Boy's Shy Challenge to Bachmann Goes Viral

Unfair ploy or just deserts for candidate?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2011 1:58 PM CST

(Newser) – The political viral video of the day stars Michele Bachmann and an 8-year-old boy whose mom is gay. He shyly goes up to her at a book signing and says in words hard to make out, "My mommy is gay, but she doesn't need any fixing." It has generated a storm of "Bachmann left speechless" or "Bachmann gets schooled by kid" headlines and blog posts, though Jon Bershad of Mediaite is a little uneasy about that. Bachmann may have shameful anti-gay views, he writes, but the video "very much looks like this boy is getting pushed into doing something he doesn’t want to do."

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His mother, in fact, has to prompt him twice, and Bachmann treats the boy sweetly. Other reactions:

  • Chicago Now: The woman who actually shot the video (not the mother) defends it: "I used to do ballet as a child, and before performances, I'd want to not do it—my mom pushed me to perform. Afterwards, I'd run to her and tell her how happy I was. How is this any different?"
  • Bachmann herself: "I think that it's shameless to put that little boy, in that situation," she told Glenn Beck, notes the Washington Examiner.
  • The Wrap: "Even so, for a woman who raised all those foster kids and whose husband 'fixes' homosexuals, you'd think she could muster a response," writes Lucas Shaw.
(Read more Michele Bachmann stories.)

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