Marcus Bachmann Hopes ‘Silver Fox’ Isn’t Gay

Someone called Marcus Bachmann a ‘silver fox,’ a term he feared was ‘gay.’

Marcus Bachmann Hopes 'Silver Fox' Isn't Gay

The New Yorker today has a lengthy profile about presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

In addition to exploring the Republican’s biography, politics and that unfortunate John Wayne Gacy gaffe, the article also includes an amusing anecdote about Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, who runs a clinic that “cures” gay people and has been accused of being a closeted homosexual.

Here is that anecdote, in full, from Ryan Lizza’s article:

Marcus Bachmann plopped down on the seat next to me, in the back of the plane. He pointed at my laptop and asked if he could take a look.

“All I want to know is what they’re saying about me,” he said. “Newsweek came up with the word ‘silver fox.’ Tell me what ‘silver fox’ means.”

“Do you want me to tell you honestly?” I asked.

“Oh, don’t tell me it’s something gay!” he said. “Because I’ve been called that before.” Marcus is a psychologist who runs a clinic that employs people Michele described in 2006 as “Biblical world-view counselors,” who “reach out and try to bring the medicine of the Gospel to come and heal people.”

I explained that “silver fox” probably had more to do with the color of his hair.

“O.K., I can handle that,” he said. Tera, the assistant, assured him that it was a positive term.

“It’s better than Porky Pig,” Marcus said, with a laugh.

What I would like to know is who is calling Marcus Bachmann a “silver fox?” They’re clearly misusing the term.