Allen West Says Comments About Gays and Ice Cream Were "Taken Out Of Context" -- Really?

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In a meeting with the Sun-Sentinel's editorial board Tuesday, Rep. Allen West compared being gay to liking chocolate chip ice cream or riding scooters.

It's part of his belief that being gay is a "behavior," and he has frequently said that people "can change their behavior" but that he can't change something like his skin color.

Now, a local TV station says West told them his comments about gays and ice cream were "taken out of context."

We'll give you the context -- and the video, if it's that confusing -- and you can decide whether his comments were really "taken out of context."

Should gay people change their behavior and not be gay?

"Oh, Tony, come on -- no, I don't think that. You know, I like chocolate chip ice cream, and I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream. 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.

Here's the link to the video.

Now, you decide -- were West's comments "taken out of context"?

Cast your vote below:



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Sachitanoisanidiot
Sachitanoisanidiot

TV reporter’s advice to GOP candidate West draws heatby George Bennett | May 14th, 2010 A WPTV Channel 5 reporter’s advice to Republican congressional candidate Allen West on his TV appearances has been deemed “inconsistent” with station policy and drawn fire from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. Klein supporters were alarmed recently when they saw a YouTube video of an event in which West introduced WPTV reporter Angela Sachitano and said she “does our media relations.”Sachitano has no formal role with the West campaign, but she and her husband are friends with the candidate, West campaign manager Josh Grodin said. West said in an e-mail that Sachitano “provides me insights into how to improve my media appearance/presence and conduct of interviews.”Sachitano has covered a handful of stories involving Klein and West, including a recent report on the political ramifications of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.When West opened his campaign headquarters in Deerfield Beach last month, a video posted on YouTube showed him introducing a variety of campaign staffers and volunteers, including Sachitano.“Angela Sachitano, who does our media relations, has done such a great job in helping me to develop that presence, so that when I go on MSNBC, you notice I didn’t smile with those folks, because you have to know how to project the right type of presence, so Angela thank you,” West says in the clip.West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said later that Sachitano’s husband, a former Army captian, was an early volunteer on West’s losing 2008 campaign against Klein.Angela Sachitano wouldn’t comment and referred questions to WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan.Said Brogan: “Through her husband Angela has a personal friendship with Allen West. While we have reason to believe that relationship has negatively impacted her work as a journalist we did find her involvement with this campaign inconsistent with our policy. We’ve taken the appropriate action to address the situation.”Brogan’s statement didn’t elaborate on the “appropriate action.”Klein campaign spokeswoman Sarah Rothschild blasted West.“To have a high profile member of the media personally advising Allen West, while that individual is also simultaneously reporting on the campaign, is beyond what is acceptable. Of course, unethical behavior from Allen West and his campaign is becoming the norm. South Florida residents deserve fair and unbiased coverage of the news and West is trying to undermine that.”

SoCalGuy
SoCalGuy

It seems to me that stating an opinion - viz. whether or not sexuality is a behavior - is not cause for public outcry. It is not a catastrophic event that he says sexuality is a behavior.

If I said alcoholism is a behavior, most who understand that alcoholism is an addiction and therefore falls under the umbrella of "addictive behavior" would not have a problem with my statement. Homosexuality, like heterosexuality, is a sexual behavior. For those lacking a valid definition for behavior, see http://dictionary.reference.co... and note that one of the definitions is an observable activity.

Ye gods, ignorance hurts some days.

Diogenes6670
Diogenes6670

All that is needed for Allen West to be defeated in 2012 is to leave him alone.  He will, without doubt, self-destruct. 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Seems that a not so well thought out thought is often explained as out of context in hindsight. Happens to Westy quite often. I see a pattern.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

How is it that these commentators still think this is a "hit job" on West?  All that is being done is showing EXACTLY WHAT THIS MEGALOMANIAC SAID!I use caps since tea baggers cannot seem to read normal text.

Pedro
Pedro

Another day, another Allen West Hit Job *yawn*

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

You know you have to feel sorry for the Democrats. They could not run a decent alternative  candidate or a campaign against West- and now they are stuck with him. Me? I just sat this one out....The teabagers are too extreme, and the Dems are becoming socialists...Republicans are now the centrists..go figure.

Observer145
Observer145

Patrick Murphy will win the next election.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Pick the Centrist Republican:

A.) Sarah PalinB.) Michele BachmannC.) Rick PerryD.) Ron PaulE.) Rick Frothy Mixture of Lube and Fecal Matter that is Sometimes the Byproduct of Anal SexF.) Rent is Too Damned High GuyG.) None of the above.

Billy_Delions
Billy_Delions

If you don't vote, you ARE the problem. An electorate who doesn't pariticipate in the process has no one to blame but themselves.

Pedro
Pedro

Successful people worry about themselves. Losers bash others.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

BTW E suggests you have been reading those copious emails and texts....

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

I dunno MC. I think the socialist agenda espoused not too surreptitiously by the Dems, are forcing some folks to lurch to the other side....

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Hmm MC, I thought all those folks were Tea Party members...I was thinking more along the lines of McCain and Romney.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Maybe Billy... I voted inthe other races 'cept for School Board...just could not support West or Klein tho...

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

And so shall ye be damned to Hell.  Or Margate.  Whichever comes first.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Successful people are usually able to detect sarcasm.

"Don't" vote for Pedro.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Pedro reads the New Times.  It follows that Pedro is:

A.) GayB.) UnemployedC.) A studentD. An unemployed gay student

Pedro
Pedro

I'm actually calling you a loser. Because you don't seem to have anything to do with your life other than bashing other people. I guess if I were a lowly blogger for a voice rag I might have an inferiority complex too.

What you miss is that the majority of people in this area agree with West. And only gays, the unemployed and students read New Times. So it's just like a bunch of fat chicks in the cafeteria making fun of everyone else. You just seem pathetic.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

I wouldn't call Allen West a loser, but I could see how you might feel inclined to.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

I know that "pink pistol"...and it seems to many folks that the Dems are advocating in a not too subtle manner exactly that..riling up the have-nots....hey, don't shoot the messenger....

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Socialism (pronounced /ˈsoʊ̯ʃəɫɪzm̩/) is an economic system in which the means of production are publicly or commonly owned and controlled cooperatively, or a political philosophy advocating such a system.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Only those that lack basic understanding of the word "socialism."

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

With the possible exception of Sarah Palin, they're all running for the Republican nomination.  Not to mention the fact that they were all card-carrying Republicans before the Tea Party in its modern incarnation even existed. The "Tea Party" candidates have just pandered to that cesspool of dimwits for their votes. Go figure.

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