Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke about her sexuality after Chelsea Handler suggested she was gay.
Handler, 43, tweeted about the South Carolina senator, known for his conservative and Republican views, on Thursday, which was National Exit Day.
"If you're wondering why Republicans got sick today, it's probably because it's #NationalComingOutDay," he wrote. "Looking at @LindseyGrahamSC"
One day after the comedian's tweet, Graham, 63, responded to her comments, saying they did not reflect well on her.
"It's a free country, she can say whatever she wants to say, I do not care," he told a TMZ cameraman at the Reagan National Airport on Friday. "I do not think much about what she says at all, she wants to live her life that way, it depends on her."
When asked if she thought that Handler was comparing "homosexuality with being evil," or that he was homophobic, since some had criticized her for being a joke about someone who was gay, Graham pointed out that he was not gay.
"Number one, she knows zero about me, as long as it matters, I'm not gay," she explained. "And these comments … I do not think they reflect well on her and I do not know how she makes us better countries, but it depends on her, not on me."
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He also explained that making fun of others for the sake of comedy was unacceptable in the current era.
"I think we're moving from that," he said. "Belittling people is not as funny as they used to be, and that's a good thing."
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In response to Handler's tweet, many users commented that making fun of the LGBTQ community was offensive, regardless of joke intentions.
"Why is there a gulf in understanding this fact: being gay is not something that embarrasses or embarrasses someone," one user wrote. "It's amazing that, at this point, the people who seem to be the allies of our community still do not understand it."
"Constantly disappointed by the" allies "who turn LGBTQ identities into jugs and sources of malevolent shame" someone else wrote. "Over and over again."
"I think this" joke "is dated and wrong and it's also hurtful," added another user.
Others quickly took Handler's defense, claiming his intentions were not malicious.
"I do not think she's trying to embarrass him," a user explained. "There is no shame in being gay, although there is shame in hiding it, he needs to go out and be proud, do not hide it as if it were an illness, there is no excuse to hide that you are gay in today's society, unless you are a homophobe. "
"People need to take a pill for the cold," added another person. "She does this to make a living, she gets places full of gay people and jokes about them, I do not think any of them have been" offended "by these jokes before, as people are now.
This is not the first time that Handler has attacked the senator on social networks and has said he was gay.
Last January, the former presenter of a talk show. it implied that Graham was being blackmailed for his sexuality after President Donald Trump held a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform.
"Holy, f- f-. I just watched the bipartisan triumphant "reunion" video yesterday, "he wrote." Hey, @ LindseyGrahamSC, what kind of … video do they have on you to have 2 act like that? Would not it be more honorable to leave? "