Iowa Radio Host Praises Iran’s Ahmadinejad For Saying Gays Are “Ugly”

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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Earlier this week we reported on how Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared homosexuality was “ugly behavior” on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.

Well, it didn’t take long for one conservative radio host to give Ahmadineajad a virtual pat on the back: Right-wing talk-show host Jan Mickelson of Iowa’s WHO-AM 1040 not only agreed with the dictator’s statement, he lashed out at Morgan for “moral, intellectual bankruptcy” in bringing the subject up in the first place.

In the clip above, Mickelson plays a portion of the Ahmadinejad-Morgan exchange and then weighs in with his own pithy comments:

“I think it is absolutely fascinating that a moment of international tension—where literally nuclear exchanges could occur [and] incendiary comments about the legitimacy of countries and the roots of the legitimacy of Israel have been challenged… [and] what does CNN ask? “Hey, what if your kids are gay?”

That is a demonstration of the absolute moral, intellectual bankruptcy of Western, mainstream media and that particular journalist, [of] how values can be so topsy-turvy.

And the weird thing is, you know, on that exchange I’ve got to go with that Iranian fellow. Did I ever think I would be the position to actually agree with the potential-serial killing, nuclear-crazed [inaudible]. Talk about ironies. Anyway. Wow.

Media Matters reminds us that Mickelson’s cranked up the homophobia before—referring to the LGBT community as a “religious cult” and suggested that AIDS is God’s “invention” to “punish” gay men. (Clear Channel Communications was forced to issue an on-air apology after that last one.)

We could have picked Ahmadineajad as Douche of the Week, but honestly he’s in a whole other universe. Mickelson seems confused by the whole concept of allowing gay people to enjoy the American right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So here’s an easy cheat: If Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offers up an opinion, take the other side.

All together now: What a douche!


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