MISSISSIPPI: Openly Lesbian Journalist Robin Roberts Is The New Face Of State’s Official Tourism Agency

The Advocate reports:

Lesbian news anchor Robin Roberts is the face of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication this year, joining Gov. Phil Bryant, who recently signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, in encouraging tourists to visit the Magnolia State.

The 2016 official tour guide for the state of Mississippi, which features Roberts on the cover, came out well before the governor signed a pro-discrimination law, allowing businesses, individuals and broadly defined “religiously affiliated organizations” to refuse service to LGBT people, single mothers, and others who somehow offend an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” regarding marriage and sexuality. The law also directly targets transgender residents, effectively claiming that one’s sex assigned at birth is immutable and will be the only gender recognized by the state. The law takes effect July 1.

Roberts, who grew up in Pass Christian, Miss., is interviewed about her work covering the Mississippi impact of Hurricane Katrina for Good Morning America. Inside the magazine, the cover story indicates that “Robin Roberts reflects on how her Mississippi roots shaped her life.”

The Advocate adds that Roberts also appears on the home page of Mississippi’s two official tourism websites. (Tipped by JMG reader Markus)

  • edrex

    AWKWARD!

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Speak out now or be labeled a quisling.

  • Bruno

    I’m not sure who will be more embarrassed, Robin or Mississippi.

    • Traxley Launderette

      Yes.

  • bkmn

    Time to use the stage you were given Ms. Roberts.

    • another_steve

      We’ll see. There are LGBT media whores who have no conscience.

      I’m thinking MSNBC’s openly gay Tom Roberts, who went to Russia to host some kind of tits and ass contest there — after Putin’s administration had declared war on LGBT people.

      And Elton John. A severe media whore who will kiss the ass of any homophobe, if it results in more sales of his CDs.

      • CB

        Thank you! These people only speak out when it helps them or their ratings. Didn’t hear Sam Champion (now on the Weather Channel) say anything about Georgia, did we?

        • another_steve

          I try my best not to be glib on this topic. After all, these people have million dollar contracts, financial and family obligations, etc.

          But really, Mary. Get a backbone.

          Be able to look at yourself in the mirror, and be proud.

        • CrystalCrain

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      • Irish856

        LOL… The pageant was owned by Donald Trump also… too funny

        • UiscePreston

          Uncle Tom Roberts indeed! But this sell-out traitorous clown did report that he saw absolutely no signs of rampant state-sanctioned homophobia…..from his five-star Moscow accomodations.

      • Todd20036

        Elton John sells cross dressers? He’s a pimp and a John?

    • teeveedub

      She’s in a unique position to be able to call attention to the newly-signed Mississippi law. A former resident, a lesbian, and a journalist with a popular platform. If she chooses to remain mute on the subject, it will be a gigantic lost opportunity.

    • WebSlinger

      I could not help myself….

      • glass

        Actually her reply would be, “The same way everyone else does, the same way that you see it on maps.”
        Alternate reply, “Why are we talking about Canada? You know I can see Russia from my bedroom window.”

      • MattPS

        Two Italian guys get on a bus; there’s a woman sitting right in front of them who, at first, ignores their conversation. But eventually she becomes galvanized by what she hears one of them say:

        “Emma come first. Then I come. Then two asses come together, then come I again. Then two asses come again, I come again, then pee twice, and finally I come at the end.

        The lady, now livid, says “In this country we don’t talk about our sex lives in public places! You, sir, are a vile, repugnant pig!”

        “Hey lady, cool it. I’m just telling my friend here how to spell MISSISSIPPI.”

        • Jenniferaobinson3

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      • Cuberly

        Ha!

  • Michael Smith

    I have never been to Mississippi. I have no plans to change this anytime soon.

    • sherman

      Well, you will miss out on your opportunity to have an authentic slugburger. Even more delicious than it sounds.

      • TrollopeReader

        the things I learn over here!

  • studd55

    I demand her image and person be removed from the Mississippi Tourism Campaign.

    Lesbians offend my ‘deeply held religious belief!’

  • JT

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me!

    Get off your ass and do something, Roberts!

    • lattebud

      She is too busy talking about how to eat bread and lose weight at 8 am

  • PickyPecker
    • studd55

      No housing for you Robin!

    • Octavio

      I look at faces like the one if the above .gif and think, “My what a difference a short course of ECT would make.” Does that make me so bad?

      • 2karmanot

        Yes, you are totally bad but for all the right reasons though.

    • Lazycrockett

      I thought one finger was suppose to go over the top of the other, not side by side.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Shame

      • Circ09

        This pic always cracks me up because I have met this actress in London when she was playing a lesbian in a musical.

        • Jeffrey

          I saw her in London as the Wicked Witch in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Wizard of Oz

        • Richie Kau

          Who is she?

          • Circ09

            Hannah Waddingham. And I realized I lied after I looked at my program. I didn’t see her at The Garrick. It was in the Leeds production of Bad Girls before it moved to London. I think Waddingham left to do Spamalot so was replaced for the West End run. I saw both versions because I had a friend working the show. They were equally dreadful. But still weirdly entertaining.

    • studd55

      I’m offended by her excessive hip action.

      The depravity.

    • safari2bongaloo

      Where is this from?

      • studd55

        Heaven.

  • Octavio

    Tall, beautiful, black, cancer survivor, articulate as hell and Lesbian . . . that surely must rub many politicians in Miss the wrong way. Good for her. Hope she’s successful in helping turn things around down there. I also understand she has a golf handicap of about 7?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      On the other hand, she also describes herself as a “dedicated Christian” and credits her parents with instilling in her the “three ‘D’s: Discipline, Determination, and ‘De Lord’.” Apparently she wowed the audience when she spoke at Abilene Christian University.

      But going back to the first hand, she is open about her relationship with her girlfriend. But then again, they’ve been together since 2005 and haven’t married.

      This could be one of those cases where real-life human beings seem to comfortably embody contradictions in their own lives that the ideologies of movements cannot reconcile.

      • Octavio

        True. It could just be that. Being comfortable with inherent contradictions. Sorry to hear she’s such a big ol christain, though. No way that can be good.

      • chemical

        Hey, some denominations are a lot more liberal than others. ‘Christian from Mississippi’ doesn’t have to mean ‘deranged crazy person’.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          True.

    • studd55

      and all for not because of her muff munchin’.

    • Circ09

      She seems to be a useful token to me about on par with Ben Carson.
      Will wait to hear her response since anti-gay laws have been officially on the books for 2 years now.

    • Grimes

      A 7?! Well, screw her. I can’t get below a 20.

      Honestly though, I have quite a bit of respect for her and am pretty optimistic she will do the right thing.

      • Octavio

        I hope so, too. Fingers crossed.

  • sherman

    Well, that’s going to be uncomfortable.

  • AtticusP

    Good enough to be on the cover.

    Just don’t ask anyone to bake a fucking cake for you, Robin. Or many other things.

    Deeply held religious beliefs, don’t you know…

  • Does she honestly believe there will be no repercussions? I would suggest she withdraw her support/image but I’m sure she’s already been paid.

    • studd55

      The Tourist Commission will fire her per her signed contract for bringing disrepute to the Commission and MS.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Can’t they just fire her anyway because of their “sincerely held beliefs”?

        • sfbob

          The Tourism Board believes in money. If she brings it in then she’s in accord with their sincerely held beliefs.

          • boatboy_srq

            Tourism Board a/k/a Second Church of Mammon.

          • Craig Howell

            Or the First Church of Christ (Republican).

      • boatboy_srq

        I’m sure there are a lot of news outlets who would offer her a lot more money somewhere else if that happened.

  • PLAINTOM

    Come to Mississippi and be refused service.

  • Lazycrockett

    Im sure this all happened way before the law passed. Im sure she will speak out against this.

    • CB

      Don’t count on it.

      • boatboy_srq

        Her blinders are that narrow fashionable?

    • nolalaboy

      According to the article this is true. However, what about Mississippi SB 2681, Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or otherwise known as “turn away the gays law” passed and signed into law April 3, 2014 a full two years ago. Certainly she knew about that one.

  • huh. . .

  • Necessitas

    Reserving judgement until she speaks out on this, or 3 days, whichever comes first.

  • BobSF_94117

    Do they really keep the same cover all year long?

    • Collins, MS has used the same picture of favorite son Gerald McRaney on its brochures for the last 20 years.

  • Curieux Bleu

    Man oh man, is she between a ROCK and a HARD PLACE at this moment!

    • Get Real

      No, it not. Say fuck you to the state for this bullshit. The press and we will respect her fully. A good fuck-you to Mississippi with the Confederate flag in its state flag is LONG overdue.

      • It can be hard to reject where you come from. Home is always home no matter how fucked up it might be.

    • studd55

      The problem is the other moments when she’s between a creamy thigh and another creamy thigh.

  • Michael Smith

    O/T appeals court ruled in favor of marriage equality in Puerto Rico, takes the unusual step of removing the judge https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/federal-appeals-court-yes-puerto-ricos-same-sex-marriage-ban?utm_term=.bl6NoW95zY

  • CB

    “Journalist” is stretching it, I think. “Infotainer” is more like it.

    • CPT_Doom

      I like the UK term “news reader.”

      • lattebud

        In the US, “light banter, celebrity sucking up morning personality who can read a teleprompter”

  • RainbowPhoenix

    That sucks for her.

  • JW Swift

    Oh, see, they’ll happily USE us and our talent and even let us visit and spend our money. They just want to make sure that we don’t actually decide to move there and become their neighbors or anything.

    • boatboy_srq

      Queer dollars are delicious. It’s queer people they don’t like. Funny thing is, they can’t get the one without the other.

  • Todd

    Robin should be holding a sign on that cover saying “I was born here and I’m not welcome here either”

    • CPT_Doom

      Sounds like a photo shop opportunity.I’d do it muself if one of you young ‘uns could show me where that on button is on that computer thingamabob.

  • ceeenbee

    Hopefully she has the dignity to sever her connections with that backwards hell hole.

  • anne marie in philly

    oooooooooooooh, female/black/gay…everything the GOP h8s! GO GET EM, ROBIN!

  • I lived in Jackson, MS (briefly) and have a lot of family there. The racists are still much better organized and more threatening than the homophobes. A charming place!

    • Sounds just wonderfully delightful! Why more people aren’t flocking there is a mystery, yeah?
      /s

  • TampaZeke

    MISSISSIPPIRONY!

    • DING! DING!!! DINGDINGDING!!!! We have today’s winner!!

  • Michael McReavy

    She doesn’t seem to have any comments on her twitter feed about Mississippi’s anti-LGBT law.

    • PickyPecker

      Probably has to clear any remarks with the network/GMA. She may even be under a contractual gag-order on such matters.

      • Michael McReavy

        Well being the bitch that I am, I tweeted her to ask if she had any comment on that ‘religious freedom’ law.

        • Circ09

          Ohhh. Ask her about the laws passed 2 years ago too, will ya?

        • studd55

          The Advocate said they reached out to her, but her employer ABC said she is on vacation.

          It appears she is in Key West Florida.

          I guess Mississippi wasn’t such a good place to vacation.

          • Circ09

            Ha! I wonder if it is in Mississippi.

  • Good Shot Green

    Tourism in Mississippi? Is that like Famous Jewish Sports Legends?

    • Snarkaholic

      And the Mensa Society’s Alabama branch.

      • djcoastermark

        Quite a lovely building I’m told, However, it has been empty since the early 1900’s when it was built.

    • William

      The drive down US 90 along the Gulf coast was very pretty before Katrina. Now Pass Christian is noted for having the largest Walmart in the southeast.

      • Jmdintpa

        I have not been through since Katrina. Used to live in Pcola and would go to New Orleans and on occasion stop in to a casino on the coast. I hear all those big beautiful oak trees are now mostly gone. They withstood Camille but Katrina got them… that ought to tell you about that storm.

    • sfbob

      Sandy Koufax
      Hank Greenberg
      Those are the two I can come up with immediately.

  • Snarkaholic

    As long as the same sex couple isn’t actually shagging on your counter, their presence in your store is NOT the same thing as being offensive.

  • Circ09

    When did Robin Roberts officially come out? I thought she was a glass closet queen.

    • Lakeview Bob

      I kinda was thinking the same thing. I know if is no big secret but I have never heard an official announcement. But maybe that is a good thing. This should not have to be news.

      • Circ09

        I would wager the majority of people that watch Roberts on TV do not know she is a lesbian. And I know for a fact that before her cancer scare she used to refuse to answer questions about her personal life. So the “openly” part of Joe’s headline makes me squint.

        Does anyone know if she wrote openly about her long-time partner in her recent autobiography? Maybe she is out now and I just missed it.

        • Joe in PA

          looks like she came out officially Dec 2013. I think I’ve heard her mention her ‘girlfriend’ on GMA. But she is definitely low key about it.

          EDIT to add a URL:

          http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/gmas-robin-roberts-acknowledges-same-sex-relationship-in-new-disclosure-1201009756/

          • Circ09

            Danke! Good to know she finally loosened up a bit. Now I wanna see how she avoids a PR disaster.

          • boatboy_srq

            Time to up the volume a bit, methinks.

        • Steven Leahy

          I had her pegged way back in the 1990’s when she was doing sports.

          • Circ09

            Redline to the gaydar, for sure! But the force of denial is strong in straights.

          • Steven Leahy

            LOL true

  • ColdCountry

    Levis is in MS. Apparently they, and a bunch of other companies, are leaning on the governor. (Dow Chemical, HP Enterprises, Hyatt Hotels, Choice Hotels, Pepsi, Whole Foods and GE) Hope it helps!

  • DoctorDJ

    Tough gig.

  • studd55

    What bathroom does Robin use?

  • txstevo

    I didn’t see any reaction to the Mississippi bill on her Twitter feed. Lots of tweets about how much she loves Key West tho

  • jomicur

    Pass Christian, Miss.?? I’ve been passing on Christianity since I was in my teens. She should, too.

  • Wonder if Ms. Roberts has any clue she’s a willing patsy in the attempted rainbow-washing of one of the most anti-LGBT states in America.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Exactly

    • billbear1961

      If she doesn’t, she will SOON.

    • Stev84

      To be fair, this was probably in the works months earlier, but now she better speak up and remove herself from the campaign.

  • Irish856

    LOL… Things that make you go… what have I done

  • Ninja0980

    Time to speak up Robin, you certainly have the platform to do so.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Mixed signals generally don’t end well.

  • WNY

    WHAT. THE. FUCK. ?

  • SoCalVet

    I’m sure they made Sam Shepherd leave because they couldn’t have two gay people on one show.

  • Michael Hampton

    So remember, our dirty money is just fine for “christians” to take, they just can’t give us anything in return for it.

  • ah, celebrities and video personalities. aren’t they fun? i so want them to lead my country and teach all our children and have all the money, don’t you? we can count on them to always make the wise decision. they wouldn’t be famous if that weren’t true, right?

  • The Professor

    So… Assuming she will tell them wher to stick their gig soon.

  • Tor

    Well, that’s awkward.

  • Stev84

    Even without the anti-gay law, it’s incomprehensible how anyone could be proud of that shithole

  • MikeinATL

    I wouldn’t be giving Ms. Roberts a hard time over this. The visitor/tourist/convention folks are opposed to this law and, I imagine the photo shoot etc was done well before this hideous law.

    • Circ09

      Yeah, I bet the visitor/convention folks are against it! Except MS has had a law now on the books since 2014 giving businesses the right to refuse LGBT. This last one just put a final exclamation point on it. So, nope. That excuse isn’t going to wash with me.

  • David Walker

    Oops. But Mississippi has the funds to face the lawsuits that have resulted from marriage equality lawsuits and the lawsuits the new hate legislation that will come, so destroying all copies of this magazine and republishing it with a more suitable person isn’t out of the question.

  • DuaneBidoux

    Wow talk about irony

  • Jennifer Michaels

    I don’t give a good God damn if they have the entire cast of ‘Rent’ on their tourism board…Mississippi can go fuck itself with a big rubber dick.

  • THEBEARCUB

    Reading these comments! Well damn why don’t you gurls give her a chance. Some you are already damning her! SHEESH!

  • teedofftaxpayer

    She really needs to come out against this law.

  • Jenniferaobinson3

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