A Michigan mayor is being accused of making some rather disgusting remarks about Black people and older women. An audio recording of Warren mayor Jim Fouts leaked on Monday, and in it, the politician allegedly compares a Black woman and her daughter to chimpanzees. He also reportedly uses the n-word.
“Blacks do look like chimpanzees,” Fouts, or someone who sounds like him, says in one recording. “I was watching this black woman with her daughter and they looked like two chimps.”
The mayor eventually shifts focus to the subject of older women and his disdain for them. “Think I want to date a f*cking 60-year-old hag?” Fouts says. “F*ck that sh*t. I’m not interested in any old ugly hag. I think after a certain age they are dried up, washed up burned out.”
Fouts has already issued a firm denial, saying it’s definitely not his voice on the recording. The mayor claims a political opponent is trying to discredit him by publishing fraudulent recordings. Unfortunately, Fouts was recently fired from a local radio show he hosted over comments he made about disabled children.
“Retarded kids. I just find, I guess, I mean you see these people. What good are they? They’re dysfunctional human beings,” Fouts says. “They’re not even human beings … I don’t want any part of this. This is one of the worst parts of being mayor. This is bottom of the barrel, to relate to retarded people. I don’t want to be around them, and I wish them well in a cage.”
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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