Stephen Colbert has praised Herman
Cain's choice not to be gay.
During an appearance Tuesday on the ABC
daytime talk show The View, Cain
insisted that gay people choose their sexuality.
Cain agreed to a list of conservative
positions rattled off by co-host Joy Behar, including his opposition
to gay marriage, his belief that “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the
policy which ended on September 20 that banned gay and bisexual
troops from serving openly, should be reinstated, and his belief that
being gay is a choice.
“I don't think anybody in this world
wants to be gay considering all the vilification that is brought upon
someone who is gay. Why would you choose that?” Behar asked.
“Well, you show me the science that
says that it's not and I could be persuaded,” Cain responded, then
added, otherwise it's “just a difference of opinion.”
Colbert told his The
Colbert Report audience that he could remember the moment he
chose to be a straight, right handed, Caucasian male.
“I was watching President Nixon's
inauguration and I thought, 'I want to be like that guy.' And it was
not easy to come out to my left-handed Hispanic gay parents,”
Colbert said. “Lo siento mis padres.”
“Plus, if skin color isn't a choice,
how do you explain John Boehner?”
“Listen, choosing not to be gay was
not easy. Newsflash: Having sex with women is no picnic. OK, it is
an ugly, dirty business. First of all, everything's different down
there. This is a little warning: bring a manual.”
“The point is that Herman Cain is
telling us with this statement that every day he gets up and chooses
not to be gay,” Colbert added. “Who knows what will happen
tomorrow. Because I'll tell you, there is one guy out there Herman
Cain seems to have a crush on. It's Herman Cain.”