9:43 am Dec. 11, 2012
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray, whose relationship was the subject of a recent lesbian-joke cartoon in the New York Post, continued last night to take aim at the paper that ran it.
"I think there's a problem that has to be addressed here with the Post," said de Blasio, on NY1's "Inside City Hall."
Last week, Observer reporter Hunter Walker unearthed a 1979 Essence story in which McCray wrote that she identified as a lesbian.
The revelation has since gotten a lot of attention, earning a mention on "Saturday Night Live," in addition to the unflattering attentions of the New York Post.
Cartoonist Sean Delonas—who famously depicted President Barack Obama as a chimp—sketched the mayoral candidate in drag smoking a post-coital cigarette next to his wife, as she talks on the phone: "I used to be a lesbian but my husband, Bill de Blasio, won me over," she says.
And yesterday, Post columnist Andrea Peyser wrote that "Lesbians don’t simply get cured, as if homosexuality were a temporary disease. Someone (de Blasio? McCray? Both?) isn’t being honest."
De Blasio, who has been married to McCray for 18 years, said on NY1 that while there are "good people" at the tabloid and he'll continue talking to the paper's reporters, he'd like to see the paper establish "a better standard of decency and respect."
"I want to tell you, Errol, I'm not going to seek the editorial board's endorsement if they don't address this issue," he told the show's host, Errol Louis.
(As Louis pointed out, de Blasio isn't likely to get it in any case.)
For her part, McCray said, "I think that sexuality is very fluid, it's very individual and it's personal."
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