“My heartbeat go [sic] up every time I go to the Internet,” he told the Maricopa Monitor in an interview. “I think ‘is this the time, is this the time?’”
That was Tuesday afternoon. To understand just what Farrell is talking about, we need to go back to 8 a.m. last Monday.
It all started when the vice mayor praised the late Fred Phelps on his Facebook page after being misled by an article published by The Onion titled Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84.
“We need more Fred Phelps in this world. May you rest in peace sir,” Farrell wrote on his Facebook wall Monday morning.
Within seconds, someone asked if he was kidding. He replied:
“No, I’m not kidding! This world needs to get back to the biblical standards that our God made for us. This guy was not afraid to preach it, and I respect that.”
More and more people asked Farrell what the hell he was talking about.
“I am just having a hard time with all of this gay and lesbian rights thing,” he wrote. “It has never been an issue until these kind of people made it an issue.”
He then went on to detail a bizarre experience at a Washington D.C. health club, where he claims a male employee crept in and took pictures of him in the shower with his cellphone. “What in the heck makes these people think that they are so entitled?” Farrell asked. “Yes, he was fired immediately! I don’t get it? It’s sick!”
In an interview with Maricopa Monitor, Farrell says he was confused about who Fred Phelps was. Initially, he claims he thought Phelps was a Kansas-based minister, not the hate monger responsible for protesting U.S. soldiers’ funerals.
“I had no idea who this Phelps guy was, I had no idea about the publication the Onion,” he explained. “I was just simply scrolling down my news feed and saw this article.”
“I had no clue about this guy; he’s an idiot,” he continued. “I can’t believe that I posted what I posted… Shame on me.”
And as for that whole nonconsensual shower photo shoot, evidently it haunts him to this day.
“I have nightmares about me seeing my naked body on the Internet,” Farrell told the Monitor. “My heartbeat go up every time I go to the Internet, I think ‘is this the time, is this the time?’ It scares the crap out of me.”
It scares the crap out of us, too. But for entirely different reasons.