it was a racist or anti-semitic joke, he would have been fired also. Equality needs to be 360 degree.