GOP Candidate Michele Bachmann Latest Victim of GLITTERBOMB

Michele Bachmann, mutual enemy of the gays and GOP presidential candidate, was leaving the stage after giving a speech at the RightOnline conference, a conservative media convention in Minneapolis when, like the great American heroes Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty before her, Bachmann was attacked with glitter! Oh, the humanity!

Minneapolis gay-rights activist and lawyer Rachel E.B. Lang approached Bachmann after the representative’s speech and hurled glitter at her from a small container. As security escorted her away, Lang yelled, “You can run, but you can’t hide,” in reference to Bachmann’s ties to “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” youth ministry, which is pushing for a same-sex marriage ban and for church-things to be hip among teenagers who would rather be smoking weed.

Here’s a video of Glitter Armageddon ’11:

GetEqual later released a statement, in which Lang said,

“My response to Michele Bachmann’s hateful and anti-gay rhetoric was light-hearted, but these issues are very serious… Bachmann’s support of groups like You Can Run But You Cannot Hide show exactly how extremist she is — she in no way represents the values of Minnesota and certainly does not represent the values of America.”

Bachmann is about as right-wing as it gets when it comes to LGBT rights. She isn’t just anti-gay and -women’s rights; she believes that being gay is “part of Satan” and that Planned Parenthood is “the Lenscrafters of abortion.” Her serious candidacy hurts my feelings, so I’m glad that she became the third GOP presidential candidate to “suffer a glitter attack.”

I hope they keep letting hippies into these events and that Sarah Palin is next.

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    I feel like more glitter and waiting until she got off the stage would have been more visually effective. And that shaking little screech of, “You can run bu you can’t hide!” as she was being man-handled away was underwhelming.

    I get the point of all this. And I commend her and think she has a lot of guts to try that. But I feel like it doesn’t make the positive impact she had intended.

    One glitter-tossing activist at a pro-Bachmann event isn’t going to shame that terrible woman. She doesn’t view gays as human enough to feel shamed by them. It might even result in strengthening her resolve that she’s right. And the media will inevitably spin it to make the activist look crazy.

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    am i the only one who giggles a bit when i hear “Lenscrafters of abortion”? it’s just such a funny phrase to think of. its obvs wrong, but like why not walmart or something? why choose Lenscrafters? it makes me chuckle.

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    Let’s arrange an event in which Michele Bachmann’s speech is attended only by butch homos. Like tell everyone else that it is cancelled, and she looks out into the crowd and it is a few hundred of us.

    I personally would not waste my time at such an event, but I’m just saying.

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