In case you missed it the first time around, the right wing conspiracy website, “Mad World News,” has revived the claim that was started by Alex Jones and “InfoWars” last summer that Michelle Obama is actually a man. Or transgender. Or something like that. They don’t seem to be too sure.
A somewhat less than brilliant writer named Jan Omega starts her piece by referring to the claim that Barack Obama is gay, and is a member of a Chicago bathhouse. She (he? That’s a somewhat androgynous name you have there, Jan-ster) says that “fringe” websites have reported the claim before, but so did “Western Journalism.” So, in the eyes of Ms. Omega (I’m going with the notion that Jan is female, just to make things easy on me), that makes the claims more legit. For anyone not familiar, “Western Journalism” covers the entire political spectrum, from far right to ultra-whackadoodle-nutjobbery right, so I’m sure they’re an unbiased source.
Jan laments that the video of the investigation about the president’s sexuality has been deleted, and then offers this bit of journalistic brilliance about the possible reasons for said deletion:
First, the allegations were debunked. Second, the allegations are true and the powers at play did something about it. I am going with the latter, simply because Snopes would have reported said allegations to be fake if they were fake.
There’s a good reason for you. Ms. Omega would certainly make Woodward and Bernstein proud with her crack investigative work. “Not on Snopes? OK, must be true.” Or, maybe the good folks at Snopes are still rolling around on the floor, laughing so hard that they peed their pants, and they haven’t had time to post a ruling about this piece of dumb*ssishness.
In the normal world, when someone thinks that something might exist, but they can find no proof of it, that person usually goes, “Well, I guess I was wrong, since I can’t find any evidence that my belief was correct.” But, in the nut job right wing anti-Obama world, absence of evidence means, of course, only one thing: “ah-HA! They hid/destroyed the evidence!”
The “Proof” That Michelle Obama Is A Man
OK, are you ready for this? Part of Jan’s “proof” that Michelle Obama is actually a man comes from a speech the president gave where he supposedly referred to his wife as “Michael.” Well, that’s it. They certainly have the goods on him now!
Omega does say that perhaps the president was talking about some other Michael. That shouldn’t be too hard to figure out, since he was addressing Admiral Mullin, whose first name is. . . Michael. But, in right wing bizzaro-world, a verbal faux pas translates into proof that the president is gay, and Michelle is really Michael. Because, you know, he couldn’t have possibly juxtaposed the admiral’s name with his wife’s or anything, could he?
But wait, there’s more! Omega references the work of Matthew B. Glosser, writing at “Christwire.” Omega somehow managed to miss that “Christwire” is a satire site. New York Magazine outed the site in 2010. But Jan Omega apparently thinks it’s real. (And it appears that Alex Jones and a few other assorted nut jobs believe that, as well.)
In the 2011 story cited by Omega, Glosser claims that an unnamed “former White House staffer” told him that Michelle Obama was born “Michael LaVaughn Robinson.” The story goes on to claim that her father was a “union thug” and her mother a “street prostitute.” But what really makes you question whether Jan Omega is playing with a full deck is that the “Christwire” story that she quotes from extensively features a photo of Michael Robinson, supposedly when “he” played football for Oregon State.
That photo, created at the site yearbookyourself.com, is so pathetically bad that it is hard to believe any breathing human being would think that it is real. But, apparently Jan Omega does.
By now you’re probably going, “Wait. Maybe Jan Omega is writing satire, too?” That was my first suspicion. But, the site “Real Or Satire?” says that “Mad World News” is real. There’s nothing else available that says that it is satire, nor does it appear to be when you browse the stories on the site.
Absolute Proof That Michelle Obama Is Exactly Who She Says She Is
All of the speculation about Barack Obama’s sexuality, and Michelle Obama’s gender, can be put to rest very quickly and simply, as I am about to do.
Barack and Michelle Obama live with two teenage girls. Have you ever known a teenager to be able to keep a secret about anything?