The Craziest Crap Marion Barry Has Said Over the Years


Crazypants former D.C. mayor and current City Council member Marion Barry, who exactly five seconds ago was believed to be an ardent advocate of gay rights, threw all that good will into the smelter yesterday when he joined Bishop Harry “Armageddon” Jackson in a public protest against D.C.’s decision to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. You know, the piece of legislation Barry co-sponsored, but now says he never supported? Barry, who says he still believes in civil unions, rallied the crowd by chanting “Say no to same sex marriage in DC!” And that was after he declared, “I am a politician who’s moral.” But for all the headlines Barry’s soundbite-ready speech is making, remember: This is not the craziest shit Barry has ever said.

Let’s revisit some of the crazier speech bubbles from Barry, who, according to a reader, is telling anti-gay groups to “jam the council chamber” on May 5.

• “The laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law of gravity is racist.”

• “I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where’s Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less.”

• “The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice.”

• “There are two kinds of truth. There are real truths, and there are made up truths.”

• “What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?”

• “I am a great mayor; I am an upstanding Christian man; I am an intelligent man; I am a deeply educated man; I am a humble man.”

• “Outside of the killings, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”

• “What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?”

• “I am making this trip to Africa because Washington is an international city, just like Tokyo, Nigeria or Israel. As mayor, I am an international symbol. Can you deny that to Africa?”

• And of course, his most infamous: “Goddamn bitch set me up!”


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