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    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:


    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.
    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.

    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?
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    I don't know. I'm thinking that most parents wouldn't want to do that to their kids if he didn't want to say it. I'm going to believe he wanted to tell her and just chickened out a little because of all the attention.

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    It certainly is likely that the boy believes what he says, but I also think he's being pushed to say it to Bachmann. The mom's stance when she says, "Don't you have something to say?" is a bit aggressive and makes me think that she told him to say it and it wasn't his idea. Additionally, they knew he was going to say it and were ready with a camera and quickly posted it to YouTube? Makes it much less significant, I think.

    Look at this other video that is posted on YouTube. It gives a little perspective on who this mom is.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31bxOQoRLrM

    Also, what the other woman has to say about it doesn't mean anything to me. She's filming her best friend's kid saying something controversial, so of course she'll try to put her friend in the best possible light.
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    I don't think an 8 year old would have any understanding of who Michelle Bachman is or what she stands for if he hadn't been fed that infomation by his mother, who I'm guessing has a slight bias on the subject. I don't see many 8 year olds watching the news or reading news articles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I don't think an 8 year old would have any understanding of who Michelle Bachman is or what she stands for if he hadn't been fed that infomation by his mother, who I'm guessing has a slight bias on the subject. I don't see many 8 year olds watching the news or reading news articles.
    True. But is teaching your kids what you believe or talking to them about current events really the same thing as using them to further your agenda? I was 8 years old when George HW Bush was elected into office, and I can remember that we had a little play election in my 3rd grade class and I voted for Bush. I remember feeling really disappointed in 1992 when Clinton was elected. Obviously, these were attitudes that I learned from my dad and that I later abandoned. I totally remember him talking to me about all sorts of conservative talking points when I was a kid, because that's what he believed in. And I don't think he was wrong to do it. Ineffective maybe () but not wrong. I can totally see this kid hearing that some of the candidates believe that gay people are sinful or need fixing, and his mom needing to talk to him about that, because that's his family they are talking about, and I'm sure it would raise questions about why people believe that about his mom. Ya know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I don't think an 8 year old would have any understanding of who Michelle Bachman is or what she stands for if he hadn't been fed that infomation by his mother, who I'm guessing has a slight bias on the subject. I don't see many 8 year olds watching the news or reading news articles.
    I have a 7-year-old. You're right that she doesn't watch the news or read the papers, but she's very curious and she's very protective towards her family. If we saw someone signing books at the mall, she'd absolutely ask me all kinds of questions about who it was & what they were about & why did they write a book & all that. And yes, I'd put my personal spin on my answers, just as I'm sure any parent would. I can totally see my child doing the same thing this boy did, wanting to say something in defense of his family, and I can also totally see myself offering her the encouragement to actually follow through with it. I think it's good for kids to face a bit of fear or rejection and still do what they feel is the right thing.
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    I can imagine an 8 years saying something like that spontaneously, but I don't think that is what happened here. The mom prompted him and they had a "videographer" ready. This was planned and probably scripted to a degree. I'm not saying the kid doesn't think that, but there is a huge difference between a child speaking from the heart and reciting a line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris_w View Post
    I can imagine an 8 years saying something like that spontaneously, but I don't think that is what happened here. The mom prompted him and they had a "videographer" ready. This was planned and probably scripted to a degree. I'm not saying the kid doesn't think that, but there is a huge difference between a child speaking from the heart and reciting a line.
    I disagree. I saw nothing scripted about it, I didn't see a mom doing anything except offering some encouragement, and it wasn't a "videographer," it was a friend who caught it on her cell phone. If I was with a friend at the mall, and that friend's child decided to walk up to Michelle Bachman & give her a piece of his mind, and I had the means to catch it on video, would I do it? As Sarah Palin would say, "You betcha!"
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