Rep. Allen West Fires Intern for Pro-Gay Tweet
Tea Party favorite Palm Beach-area Rep. Allen West will not have his good name tarnished by any gay nonsense, no sir. The social conservative and staunch opponent of gay rights fired an intern after the poor kid retweeted a pro-gay message by the Scissor Sisters.
The odd incident was spurred by, of all people, Tracy Morgan. The 30 Rock actor pulled a Michael Richards of sorts by launching into an anti-gay tirade during a recent stand-up set and declared that he'd kill his own son if he found him in bed with another man. Morgan has since apologized, but the outrage continues to burn. Even his costar (and 30 Rock boss) Tina Fey took Morgan to task.
The Scissors Sisters -- a band led by openly gay Jake Shears that, if you're not familiar, carries itself with so much fierce homo-fabulousness that it makes Lady Gaga look like a frat boy -- tweeted a note of encouragement for Morgan's son.
Dear Tracy Morgan's son: if you are gay, you can TOTALLY come live with me. We'll read James Baldwin & watch Paris is Burning. xxANA
An unnamed intern apparently had access to West's Twitter account and retweeted the message. Why someone who has an appreciation for Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey was working for West in the first place, we're not quite sure.
The retweet was soon deleted and followed up with: "Very sorry about the unauthorized RT. We were not hacked, an intern made an error. Apologies to all." However, that tweet has also been deleted.
According to Roll Call, West then fired the intern. Incidents such as this one make us wonder just how long it will be until the voters of his district decide to fire West. It's a swing district, and West is one of the few politicians in Florida who actually makes Rick Scott look good.
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