TV comments cause outrage after saying ‘sleeping with little boys is OK’
A top government official and former Oklahoma City Mayor, Kirk Humphreys, has caused outrage after saying pedophiles should have the same rights as gay people because “sleeping with little boys is OK” during a live TV discussion.
Humphreys made the comments on political panel show The Flash Point when he went off topic to blast former US representative Barney Frank, an openly gay politician.
When the host, Kevin Ogle and guest Rep. Emily Virgin asked what Frank had done wrong he said, “if homosexuality is OK, so is pedophilia.”
SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO
“Is homosexuality right or wrong? It’s not relative. There’s a right and wrong, you just said it. If it’s OK, then it’s OK for everybody and quite frankly it’s OK for men to sleep with little boys if it’s OK,” Humphreys said on NBC affiliate KFOR.
Visibly taken aback, Virgin replied: “I’m unclear on what Barney Frank did other than being a homosexual. Are you saying there was some inappropriate conduct on his part? Because I’m not aware of that.”
Humphreys continued: “I’m saying there is a standard of right and wrong. In our society, we’ve gotten to where — I’m going to make a lot of people mad today — we’ve gotten to where there’s no right or wrong, it’s just all relative. It’s not all relative.”
He was also the mayor of Oklahoma City from 1998 to 2003.
He was appointed to the board of regents of Oklahoma University, of which he is an alumnus, in 2012.
“Mr. Humphreys expressed his personal views on Flashpoint,” OU’s press secretary Matt Epting said in an email, as cited by OU Daily.
“He was not speaking on behalf of the University of Oklahoma.”
When asked for clarification after the show, Humphreys said he had no additional comment at the time.
“Flashpoint has been on the air for more than 20 years. Every possible subject has been discussed over the course of those decades. What has remained consistent is the policy regarding that political affairs program… Neither the host, nor the analysts nor the guests speak for KFOR,” the station wrote in an online statement, distancing itself from the controversy.
Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, an LGBTQ advocacy group, said in a statement:
“Mayor Humphreys statements on Flashpoint this morning were completely shocking. To compare gay men – and specifically Congressman Barney Frank – to pedophiles and sexual predators is a step way too far.”
The Dean of Oklahoma University denounced Humphreys remarks saying, “Regent Humphreys’ comments are not only disrespectful, they are entirely unacceptable.”