Published On: Wed, Jul 24th, 2013

Dick Gregory entertains Trayvon Martin protesters with George Washington gay jokes VIDEO

Rallying in support of Trayvon Martin protesters laughed at a joke mocking the Father of our Country and gay people.

At the Martin rally in Washington, D.C., black comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory criticized the country’s majority support of same-sex marriage, making President George Washington the butt of the first joke in his speech.

George Washington“I’m talkin’ about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” said Gregory, “You can tell that to George Washington, with them tight silk pants he was wearin’, those high heeled shoes, ruffled shirt, a whig and some powder. So this been goin’ on for a long time [sic].”

Dave Zirin, sports editor for the blog The Nation, however, originally described in his account of the event that Gregory’s joke was met with “silence,” stating, “Homophobia did not sell.”

Zirin, an acclaimed sports writer and a socialist, later revised his piece to describe the crowd’s reaction to the joke as “tepid” after the The Daily Caller confronted him via Twitter.

The rally featured demands for the boycotting of Florida and the American Legislative Exchange Council, the overturning of Stand Your Ground laws, and the berating of Mickey Mouse as a rat all resounded from the podium.

Speakers also called for better education, increased political activism of the African-American community, non-violence and faith in God.

The crowd’s energetic repetition of the now-familiar refrain, “No justice, No peace,” was frequently interspersed throughout and after the event.
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