Below you'll find the YouTube video likely to be making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere today.
In it, an eight-year-old boy confronts Michele Bachmann at a South Carolina book signing about her views on gays and lesbians. At the urging of his mother, the boy, identified only as Elijah, whispers to the GOP hopeful: "My mom is gay and she doesn't need fixing."
The clip, posted online by the boy's mother and picked up by Chicago Now, ends with the boy walking away and Bachmann with what can safely be described as a bit of a stunned look on her face. The Minnesota Republican didn't respond directly to the boy's comments, saying only "OK, bye-bye" after he begins to walk away.
The woman who filmed the clip (presumably a friend of the boy's mother) tells Chicago Now that -- despite what a large chunk of YouTube commenters suspect -- Elijah was the one who was adamant about confronting Bachmann, not his mother, who was in town for an Occupy Myrtle Beach event:
[INDENT]I was standing in line with Elijah and his mom. His mom was going to say something to her, but she got nervous and told me she wanted to leave. We were about to step out of the line but Elijah cried out, "Nooo!" He grabbed onto her coat and pulled her back in the line, saying he wanted to talk to her.[/INDENT]
[INDENT]When we got up to Michele, he got a little stage fright. His mom just didn't want him to not say it because he was afraid, because she knew he would regret it if he didn't. I used to do ballet as a child, and before performances, I'd want to no do it-- my mom pushed me to perform. Afterwards, I'd run to her and tell her how happy I was. How is this any different? If we were shown a video of a child before a school play, or a recital, being pushed to perform and not give into stage fright, would we get the same reaction? My gut says no.[/INDENT]
Click the link to see the video. So of course, the controversy is already raging about whether this is a brave little boy standing up for his mother, or if this is a case of parents using their kid to further their own agendas. After watching the video and reading the explanation posted by the woman who got this on tape, what do you think?