Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Bob Grisham Teaches That Michelle Obama Is Fat and That He Doesn't Believe In Queers .... Plus, An UPDATE

Okay, so most people know that Alabama, deeply southern, deeply Bible Belted, is not the most tolerant or accepting place, but, perhaps one of the reasons why is teachers, and head football coach, like Bob Grisham.

It seems that school district officials are investigating allegations that Grisham made slurs about The Gays, and Michelle Obama, in the presence of students. The investigation includes a 1-minute, 24-second audiotape in which Grisham is heard asking who knows who is behind the 600-calorie school lunch.

This is the transcript of the recording:
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(laughter)
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 [sic] 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.
I don't like being around racist homophobes, but, um, I believe in Free Speech, and Grisham has the right to his bigoted hateful opinions, but I don't think he has the right to teach those opinions; Grisham, for the record, in addition to being a football coach, also teaches psychology.

Yes, he does.

Grisham told the Times Daily that he misspoke: “I misspoke in a debate-type situation. I have no hatred toward anyone or any group. People that know my heart, they know that.”

Your heart, yes, and your words, spoken to a group of high school students.

No action has been taken against Grisham by the district’s administration or the school board. He was not at school Wednesday, and ALLEGEDY has family obligations that will keep him out of school the rest of the week.

“Before we do anything, we’ll investigate this thoroughly and gather information from other people,” Superintendent Jennifer Gray said. “Whatever we do in response to this situation will be dictated by board policy.”

Should Grisham be fired? Should he be removed from teaching a psychology class? I'm not sure, but I think maybe he needs a good long sit-down and maybe become reacquainted with the idea of teaching, and not just spouting his own brand of bigotry and homophobia and collecting a paycheck for it.

To hear the audio of Grisham's rant go HERE

UPDATE
Late yesterday, Bob Grisham was suspended for 10 days without pay. 
It should give him ample time to think .... before he speaks again.

13 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

ak!

Ron said...

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that there are a lot of people like John Grisham around who are in a position of influence with impressionable students. The good thing is that hateful homophobes like Grisham are fighting the tide of history as is Rick Perry of Texas. Eventually they will die off, albeit with their hatred intact. These people are afraid because they know in their heart that they are losing.

Ask the Cool Cookie said...

I just want to thank the person who taped this.

Now, what about the jerk who called the First Lady a big fat gorilla. Someone need to smack that jack ass upside the head.

Anonymous said...

This teacher is taking time off to attend to "family issues?" He's a damn coward in addition to being a racist and a bigot and a homophobe. If he had ANY guts, he'd show up and face the outrage - what a total cracker barrel punk. The school administration better do the right thing, and FIRE this punk immediately - !!!

Wonder Man said...

kick this man in the nuts

anne marie in philly said...

o-tay! he should NOT be allowed back in a classroom. period.

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Anonymous said...

This blog is one sided. If it goes against the rest in here they delete what you have to say. Typical.

Bob said...

It's not one-sided Anon, but when you post racist and homophobic remarks, I'll delete them. You don't like it, get your own blog, and sign your name to it.

Dino S. said...

If you think this jerk should be terminated and suspension isn't good enough, you should send an e-mail to the School Superintendent. Her e-mail is Jennifer.gray@lcschools.org. He says that the people at his school "know my heart". I'll be they do. That is why a student brought a tape recorder to the classroom.