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Nancy Grace defends legendary anti-gay activist Anita Bryant as ‘sweet lady’

Nancy Grace defends legendary anti-gay activist Anita Bryant as ‘sweet lady’

Inexplicably, TV host Nancy Grace chose to defend one of the most infamous foes of gay and lesbian equality in history in a recent segment on her HLN show.

Grace tackled the topic of celebrity stalkers after Brad Pitt was attacked at a Hollywood premiere last week.

In doing so, she dragged out a 37 year old clip of Anita Bryant getting a pie shoved in her face and wondered why anybody would want to do this to such a ‘sweet lady.’

‘She was speaking on some issue dear to her heart … I mean she is a lady. I don’t understand that. … Look at her, she makes me think of my mother. To do that to a sweet lady whether you agree with her politics or not. Why would you do that?’

Grace’s guest, Bethany Marshall, attributed it to the pie thrower’s ‘enormous envy.’

Both women appear to be completely clueless that Bryant is reviled as a homophobe and a bigot for her organizing efforts against gays in the 1970s.

Then a well-known spokeswoman for the Florida orange juice industry, Bryant let the successful repeal a local ordinance in Dade County that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,

She said of homosexuals: ‘What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable alternate way of life. … I will lead such a crusade to stop it as this country has not seen before.’

&Bryant also said: ‘As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children’ and ‘If gays are granted rights, next we’ll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters.’

Bryant, now 74, was one of the first persons to be publicly ‘pied’ as a political act when a man shoved a pie in her face on live television in Des Moines.

The famously anti-gay Bryant quipped: ‘At least it’s a fruit pie.’ While still covered in pie and before bursting into tears, Bryant began to pray to God to forgive the activist pie thrower ‘for his deviant lifestyle.’

The career of Bryant, a former Miss America runner-up and successful singer, all but ended because of the fallout from her anti-gay activism.

H/T: Towleroad