The latest (brew-haha?) for coffee giant Starbucks relates to queers, bodily fluids, an anti-LGBT minister, and a faulty satire detector.
James David Manning has escalated his homophobic remarks to double venti levels with his contention that Starbucks uses "the semen of sodomites" as flavoring in its coffee.
The story starts with Manning's assertion last week that Starbucks is "ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases" due to the "generally upscale sodomites" who frequent the coffee shops and "exchange a lot of body fluids."
Since the video of Manning's "upscale sodomites" remarks hit the Web, two things apparently set him off even more. One is that LGBT rights advocates protested outside Manning's ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York. The other is that he evidently read a satirical post about Starbucks using semen in its drinks and mistook it for a real news story.
"Now this is the absolute truth," he said in a video posted Wednesday. "There was a big article about an investigation into Starbucks using male semen and putting it into the blends of coffee that they sell. ... My question is, where are they getting all this semen from? ... My suspicions is that they're getting their semen from sodomites ... my suspicion is that semen ... it has millions and millions of little zygotes in it, and it flavors up the coffee and it makes you thinks you're having a good time drinking that cup of latte with the semen in it."
Manning swears he isn't making the story up and refers to reading a report in a publication called the Inquisitor. The only high-ranked Google result for "inquisitor Starbucks semen" is an Inquisitr item that explains that the rumors are not true -- and it points to a satirical Huzlers.com post as the source of the claim. Here's an excerpt from that story, published October 18:
"'We can not believe this' says FDA inspector Jamison Fields, 'this is disturbing, if i wanted to consume semen I would just do gay pornography, who would've known i was consuming semen through Starbucks.' ... It is also speculated that the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is only sold at Starbucks in the autumn, is not only loaded with semen, but cockroaches as well." The Huzlers story also quotes a supposed Starbucks customer who doesn't mind the semen because it makes the coffee taste so good and says, "I might just try semen alone to see if it's that good."
Huzlers has also run a satirical story -- published March 3 of this year--with the contention that Starbucks was using breast milk in its beverages. Manning must have missed that one. Hopefully he'll tune in if anyone runs a story contending that the company is using blood in the baked goods.
Manning has in the past accused President Barack Obama of "[releasing] homo demons on the black man" and asserted that gay athletes are pedophiles.
Here's the latest video from Manning: