Allen West Compares Being Gay to Liking Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Riding Scooters

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If you like scooters, you may need to change your behavior.
Folks, we simply cannot make up the stuff that comes out of Rep. Allen West's mouth.

In a meeting with the Sun-Sentinel's editorial board yesterday -- which was also recorded on video -- West talked about fixing the nation's debt problem, his vote to increase the debt ceiling, the credit rating downgrade, Islam, his spat with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and of course, the gays.

West verified his comment about not being able to change his race but gay people being able to "change their behavior," then furthered his argument by comparing being gay to liking ice cream or riding scooters.

"I like chocolate chip ice cream, and I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream," he said. "So there's no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my motorcycle. What do you want me to do? You want me to change my behavior and ride a scooter? I'm not into that."

West made another strange comment about "sexual behavior," implying that he's seen people from Atlanta who have easily overcome the wretched gayness.

"People can change their sexual behavior," West said. "And I've seen people do that. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, so I've seen a very different perspective on human behaviors. So that's where I'm coming from on that."

West did say he supported civil unions for gay couples but would not confirm whether the concept of gay marriage is real in other states -- asked in reference to whether his brother-in-law, who was married to his partner in California, is actually "married."

"California gave them a marriage license?" he said. "Guess what? I'm not a judge; I'm not the justice of the peace. So if they're married, they're married, OK? Nothing I can do about it."

On the plus side, West did avoid name-calling and insults (for the most part) throughout the interview and said he doesn't oppose gay couples adopting children.

Now back to West's vacation with the rest of Congress.


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ewe ...
ewe ...

Great, if you want to change your sexual behavior then this gay man will be happy to sleep with you if and only if Allen West promises not to talk.  Say nothing and we will have a really good time babydoll.

bobc562
bobc562

I thought he'd be more into tutti frutti.

Joseph Dooley
Joseph Dooley

Matt Hendley is being dishonest. Sexuality is a behavior, is all West was saying. Gay people are not a distinct class like blacks or women.

David_in_Houston
David_in_Houston

If sexuality is a choice, then I'd like Mr. West to choose "vanilla" ice cream for one day. It is simply a choice, right? Then what's the problem, Allen? You can switch right back to "chocolate chip" the next day.

NickR
NickR

If gays can "change their behavior", let him change his behavior and give some head. He could also change his behavior and shut his fool mouth, but this is obviously beyond him.

Jess
Jess

This is truly frightening.   Does he even understand his position regarding any issues---his POLITICAL position, not sexual...which apparently can be changed and easily as his political ones...if only he knew what they were.  Wow!  Yes, "Washington" fix our problems while talking in circles!!!!!

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

West needs to install a muffler between his brain and his mouth,  or not.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Wow, this guy is way out there again.  Its just like what John Stewart said about Bauchman last night.  There is no need to put up weird pictures of them, just use their words to prove they are nuts.I wonder what his four gay friends think about this?

Carlos
Carlos

I think Mr West's point is the being gay is not a race or heritage; it's more like a religion. Even if you believe that you were born into it; it's ultimately a choice that is made.

Magenta
Magenta

The point is why the hell SHOULD gay people change their behavior to conform to what HE wants?

If someone says HE should change his behavior to no longer act on his heterosexual impulses and only have sex with men, should he do it, just because someone else tells him to?

Fredipuppy
Fredipuppy

That's no lady, that's Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Did I say last week that West has the potential to be a moderate? Oops, my bad.

This is one ignorant fucktard.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

"People can change their sexual behavior," West said.

It's true. In the last ten years, I changed from missionary to doggie style. My girlfriend walked by me in the kitchen the other day and I didn't recognize her until she grabbed a water from the bottom of the refrigerator.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

"People can change their sexual behavior. And I've seen people do that. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, so I've seen a very different perspective on human behaviors."

I'm not sure what West means by that. Is he saying Atlanta is a hotbed for bisexuality? Atlanta, is this true?

X
X

Oh my God this guy must be bisexual.  Liking an ice cream flavor is nothing like liking guys...

Jess
Jess

NOT...definitely NOT......people need to hear the ignorance to affect change!!!!!

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

He is not out there "again", he is out there "still". Now he has nailed himself to the wall. He can't and won't change, by his own declaration, so come election time 2012, if a new/improved Westy presents himself, don't fall for it.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

The only choice involved, is live in the closet or come out of the closet. Sexuality and gender preference doesn't come with an on/off switch.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

So West wasn't born straight, he just chose to be that way?  I wonder at what age he made that choice and what kinds of gay things he tried before ultimately choosing to go the straight route.

AJ Farrar
AJ Farrar

But he's already admitted in this quote that you shouldn't ask people to change their preferences. What he's saying is actually fairly liberal, you people just can't recognize that because he's a black Conservative, and you expect him to say something crazily ignorant. This quote is not actually ignorant, it makes complete sense.

--and since people seem to think a commenter's demographic determines their credibility, I'll say that I am a 20something extremely liberal black lesbian

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

In response to your question from yesterday Virgil, that would be a no.....

Jess
Jess

THAT is funny...I don't care who you are.  Well said Virgil.  You made me laugh out loud!

Vicki4422
Vicki4422

He is referring to gay people jumping on the bandwagon of the civil rights movement. He is comparing not being able to change his skin color but peoole can change their sexual preferences. Their fight is not the same as civil rights movement.

Ron Gunzburger
Ron Gunzburger

Chocolate Chip ice cream is just vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips in it ... so I think West is hinting he's bisexual.  ;-)

Jess
Jess

Wait I'm confused...I REALLY like vanilla ice cream.  Am I gay or straight?!  My parents are on pins and needles!

Oddball
Oddball

Sure it is!  It's all about licking the rounded tip and enjoying the creamy stuff...

Carlos
Carlos

To put this into terms that you can perhaps understand, you didn't make the choice one day to be a partisan dope. It's a lifetime of experiences with others cut from the same ilk. You could smarten up if you want; but you don't want to. Just don't try to claim that you were born into it. 

Have you ever tried to be a conservative? I highly doubt it.

AJ Farrar
AJ Farrar

No, he actually isn't. What he said is surprisingly progressive thinking, given his political affiliation. He said you can change your BEHAVIOR, not the inclination to like a certain gender of people. This is obviously true, as many undercover, closeted homosexuals have forced their way through heterosexual relationships. Basically what he's saying is that gays cannot compare themselves to blacks, because blacks cannot change a behavior and unblack themselves. Gay people can engage in heterosexual activity to conform, but he admits that their sexual preferences are ones that are innate and asking them to change that is unreasonable.

X
X

Vicki, I'm glad you have the ability to choose whether or not to like men or women (i.e. bisexual) but not everyone is like that.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Michael Jackson changed his skin color, but couldn't change his sexual preference. See how silly that logic is Vicky? Unless you are gay and an African/American, I will not consider you to be the source authority on civil rights comparison.

Fredftl
Fredftl

You just keep believing that it's a "preference" Vicki. When I learn that you're licking vaginas I'm might consider believing your point of view.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Umm, its been proven by a LOT of scientists.  Not to mention that it occurs rather often in other animals besides mankind.  They found the gene that goes into effect.  Though there is a thought that it is something that snaps on in an effort to try to control population growth.  But its there alright.Sorry right winger Luddites.  You lose again.

Pedro
Pedro

It's genetic. lol. Sure. All the gays need is 1 scientist at someone community college is some country run by a bunch of fags to do a "study' and it becomes settled science. It's why nobody takes them seriously. They aren't men enough to admit that it's a choice. They have to blame someone other than themselves; because that's what losers do. They don't take responsibility for their actions.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Hey, El Estupido:

It's genetic, you fucktard. People are born that way. In fact, scientists have already identified the gene pattern which runs in families.

Now, whether it is a genetic abnormality is another issue, but it is what it is, and only an ignorant douchebag would discriminate against gays--or worse-- suggest that they can change their genetic predisposition.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

When the well of facts run dry, go for the insults. Right Carlos?

nanook5
nanook5

that depends on your definition of conservative. as a so called conservative, have you ever tried to uphold the constitution's clear-cut guarantee for equality amongst all Americans? apparently not. asking people to smarten up to learn that discrimination is just the right thing to do...very classy.

Carlos
Carlos

I find it completely and totally humorous that you folks are so delusional that you are actually in denial that the gender you are born with had no meaning. The entire point of gender is for procreation, so if you're born a male your natural mating partner is a female. It's exactly what gender is.You don't have to be an "arbiter". You reject what is natural for your own selfish purposes. What "natural" is obvious to anyone whose judgement isn't clouded by self importance.

Chocolate Senior
Chocolate Senior

Which "conservative" do you mean?  The conservative who values individual freedoms and rights and recognizes the limited responsibilities of government, or the new conservative who believes in a theocratic state of ignorance and lack of tolerance, where the primary goal of government is to send out Social Security checks and make their Medicare cheaper..

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Have I ever tried to be a conservative?  Um, I once tried to be a Mormon, but apparently I have the wrong type of underwear.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Hey, Snark! Who made you the arbiter of what is natural and what is choice? What makes you an expert on the issue? You know what they say about opinions. 

Frankly, I think all you guys who protest so ferociously against "the gays" are dealing with your own latent issues.

AJ Farrar
AJ Farrar

What if she was a black lesbian, then her argument would make sense? Let's discuss the argument itself, not who it's coming from...

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