An Alabama teacher and football coach tells his students that gays are “an abomination against God,” blames “Fat butt Michelle Obama” for poor school lunches, and does nothing when one of his students calls the first lady a “big fat gorilla,” in a disturbing rant filled with racist and homophobic sentiment.
According to reports, on Feb. 1, representatives with the GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services in Huntsville began to call for Grisham’s resignation, after the audio recording began to be widely circulated on the internet. Also on Feb. 1, Lauderdale County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gray confirmed to The TimesDaily that Lauderdale County High School coach Bob Grisham was being investigated after an anonymous source provided a tape of him allegedly using racial and homophobic slurs.
As well as preaching an obnoxious gay bashing homophobia to his high school students, Grisham also went on an anti-Obama racist tirade that would please any Tea Party radical. Asking who knows who is behind the 600-calorie school lunch, Grisham blamed “Fat butt Michelle Obama.”
Perhaps even more disturbing than referring to the first lady as “Fat butt Michelle Obama,” Grisham remained silent when an unidentified male voice, presumably a student, called Michelle Obama a “big fat gorilla.”
The following is a transcript of a recording of Grisham’s rant:
Grisham: Like those lunches - you get 600-calorie lunches - you know who's behind that?
Different voice: Michelle Obama
Grisham: Fat butt Michelle Obama
(Giggling in background)
Grisham: And look … look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She's overweight.
Different voice: Big fat gorilla
Grisham: I'm serious. Y'all, our country is, is, is going in the wrong direction.
Different voice: It's going straight to hell.
Grisham: You'd better be aware of it. And people running around like, oh it'll get better, it'll get better. No, it ain't gone get no better until things change. I can give you example after example of that, but I don't want to use any local names to give you examples. Things won't get better until there's a change in some areas and stuff. And you know what his platform was? Change. We're gone change. We're all … aw it's OK …. for … and … y'all can get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, you can call the superintendent and tell her. I don't believe in queers, I don't like queers. I don't … I don't hate them as a person but what they do is wrong, it's an abomination against God. I don't like being around queers.
Grisham claims that he “misspoke in a debate-type situation,” and that he has “no hatred toward anyone or any group. People that know my heart, they know that.”
An online petition, from a group called Alabama Citizens for Equality has been created to encourage the Lauderdale County school system to terminate Grisham.