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Homophobic Radio Host Busted at Gay Bar

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Is Houston conservative talk radio star and noted homophobe Michael Berry actually gay?

According to the bouncer at T.C.’s Show Bar in Montrose, Michael Berry left the club, where he was attending as a patron, at 11:00 PM on January 31. The bouncer, Tuderia Bennett, said Berry drove in reverse for 70 feet, hit Bennett’s car, and drove away. Bennett wrote down the license plate, which was registered to Berry, and identified Berry in a photograph. Security footage of Berry inside the club has been turned over to police. Local station KPRC broke the news.

Berry peddles the usual fear and loathing of liberals, immigrants, minorities, et al. on his three-hour talk show on KTRH and KPRC. He got national attention in 2010 when he said, regarding a mosque near “Ground Zero,” “I hope the mosque isn’t built, and if it is, I hope it’s blown up, and I mean that.”

But he’s also more than your average hatemonger. He’s a notable local figure, a three-term former city councilmember who ran for mayor in 2003 and has a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

You wouldn’t know it to listen to his show, though. Full of racist and xenophobic tweets, his Twitter account @MichaelBerrySho also indicates that Berry has an active imagination when it comes to homosexuality:

Feb. 5: What Elton John is doing backstage right now would get him beheaded in Saudi Arabia unless the king joined in. #superbowl

Feb. 5: Eli Manning gets sacked more than Barney Frank’s interns

Feb. 3: I’m dying to know when Queen will endorse Mittens, since Adam Lambert has a mancrush on Mr Taxachoosits.

Berry is now the featured “winner” on gayhomophobe.com, which tracks anti-gay public figures who are caught in compromising circumstances.

Emily DePrang joined The Texas Observer in 2011 as a staff writer covering criminal justice and public health. Before that, she was nonfiction editor of the Sonora Review. Before that, she was a waitress. She's also appeared in The Atlantic, Salon.com, and VICE. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Arizona and has won some things, including the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (2012), the National Health Journalism Fellowship from USC Annenberg (2013), and a nomination for a National Magazine Award in Reporting (2014). She still sometimes thinks about waitressing.

  • Hacksaw_Duck

    Is this a serious story, or a parody of “the typical self-righteous journalist”? I can’t tell.

  • Emily DePrang is intolerant

    If you disagree with something he says about homosexuals, he must be a homophobe. And if you disagree with something he says about immigrants, he must be a xenophobe. I am sure you know this Emily, but those names are just methods to demonize a person and stop debate of ideas that threaten your world view. You are afraid of ideas that don’t fit your world view. Is there a name for that?

  • Stad1212

    I’ve listened to Berry and find him humorous, but his continued, open disdain for higher education (even to the point of telling people not to go to college) is strange, especially given that he is (supposedly) a Juris Doctor (JD). Maybe this is indicative of the guy’s mentality: hate what you are (i.e. he is gay and hate gays, just as he is a JD and hates others with advanced degrees).

    • Steve

      His “disdain” for higher education?? You are the epitome of an intellectually dishonest “progressive” lemming tool who takes what people you disagree with say and manufacture your own meaning to it to make an otherwise invalid point. I remember him talking about higher education. And his commentary about it suggests nothing of the sort. All he was saying was that not everyone is cut out for higher education. And that it is not necessarily a requirement for success in life. If you have a disagreement with his opinions on certain subject matters that’s all fine and dandy. But you ought to express those contentions in an honest fashion and not be a disingenuous little shitstain making baseless character attacks. The language of your comments here suggests you have no valid argument to make. Because if you did, you’d cite something … ANYTHING … relevant and factual to support your opinions.

      • Stad1212

        Berry made a joke about Portland, OR, being filled with restaurant kitchen workers with Ph.D.s. When did he say this? LAST WEEK. Look up a transcript of it. Based on the length and idiocy of your last post, you obviously have a great amount of time on your hands.

        My original statements stand, as you have done absolutely nothing to refute them other than bloviate and try to come up with impotent ad hominem attacks. From what I’ve gathered about you, I would imagine that failed attempts and impotence are regular occurrences in your life.

        • Steve

          LOL! He made a “joke”? Is that the best argument you can muster to disparage the character of someone you disagree with? Pathetic.

          My reply to your statement also stands. And your feeble attempts to disparage MY character and insult me are laughable. If you wish to have a discussion about a certain topic, I’m more than happy to engage in it. Or are schoolyard insults all you have?

        • Steve

          Speaking of “having a great amount of time” on one’s hands, you shouldn’t be casting stones when you’re living in a glass home. 1468 comments here? Really? Who has so much time on their hands now?

        • Steve

          Huh. You were so quick to reply to my reply to a comment you’ve made 2 months ago to insult me (poorly I might add). But when challenged to debate on a topic of your choosing, all I get in response is a chorus of crickets. What’s wrong? Are you apprehensive about having a discussion with someone who could potentially put you in your place? I’m not surprised by this at all. Oftentimes whenever a partisan lemming tool (this is my assessment of you based on the limited content of what I’ve read from you so far) is confronted in the arena of honest debate, they tuck tail a run off. But I am an optimist. I’ll check back another time to see if you posted anything.

          So, do you have something you’d like to talk about? I thrive on debate. It helps me to not only sharpen my wit, I also see it as a way to potentially learn something new and perhaps gain a new perspective. So what do you say?

          • Stad1212

            Three replies? You are a sad human being. Did I hurt your widdle feewings? Boo-Hoo. Go whack off to your gay-hating, homo-hero Michael Berry and leave the comments to people like me who have the emotional maturity not to e-stalk anyone with a different opinion.

          • Steve

            LOL! Just as I figured … all schoolyard insults, no substance. And you call yourself “emotionally mature” …ha ha ha … Blatant hypocrisy if I ever saw it. I’m not bothered by the fact different people have differing opinions from my own. What I don’t care for is intellectual dishonesty and lack of substance. I’m not surprised at all to see you shy away from an opportunity to have a real adult conversation. And it’s because deep down inside you know you wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell in the arena of honest debate. Character attacks and insults are all “progressive” lemming tools have in their arsenal.

            Offer still stands. We can have ourselves a nice, civil, and HONEST debate like mature adults. Or you can continue to be a petulant little man-child who has nothing to offer to the table of discussion beyond baseless accusations, insults, and rhetorical nonsense. The next move is yours. And it will determine whether or not you’re an honest and intelligent person. Or whether or not you’re just a typical willfully ignorant partisan lemming tool who can only hide behind a keyboard making snipe attacks against those that dare challenge their beliefs. So what’s it going to be, sparky? :-)

  • Salaminizer

    This story is a flat out lie about Berry. This never happened. Do some research.

  • Steve

    And as for YOU, Ms. DePrang, you are no better than Stad1212. It’s so-called “journalists” like yourself that stifle honest discuss in this country, which is what this nation sorely needs. You are not a journalist in the tradition definition of the word. You are nothing more than a propagandist who makes it your life’s work to perpetuate a false message in order to prop up an oppressive ideology. People like you are the reason why our country is seeing an erosion of our liberties and our constitutional republic. People like you don’t have a valid argument to make. So you make it your mission to attack the character of those you disagree with instead of entering into the arena of honest debate.

    I challenge you to enter this arena with me, an “average Joe”, about any topic you wish to discuss. I have no formal journalistic training, nor have I ever been any part of any political organization or debate club. But I am a self-educated free-thinking individual who has the capacity to articulate my thoughts in an effective and honest manner. I seriously doubt that I’ll ever hear from you … most likely because you are fearful of ever actually having an honest discussion with the likes of me. But if by some chance you do take me up on my challenge, my email is [email protected]. Feel free to engage me and post our conversations publicly if you choose to do so. Regardless of your training, I feel confident in my ability to make my points and my arguments effective enough to put you in your place. Why? Because unlike you, I am intellectually honest and I have the truth on my side.