The Alabama-based hosts of the syndicated radio program “The Rick & Bubba Show” – which airs in Atlanta on ratings leader WSB Radio – have enraged some gay listeners with their criticism of June as Gay Pride Month.
During the June 9 show, Rick Burgess went on a nearly 10-minute rant in reaction to President Obama proclaiming the month as Gay Pride Month. He said the president asked “all of us, including those of us with a biblical world view, to embrace sin for a month and celebrate it.” Co-host Bill “Bubba” Bussey chimed in by calling the proclamation “hilarious” and “offensive.”
Co-host Bill “Bubba” Bussey called the proclamation “hilarious” and asked, “Who at the White House wrote this?”
Burgess said the proclamation is “offensive” because there is “no way … to biblically justify this lifestyle,” and took the opportunity to liken gay relationships to an adulterous affair.
“If you are struggling with homosexuality, your sin in no more horrible than the sexual sins of the heterosexual, but it’s also not special, it doesn’t get a pass.”
“I don’t struggle with homosexuality, but every man will tell you that [he] struggles with sexual sins that are heterosexual, meaning lust, fornication, pornography. Which are sins just like homosexuality.”
“But I would dare to say that we would never declare fornication pride month, where we are to embrace those who have multiple lovers and have been adulterers and what they’ve done for America,” he added.
The comments enraged some gay listeners, including those in Alabama where the show is based. Atlanta-based WSB Radio airs “The Rick & Bubba Show” on Sundays. The station also airs Michael Savage, who has a long history of offensive anti-gay comments, each week day from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Other Atlanta stations that air “Rick & Bubba” include WFDR 1370 AM, WNGA 105.1 FM, and WXKT 103.7 FM. It also airs on stations in Douglas, Augusta, Cairo and Macon. XM Radio also airs the show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
Since the comments, critics took their complaints to Facebook and created Rick and Bubba Must GO! The page has attracted 1,277 fans, who are contacting advertisers and complaining about the anti-gay rants from the hosts. Organizers of PrideFEST 2010 earlier this month in Birmingham posted a YouTube response to the comments from the radio jocks (video below).
But the show’s Facebook page, Rick and Bubba, has nearly 83,000 fans. When the show posted a video replay of the Gay Pride rant, some 227 people “Liked” it, while the post attracted 160 mostly-favorable – and often times anti-gay – comments. Since the storm over the comments, the YouTube video has been set to private so viewers must be invited to see it.
The co-hosts have also reacted, posting a response to their Facebook page and tweeting that they have been “targeted by gay and lesbian groups.” Burgess says the comments “were made from my Biblical world view and by no means was intended to offend or alienate anyone who doesn’t share my point of view.”