Meteorologist Marshall McPeek opened up the conference for the The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) by insulting those in attendance.
McPeek started off bad when he said:
Ladies and gentlemen, things and its.
He later came back on stage and apologized but the damage was done.
The NLGJA issued the following statement:
Last night NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists celebrated the closing of its national convention in Palm Springs. During the closing reception, Marshall McPeek, a volunteer emcee, made an inappropriate, unscripted remark that does not reflect our values. He returned to the stage and apologized.
We've worked hard for many years to make NLGJA an inclusive organization for transgender and nonbinary journalists. People were understandably hurt and offended by last night's remarks. As journalists, we understand uniquely that words matter. We apologize and are committed to working to make NLGJA more inclusive and diverse.
McPeek is the chief meteorologist at two stations in Columbus, WSYX and WTTE. General manager for NBC, Tony D'Angelo, issued a statement on the controversy, saying:
Marshall's comments in no way reflect the values of Sinclair Broadcast Group. We are an inclusive workplace that prides itself on all employees feeling comfortable and welcome. Sinclair has supported the important work of NLGJA and its member journalists and we were saddened by his comments.
As an openly gay man, McPeek said on his website he was a lifetime member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Since the controversy, NLGJA announced that he had voluntarily resigned his membership.
A tweet from writer Mary Emily called attention to the inappropriate comment.
Fox News is hosting the closing reception at #NLGJA2018 and one of these emcees just welcomed the “Ladies and gentl… https://t.co/bCb9H8CRDq— Mary Emily O'Hara (@Mary Emily O'Hara)1536462087.0
And shout out to @TransGriot, who immediately yelled “oh no he did not” and “there are no Things or Its here” at the stage— Mary Emily O'Hara (@Mary Emily O'Hara)1536525576.0
She later kept people updated on events.
FYI if you’re following the NLGJA issue today, please note that Marshall McPeek has apologized for his comments at… https://t.co/kznqys5w3M— Mary Emily O'Hara (@Mary Emily O'Hara)1536523383.0
Update: the emcee later apologized, and today has resigned his membership in NLGJA. https://t.co/K7DVidvsUa— Mary Emily O'Hara (@Mary Emily O'Hara)1536515410.0
Update: the emcee who joked about #NLGJA2018 attendees being “things and its” apologized and resigned from the asso… https://t.co/WEevooAeAE— Mary Emily O'Hara (@Mary Emily O'Hara)1536515370.0
Regardless of the apology and resignation from the organization, people were not about to forgive and forget.
@wsyx6 What are you going to do about Marshall McPeek and his clearly transphobic comments made at the National Les… https://t.co/qFm7cIWt1i— Alexis_Rueal (@Alexis_Rueal)1536587260.0
#WSYX Marshall McPeek’s comments of calling #Trans folks as “ things and it’s” in Palm Springs is a disgrace. I’m a… https://t.co/fCHpyK1xbG— Keith Kowis (@Keith Kowis)1536691911.0
@nbc4i Marshal McPeek’s statement is reprehensible. At a reception sponsored by Fox News, Ohio-based meteorologi… https://t.co/K7fwWq3tEw— Scottyephd 🏳️🌈 (@Scottyephd 🏳️🌈)1536690545.0
Marshall McPeek, chief meteorologist for Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned Fox 28 and ABC 6 in Columbus, Ohio must be… https://t.co/6MF4tQwyIP— Honey West (@Honey West)1536671393.0
People were not willing to let this go.
@adamgreeney Here's his tag, if anybody wants to unleash hell: @MarshallMcPeek What an ignorant piece of shit.— Tabby (@Tabby)1536670814.0
Nobody is a "thing." Marshall McPeek tried to strip people of their humanity. This should infuriate and disgust us… https://t.co/SiCfRTxJuE— Joe Madison (@Joe Madison)1536661020.0
@wsyx6 why does homophobe Marshall McPeek still work for you?— Bippsworld (@Bippsworld)1536640253.0
@SecularStudents @ABC @FoxNews @MarshallMcPeek And you, Marshall McPeek, are an azz.— Think Time (@Think Time)1536639778.0
@wsyx6 should FIRE @MarshallMcPeek for such horrible comments made as he emceed an event in Palm Springs! So disres… https://t.co/VXnqbS8Z2f— VoteBlueOh (@VoteBlueOh)1536632477.0
It appears McPeek seems to have taken a hiatus from social media.