Each week, Queerty picks one blowhard, hypocrite, airhead, sanctimonious prick or other enemy of all that is queer to be the Douche of the Week. Have a nominee for DOTW? E-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, how the douche juices floweth when it comes to Florida Republican Congressman Allen Bernard West.
Endorsed by Sarah Palin, West was the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, is a member of the congressional Tea Party Caucus, and voted to extend the Patriot Act. What a gem!
Oh, and he hates the gays. Surprised? After learning that West was a confirmed speaker at the Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA) on August 8, many members of Florida’s LGBT community sent letters requesting his removal.
Earlier this week, a disinvited and grumpy West sent a letter on official Congressional stationary, calling the concerned community members “intolerable individuals.” A community in action, standing up for their rights is intolerable?
Please. Pad Thai in your underwear drawer is intolerable. There’s a difference.
Back in June, he fired an intern for retweeting a pro-gay tweet. The original post came from the Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic and read “Dear Tracy Morgan’s son: if you are gay, you can totallycome live with me. We’ll read James Baldwin & watch Paris is Burning. xxANA”
Shortly after, West tweeted, “Very sorry about the unauthorized RT. We were not hacked, an intern made an error. Apologies to all.” (Both tweets have since been deleted.)
But the moldy cherry on top that earned West the esteemed DOTW award was an incident at a speaking engagement in late July, when West bashed the repeal of DADT, saying “When you take the military and you tell it they must conform to the individual’s behavior, then it’s just a matter of time before you break down the military.” Asked how Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal was different from the racial integration of the military in the 1950s, West replied, “Let me explain something to you. I can’t change my color. People can change their behavior, but I can’t change my color.”
This guy should have lunch with Michele and Marcus Bachmann. They’d have so much to talk about.
All together now: “What a douche!”