Minneapolis Newscaster Drops ’F-Bomb’ During Gay Pride Segment
"Four years and they couldn’t get me on the KSTP blooper reel. I guess they’ve got me now" quipped Bill Lunn, a newscaster for KSTP, ABC’s affiliate news station in Minneapolis, after he made a huge faux pas by accidentally dropping that three letter "f-bomb" while introducing a segment on the Minneapolis Gay Pride Parade.
The newscaster opened up with, "I pledge allegiance to the flag..." but had an apparent slip of the tongue, and instead of "flag" he said, "fag," just as footage of the Pride Parade appeared across the screen.
Soon after the incident, the Twitterverser was ablaze with viewers calling out his mispronunciation.
"Terribly sorry. I feel awful about it. I stumbled over the word flag, and quickly corrected myself. Please forgive me," he wrote to one user. "I certainly did not mean to say it. I stumbled over the word flag. I feel horribly it happened, but it was a simple mistake," Lunn said to another.
After replying to a slew of tweets, Lunn offered an official apology by tweeting, "I want to sincerely apologize for stumbling over the word flag on Tuesday’s late newscast. What came out of my mouth was a word I never use. While I quickly corrected myself, I take responsibility for what I say. It was a stumble, nothing more. I celebrate the diversity of our great state and am horrified that I may have offended people. I humbly ask for your forgiveness."
In August, Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Watch the clip, titled "News Anchor Freidun Slip," of Lunn’s slip up below: