Report: WWL Tweets Homophobic Slur to Their Own Radio Host
|RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, September 11, 2019|
A homophobic slur in response to a link posted by WWL/New Orleans sports host Seth Dunlap showed up on the station's Twitter account on Tuesday, but was quickly deleted, reports Big Easy Magazine. Dunlap, an openly gay man, serves as the host of the Entercom outlet's "The Last Lap," Saints Radio Network's "First Take" pre-game program and co-host of "A Podcast Has No Name." Before being removed, the Twitter post was re-tweeted by other users.
According to the magazine's Scott Ploof, following the recent controversy regarding New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the video he filmed for anti-LGBTQ organization Focus On The Family's "Bring Your Bible to School Day," Dunlap wrote an open letter to Brees' expressing sympathy for Brees' position, but expressing dismay at the fact that Brees blamed media headlines rather than distancing himself from the group.
"I am a gay man who has worked nearly two decades in the sports media industry," wrote Dunlap. "My personal experience, not headlines or Twitter innuendo, caused me to recoil at your initial video, and become even further flummoxed at your response..." Dunlap went on to say that he believed Brees when he said that he was unaware of the organization's lobbying. "But you still recorded and promoted a video advocating for and endorsing a promotional vehicle of the FRC and [FotF], a designated anti-LGBTQ+ hate group. If you didn't know that then, you surely know that now."
On Tuesday night, the station posted a Twitter post that said, "We are aware of a tweet that went out today from the WWL account. The content of the tweet is categorically offensive and abhorrent to the station. We are actively investigating this incident and will take swift and appropriate action once we determine how this occurred."