Early this morning something caught my eye that took me quite awhile to process. Anime Vice had reported that a state representative from New Hampshire named Nick Levasseur (D) had posted a comment to Facebook reading “anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn’t enough…..”
Now, at first I was kind of excited to be able to mix my passion for anime and my passion for politics together for a post. Especially when you think about just how big of a dumbass this statement actually makes this man sound like. But then I thought, nah… there’s no way that a member of the NH House of Representatives could actually be dumb enough to say something like this on a public forum like Facebook but it was there, confirmed by many other sites.
So I wrote to Rep. Levasseur and asked him directly if he wanted to comment on FacebookStatus-gate. In a reply sent this afternoon, Rep. Levasseur said the following:
I would like to deeply apologize for the insensitivity of this post. It was a poorly thought out comment, posted jest on my private facebook page. It was never intended to be viewed by anyone other than friends. This, of course, does not excuse the comment. This type of statement has no place in public or private discourse. It does not represent any true opinion, political or personal. My record in the New Hampshire House shows a commitment to equality and social justice. It is a record of which I am most proud. This comment is a disappointment not only to the people of New Hampshire, whom it has been my privilege to serve, but also to my own beliefs and moral code.
So in other words, you’re saying that it was a dumb joke and you’re sorry that you were overheard saying it on a public forum like Facebook? Are you sure you don’t want to try this one again sir?
Edited 3/27 to correct Levasseur’s position as member of NH House of Reps. Thanks to mortheil for pointing out the error!