GOP Pundit Mary Matalin Thinks Her Gay Friends Care More About Putin’s Pecs Than His Homophobia

putin-undershirtGOP consultant Mary Matalin would you know to know she has many gay friends. She’s also like you to know they think all this talk about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s homophobia obscures what really matters: his physique.

Even by the low standards of the Sunday talk shows, Matalin hit a new record for brainlessness on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous. Stephanopolous asked Matalin a serious question about the Russian Olympics. Here’s what Matalin came back with:

“Can I just say, I’m so sick of sports and politics. I am not gay, and I know I’m going to get in trouble for this, but all of my gay friends think he looks so buff in his shirtless photos.”

At which point, the putative adults on the panel laughed.

Matalin has been toiling as an operative in the Republican vineyards since the Reagan presidency, serving as a campaign director for George H.W. Bush and a presidential assistant to his son. She’s probably best known as a talking head on television, often in tandem with her husband, Democratic consultant James Carville.

Apparently, in Matalin’s mind, widespread violence against the LGBT community in Russia is only good for a joke about how sexualized gay men are.

Over at Slate, Nathaniel Frank rightly points out that it’s these kind of comments that tell you who your friends really are–and aren’t. Frank notes that his grandparents used to say that his gentile friends wouldn’t hide him if there was another holocaust.

“I like to think they were wrong (and that there won’t be another Holocaust),” Frank writes. “But that won’t stop me from invoking their wise spirit with a warning to conservative pundit Mary Matalin’s gay friends: She won’t hide you in a gay Holocaust.”

It’s hard to argue against that conclusion. Of course, we’re confident that she can come up with another swell joke if those circumstances arise.

(H/t: Nathaniel Frank)



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  • balehead

    “I didn’t say it..My gay friends did!”…Wow… Matalin makes saying “It’s in the Bible’ look dignified…

  • jimbryant

    Mary Matalin is somewhat correct. Gay men are known to spend hours looking at porn sites. Gay men are known to be vain. Gay bars are known to hold nights based on appearance, such as bear night and leather night. Don’t deny it.

    Our interest in Putin’s Russia is confined to cyberspace and has no influence at all. Face it – we couldn’t even organize a boycott of Barilla pasta or Chik Fil A.

  • KDub

    Lol actually it is kinda funny (and kinda true). I’d never seen him out of a suit before. He’s buff and semi-hot in a really threatening kill-you-afterwards sorta way.

  • Tyler100

    Fun fact: Balehead and JimBryant are actually the same person.

  • NG22

    Lies this crazy bitch tell…

    I’m not even fully saying that because of these remarks. I watched her on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday and this bitch is losing her mind.

    Anyway, I’m so much more attracted to the American President. That he’s an ally of the LGBT community is a bonus.

    But how offensive she thinks we’re lusting after a 60 year old Russian man rather than vilifying him for being hostile to our community. Who the fuck are her gay friends? On second thought, perhaps they’re conservative-apologist Log Cabin Republicans.

  • Joetx

    Matalin says more about the quality of her “gay friends” than gays in general.

    Plus, she’s married to Carville, so WTF does she know?

  • alanj

    And I believe someone pointed out bjmcfrisky is also the same as Jb & balehead?
    Makes for far more interesting reading when you think of them as the same person…..

  • DarkZephyr

    @jimbryant: First off, I have only ever been to ONE gay bar in my entire life, and they didn’t have “bear night” or “leather night”. Secondly, that some gay bars do that has nothing at all to do with gay men in general. There are probably more strip clubs for straight men in the world than there are gay bars (for lesbians AND gay men combined). Don’t deny it. Bars and clubs, whether they are gay or straight, tend to be about entertainment. Its absurd to judge entire subsets of people off of the entertainment some of them enjoy when they want to let their hair down. What is your problem? You are just as homophobic as BJMcFrisky.

  • Lestar

    Eye roll…she”s so thick headed

  • hephaestion

    If “all of her gay friends” actually said this, she has some dumb, dumb friends. Which is what I am sure ALL of her friends are.

  • AuntieChrist

    Ewwww! Putin reminds me of those ugly hairless cats…And when she talks about her gay friends it’s probably just one person…And they more than likely look like Barney Frank.

  • Large Marge


    The only person she heard this from is her gay husband, James Carville.

  • bobbyjoe

    What “gay friends”? As I’ve said elsewhere, if Mary Matalin had any real friends– gay or straight– they wouldn’t have let her go on the talkshows she’s been on this week in her current “majorly drugged-out on painkillers (or something)” condition. Bill Maher mentioned something about an “accident,” but if Matalin is in as bad condition as she seems to be– looking like a barely-animated corpse and nearly unable to string two coherent worse together in a way that doesn’t seem like she’s drunk or losing consciousness– any real friends would be advising her to stray home and rest until she’s more genuinely coherent and healed.

  • Cam


    Yes Jim, we get it, you will always defend the anti-gay folks just like BJ.

    The fact is, Matlin, Palin, Coulter and others seem to have now run out of other ways to be homophobic so they are trying the tired line of “My gay, black, Latino, etc… friends” said this.

    The part that nobody seems to notice is that none of these friends ever actually seem to be real.

  • balehead

    Sorry to not agree with your egoism…But balehead is just balehead…

  • balehead

    A Canadian journalist would have said…name them!!

  • Niall

    Wouldn’t surprise me, gay men can be willfully obtuse to the plight of other gays all over the world. If it’s not happening to them, affecting them or happening close to where they live, then it’s not worth paying attention to.

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