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.
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On January 31, Todare Bennett, the bouncer at TC’s, a popular Houston drag bar, saw patron Michael Berry leave the club, hop into his SUV and ram it into Bennett’s car.
Normally that would just be a bad move coupled with some bad luck.
But Berry (right) is a popular right-wing talk show with an anti-gay, anti-minority agenda: He’s aligned with the Tea Party, hosts a local Fox News segment, has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor and even told listeners once that he hoped the Muslim prayer center being built near Ground Zero would be blown up. Back when he was a Houston city councilman running for mayor, he joined other local conservatives in bashing candidate Annise Parker for being a lesbian. (She won anyway.)
Back to the douchiness at hand: Outside TC’s that night, Bennett ran up to the SUV and clearly identified Berry as the driver, but the shock jock sped away from the scene of the crime. Surveillance cameras confirm that Berry had been at TC’s that night and the bar’s owner claims he’s something of a regular—despite being married to Indian lawyer Nandita Berry.
If you’re going to stand up and say anti-gay things and be conservative and be Mr. Good Guy, and then when something happens that points you out and puts you in a place with the exact business that you aim to shut down, it kind of makes it seem like [you’d think], ‘I need this to go away and I need it to go away quickly.’
To date Houston police haven’t filed charges and Berry hasn’t directly addressed the incident. He did say obliquely on his talk show: “I’ve always said that when you do what you do the way I do it, you make enemies.”
Right, it’s the vast gay conspiracy to accuse Michael Berry of being a closet-case hit-and-run driver at work!
All together now: What a douche!