Really?">
4

Allen West Says Comments About Gays and Ice Cream Were "Taken Out Of Context" -- Really?

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

In a meeting with the Sun-Sentinel's editorial board Tuesday, Rep. Allen West compared being gay to liking chocolate chip ice cream or riding scooters.

It's part of his belief that being gay is a "behavior," and he has frequently said that people "can change their behavior" but that he can't change something like his skin color.

Now, a local TV station says West told them his comments about gays and ice cream were "taken out of context."

We'll give you the context -- and the video, if it's that confusing -- and you can decide whether his comments were really "taken out of context."

Should gay people change their behavior and not be gay?

"Oh, Tony, come on -- no, I don't think that. You know, I like chocolate chip ice cream, and I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream. So there's no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my motorcycle. What do you want me to do? You want me to change my behavior and ride a scooter? I'm not into that.

Here's the link to the video.

Now, you decide -- were West's comments "taken out of context"?

Cast your vote below:



Follow The Pulp on Facebook and on Twitter: @ThePulpBPB. Follow Matthew Hendley on Facebook.


Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.