I got this in the mail today from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Since I'd posted about Shalit's insulting remarks previously, I thought I'd post the follow-up.
GLAAD ALERT UPDATE
January 10, 2006
GLAAD Applauds Shalit's Response
Today show reviewer regrets Brokeback comment
On Jan. 5, Gene Shalit, in his review of "Brokeback Mountain" on NBC News' Today show, referred to the character of Jack as a "sexual predator" who "tracks Ennis down and coaxes him into sporadic trysts." Based on an outpouring of passionate emails and phone calls by Today show viewers angered and hurt by Mr. Shalit's assertion, GLAAD asked for an apology from NBC and Mr. Shalit for a comment that was certainly heard by many as defamatory.
On January 10, Mr. Shalit responded to GLAAD's request for an apology with a statement saying, "In describing the behavior of 'Jack' I used words ('sexual predator') that I now discover have angered, agitated, and hurt many people. I did not intend to use a word that many in the gay community consider incendiary. . . I certainly had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone in the gay community or on the community itself. I regret any emotional hurt that may have resulted from my review of 'Brokeback Mountain.'"
GLAAD thanks and applauds Mr. Shalit for clarifying his comments and making clear in his statement that his words were not intended to be defamatory to the LGBT community.