Nixon slams "All in the Family," ancient Roman rulers for being gay in White House tapetags: Richard Nixon, gay history, Ancient Rome, TV, presidential recordings, White House tapes
An audio recording of former U.S. President Richard Nixon spouting off an anti-gay rant has surfaced.
CNN published an excerpt from the tape, which was apparently recorded sometime during Nixon's time in the Oval Office from 1969-1974. In the clip, Nixon accuses the popular TV series "All in the Family" (which he initially mistakes for a movie) of "glorifying homosexuality,"
"The point that I make is that...I do not think that you glorify, on public television, homosexuality," Nixon proclaims. And the president doesn't stop there -- claiming that homosexuality "destroyed the Greeks," he notes, "Aristotle was a homo, we all know that. So was Socrates ... Homosexuality, immorality in general...these are the enemies of strong societies."...
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