Pat Robertson says weird stuff frequently, and a lot of publications (including this one) get a ton of traffic making fun of him. But it’s rare that the mainstream media sounds of on the controversial 700 Club televangelist. To get Anderson Cooper’s attention, for instance, you have to say something truly bizarre.
On Tuesday, Robertson claimed on his show that AIDS spread in San Francisco for a deliberate, sinister reason. Gay people used pokey rings and jewelry to commute the disease when shaking hands and making bodily contact, he said.
“You know what they do in San Francisco? Some of the gay community there, they want to get people. So, if they’ve got the stuff, they’ll have a ring. You shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson claimed “Really. I mean it’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
Apparently, these questions were in response to a caller’s question about driving with a man who was infected with AIDS. The caller feared contagion, it seems.
“I must confess, I don’t know all the ramifications of infection with AIDS,” Robertson answered. “I used to think it was transmitted by saliva and other things. Now, they say it may be sexual contact. So, what you want to say if you’re driving an elderly man who has got AIDS, don’t have sex with him.”
I probably would have Google’d “AIDS transmission instead of calling the 700 Club, but that’s me.
Anyway, this weirdness caught the eye of CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who included Robertson in his RidicuList on Wednesday.
“Really?” Cooper said of Pat Robertson’s far-fetched theory. “A ring that gives you AIDS. I’ve never seen that particular section of Zales. Have you?” Watch Coop’s response below and Robertson’s original video here.