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Spoof Todd Akin article that claims ‘homosexuality can be cured by breastfeeding’ outrages Twitter

Christopher Brocklebank August 28, 2012

An article on satirical American website The Daily Currant which claimed that a Republican senate nominee suggested breast milk could cure homosexuality has outraged thousands on Twitter, despite its being a spoof.

Todd Akin, the article said, “has stoked more outrage today by claiming that male homosexuality is a disease and that the medical establishment has found the cure . . . four weeks of live breastfeeding.”

It’s not a complete surprise that this was taken as gospel, given Akin’s (actual) comments last week to a radio station that there was such a thing as “legitimate rape” through which a woman could not become pregnant because “the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.”

In the wake of the ensuing controversy that followed this comment, Akins’ 11-point lead in the polls turned into a 10-point deficit and his chances at winning the seat have been written off by many.

The Daily Currant article – which essentially has Akin approach the subject of homosexuality in the same spirit he did the issue of rape – fooled many readers.

Twitter comments included: “Can we put him in an asylum?”; “No, this is not a story from The Onion”; “Can we demand an IQ test for elected officials?” and “Really? People like this dude get elected in America?”

The article said: “The congressman really hit his stride when discussing homosexuality.

“This may surprise you Jeff, but I don’t think homosexuality is a choice. We evangelicals, we know that it’s a disease. But the good news is – we have the cure.

“We now know how to purge men of sin and put them on a path towards god. Why can’t every gay man in America have that knowledge?

“Just 4 weeks of live breastfeeding can cure them of their terrible suffering. Why aren’t we talking about this?”

Then: “Lesbians can be cured by drinking something else,” Akin replied. “I’ll leave that one to your imagination.”

The Daily Currant is an online satirical magazine. They say: “Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues though satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.”

More: Americas, Daily Currant, Todd Akin, US, US Election 2012

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