Morley Safer’s Stinging Emails–Invoking Nudists, Transsexuals in Gender Equality Dispute–Ruffle Feathers at New York’s Exclusive Century Club

Feb 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A messy dispute recently took place among members of the exclusive Century Association in New York, with prominent member Morley Safer, a longtime correspondent for CBS’s "60 Minutes," issuing particularly harsh comments, The New York Times reports.

Members of the club were debating whether to sever ties with an all-male club in London, with many of the New York club’s members arguing that the British club’s policy is chauvinistic. Safer, however, opposed ending the relationship and expressed his opinion in emails to many of the Century Association’s members, who include Meryl Streep and Henry Kissinger, the story says.

In one message, Safer wrote that all clubs discriminate through admission policies and dues, and went on to write, "What will be next? Disassociation with clubs that do not cater to vegans on their menus? Kosher dining rooms? Special facilities for nudists and transsexuals?"

Safer confirmed to The New York Times that he wrote the emails and said, "I am sorry this has become public."

The club voted in January to end its partnership with the British club, the story adds.

Safer reportedly also described a prominent female club member as “whining,” “self-pitying” and “vindictive.”


  1. Go Morley! It’s about time somebody stood up to the thought police.

  2. No problem with all-female clubs. Just the all-male clubs.

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