ABC, CBS Affiliate News Anchor Tells LGBT Community to ‘Go On Gaycation’

Dave Elliott of WLOX-TV in Mississippi draws backlash for offensive rant on Facebook

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

Public figures beware: your Facebook posts are not private.

This is what Dave Elliott, a news anchor for ABC and CBS affiliate WLOX, found out when he decided to post an offensive comment directed at the LGBT community.

“I’m all for the LGBT community’s ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way,” Elliott wrote Thursday. “But it seems like they’ve been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves.”

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No word yet on what exactly a “gaycation” is, but the interweb has already began mocking Elliott on Twitter and across the social mediasphere.

So that’s how it works! If only we’d all take some time off, we’d get equal rights?” tweeted one reader.

Since the story broke Friday, WLOX management has not said whether official disciplinary action will be taken against Elliott, but the station has distanced itself from his comments.

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“We are not happy at all with the post or any imagined ‘free publicity,'” according to a statement on the WLOX’s Facebook page. “Dave made this post initially on his personal Facebook page, and you should look for him to address it on that same page.”

Elliott has not yet offered a public apology and the last item posted on his Facebook page was a photo from the Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama.

TheWrap’s request for comment from Elliott has not yet been returned.