Debbie Downer

Lady who went on antigay tirade over Tim Allen show gets fired from her job, goes into hiding

It looks like Debbie Odom Massey is learning the hard way why it’s not a great idea to go on hateful, anti-LGBTQ rants on social media… especially when you’re on the board of directors for your community’s Chamber of Commerce.

Just to recap: Debbie caused quite a scene on Facebook over the weekend when she shared a Breitbart article to her page then went on a homophobic rant over ABC’s decision to cancel her favorite Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing,” accusing the network of “cramming same-sex making out into our homes” and trying to “indoctrinate people” whilst promoting “LGBT blah blah blah”:

As it turns out, Debbie isn’t just a lonely soul in suburban Tennessee with too much time on her hands. She’s also the executive director of the board of directors for the Madison Rivergate Chamber of Commerce. Or at least she was until yesterday evening.

Last night, the board held an emergency meeting in response to the unwanted attention their executive director, who is paid by the chamber, had drawn to herself and their organization, which represents over 200 member businesses. With little fanfare, they voted to request her immediate resignation.

The chamber also voted to take additional steps to reach out to LGBTQ businesses and encourage diversity in the community, as well as to join Tennessee Thrives, a statewide anti-discrimination initiative. Chamber members will also begin diversity training, and a new policy regarding social media posts will be implemented.

In a statement, openly gay chamber member David McMurry said that despite Debbie’s antigay Facebook tirade, it has still been a “unique pleasure working closely with” her. He added that he looks forward to “helping our Madison remain a welcoming community, rich with a diverse mixture of residents and businesses.”

As for Debbie, she hasn’t spoken to media or issued any comment, though she has had the good sense to set her Facebook profile to private.

Related: ABC canceled her favorite Tim Allen show, so she went on a homophobic Facebook rant. Makes sense.

h/t: The Tennessean

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50 Comments

  • mattachinepodcast

    She should have been fired for her atrocious grammar and spelling…

  • ChrisK

    What a dumbass too boot. Makes you wonder how someone so stupid gets to be an executive director in the first place. It’s basically a PR job.

    • Sluggo2007

      Haven’t you ever noticed that upper management is never as intelligent as the employees that work for them? They get where they are by kissing ass.

  • Xzamilloh

    Eh… she’ll go on Fox News, crying about how oppressed she is, and then get a column on Breitbart for a few months before being forgot about lol

    • RoughRugger

      Even Faux & Breitbart require writers to use proper spelling, grammar, & punctuation…

    • archienotbunker

      She’s a 45 supporter. Functional illiteracy comes is virtually a prerequisite.

  • Curtispsf

    I support free speech and I absolutely support the right (and ability) of people like Mark7thh to make a total arsehole of themselves by spouting intolerance and bigotry. Way to go, troll. Makes me wonder just exactly WHAT in the world you are doing reading a QUEER zine? Closets are for clothes-minded people and, as anyone who has ever seen a horror flick knows, they don’t make great hiding places.
    You on the down/low…don’t you know? It’s all gonna show.

    • greybat

      He gets paid $1.40 everytime someone Replies directly to his Posts. Which is why i never Reply directly to Trolls.
      It’s to vamp up Advertising Revenue, apparently.

  • Mr-DJ

    She says, “Maybe we should scream, riot, wine….”.
    Methinks she was pretty heavy on that “wine” part….

  • dm10003

    Not only is Tim not anti gay but has talked about prison bj’s in earlier standup routines.

  • Captain Obvious

    I was pretty saddened to find out Tim Allen was a nut job. I pretty much grew up watching him on tv.

    His disgusting opinions on anyone who isn’t a white, straight, male are pretty much par for the course. Generic white privilege. Nothing new or interesting. Last Man Standing was pretty horrifying the one episode I bothered to try and watch.

    • Sluggo2007

      Tim Allen has always include references to gay blow jobs in his stand-up routines. I’m sure he speaks from experience.

    • radiooutmike

      Well he was in prison for cocaine.

    • socaldesign

      and in those routines he talks about it more as a bro job. Like, who’s better to give you a bj than someone who knows how it feels. The routines I watched never seemed homophobic.

  • scottjamesmiller

    Title begins with “Lady”. Really?

  • Liam

    Unfortunately, she’ll get hired by some Right Wing Xtian nutters who’ll use her to talk lies about Gays.

  • John

    While her tirade was over the top and not expressed calmly and intelligently she should not be bullied, hated or criticized for having an opposing opinion. I have noticed that the left shutting down the rights of free speech based on opposing viewpoints seems to be status quo. While I may not agree with those opinions those who have them have the same rights to express them as I have to express mine. Not knowing someone elses education, experiences or ideas or background they have different viewpoints and if we expect them to listen to our viewpoints then we have to open our minds to their views also. (I enjoyed “Last Man Standing” the few episodes I saw.)

    • archienotbunker

      I don’t have to tolerate intolerance and bigotry.

    • Raymond

      She brought this upon herself. The LGBTQI+ community had nothing to do with the canceling of her favorite show. The lives of the LGBTQI+ community had nothing to do with the show. So, her ranting had only to do with here hatred of the LGBTQI+ community.

      So blaming the LGBTQI+ community for her being fired is a fiction of her imagination and yours.

    • oz1967

      what about the decades of TV comedy where LGBT were never represented or talked about? even Home Improvement which is what Allen has re-wrapped as last man standing was on for 8 gay free years and a show I liked the real o’neals was canned too, so she has no room to bitch it was the gay mafia at work. As far as free speech? yeah sure be pissed that your show was canned but dont blame others for lack of viewers and in the in end a corporate decision.

    • DCguy

      Remember, you can always spot the Anti-lgbt bigoted troll because they try to hide bigotry and racism by calling them “A different opinion”

      Yes, there opinion is people like us shouldn’t be allowed to exist, and our opinion is that we should.

      Rapists have a “Difference of Opinion” than their victims. Does that mean that their victims are “Bullies” for not agreeing to be raped?

      She is a hateful bully, and is a representative for an organization reprepresenting hundreds of businesses. She messed with their business and got fired. The same people that say this woman shouldn’t be fired, defend anti-lgbt businesses for firing lgbt people.

      Nice try.

  • peetreeetr

    So much for free speech, you bunch of bigots.

    • Raymond

      Your comment is almost as infantile as your username.

    • DCguy

      She has free speech. She stated her opinion. The group she works for then stated their opinion, which was “You’re fired you bigot”.

      What you anti-lgbt trolls want is a world where bigots get to attack us and claims it’s free speech, and nobody has the free speech right to disagree with them.

      Nice try bigot.

  • archienotbunker

    This cow.

    Piggybacking on RoughRugger’s comments above, Metro Nashville is pretty darn blue. Madison, in particular, is extremely diverse – most of Debbie’s ilk fled to Sumner County (the reddest county in Tennessee, which is right next to Madison) once the brown people started showing up, so I was surprised to hear that someone of her…views lived in Madison. But? She actually DOESN’T. So no surprise there.

    People have been braying about free speech, differences in opinions, etc. That’s all well and good, but 1) free speech has consequences – don’t expect to spout of bigotry without being called out/fired/whatever; and 2) when your speech insults a group of people to the point of demeaning their dignity and very existence, you have gone beyond a “difference of opinion”, and it doesn’t have to be tolerated. Liking different furniture styles is a difference of opinion; ranting and raving about an entire demographic is entirely another. I don’t WANT to hear their “opinions”, because they aren’t even worth debate or discussion and need to be shut down. This isn’t about furniture, it’s about OUR LIVES. I will not tolerate intolerance and reprehensible (and unprofessional in a business setting) behavior from these basic bigots.

    She got what she deserves, although she’ll get a bigot boost – a mega-church lecture circuit or some such nonsense.

  • gayjim1969

    Conservatives love to bandy around the term “snowflakes” for liberals or (really) anyone who they feel lets emotions rule their logic; although, I have found that they overuse it so often that it has come to mean anyone who disagrees with them.

    This woman personifies the kind of knee-jerk reactions that I have found if rife on the internet lately; instead of bothering to do research, people either assume too much or they fall back on their favorite news source–ones that feed into their preconceived ideas.

    Networks don’t cancel shows unless they are hemorrhaging viewers. The demographics were off this season: http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/last-man-standing-season-six-ratings/

    The all-important demographic, 18-49 year-olds was down 5.11% from last year, and 4.99% overall.
    (From 6.74 million down last season, to 6.059 million viewers this season.) While that’s third place on Friday night, it’s not stellar. As even conservatives have said on the site–“no one has been calling for the show’s cancellation, so what’s going on?” They probably have another show in the works that they want to put in its place.

  • alanballs

    Heterosexuals have made a mess of the world. (first time) Divorce rates, at 50%+. 2.5 MILLION homeless children in the USA, thrown away like garbage by hateful, irresponsible, stupid heterosexuals. Violence of all types, child abuse, spousal abuse, murders, thefts…. committed mostly by heterosexuals. Obesity, diseases of all types, ugliness and bad taste (:)) spread mostly by heterosexuals. Uneducated R3d N3cks, predominately heterosexuals. Heterosexuals may be able to ‘procreate’ but they’ve certainly made a mess of the world.

  • argleflarglebargle

    Yeah sure, it’s cancelled cos he’s conservative… I mean, it couldn’t be because his show lost half it’s viewers (from 13 million to 6 million) and was getting more of a toxic commodity after Tim Allen’s infamous comparison of being a conservative to being a jew in Nazi Germany, no it was because of politics and not business… idiot. No wonder she was fired.

  • juanguruiz

    In 2017 ANY type of hate should not be allowed. LGBTT or any other group.

  • aidanbh

    I don’t think that we should be quite so hard on Debbie Massey. In one way, she is quite right. I, too, think that “we should scream and wine”. As long as it is a good vintage, from a respectable vineyard, the more, the better, I say.

    • greybat

      Make mine Screamers and Rossi on the Rocks!

  • flexdoc

    I believe the two words, suburban Tennessee , were the only explanation needed.

    • archienotbunker

      Madison is part of metro Nashville, which is decidedly liberal. Tennessee, on the other hand, is run by sociopaths.

      I’ll give you Tennessee overall, but Nashville is not part of that insanity.

  • Cbradleyactor

    Two things she doesn’t appear to understand. 1. Free speech is about the government, not about private corporations like television networks.

    2. A show can have high ratings but if advertisers won’t pay for whatever market the show appeals to, it gets cancelled. It’s that “free market,” the one they’re always foaming at the mouth to protect, in action.

  • linniejr

    I’m wondering if this woman thought that it was ok for ABC to push these racist, sexist, homophobic and other conservative ideals down my throat? She should have been fired. And last but not least, If I start boycotting the businesses that advertise on these channels, some changes are going to take place.

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