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Marcus Bachmann Okay with Being Called 'Silver Fox' as Long as it Doesn't Mean He's Gay

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza profiles Michele Bachmann in this week's New Yorker. There's also a section on her husband Marcus, who reveals to Lizza that he's extremely concerned about appearing "gay".

Marcus_bachmann 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 counsellors,” 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.


Suddenly, his face appeared on Fox. “Look, you’re on TV,” I said.

“It’s the Silver Fox!” he exclaimed as we descended into Manchester.

(via ny mag and wonk room)

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  1. seriously, has he looked in the mirror?

    Posted by: dan | Aug 8, 2011 9:53:30 AM

  2. Generally, when someone is so concerned with being referred to as gay, there's usually a reason for that concern.

    Posted by: taodon | Aug 8, 2011 9:54:54 AM

  3. silver gay fox

    and I "refudiate" fox.

    Posted by: truthiness | Aug 8, 2011 9:56:50 AM

  4. He's not gay, he is a homosexual.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 8, 2011 10:01:36 AM

  5. These people are demented infants and they're seriously in the running to be the President of the United States of America.

    Posted by: ohplease | Aug 8, 2011 10:05:19 AM

  6. Homer....You are saying it wrong.....it is
    H O M O sexual! Big time.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 8, 2011 10:06:32 AM

  7. He's only as gay as Liberace. Almost as gay as Paul Lynde. Twice as gay as Elton John.

    Does that put it into perspective?

    Posted by: Jonathan | Aug 8, 2011 10:06:36 AM

  8. I still say he looks like Heimlich from 'A Bug's Life'.

    Posted by: Ib4e | Aug 8, 2011 10:07:50 AM

  9. Not knowing what "silver fox" means is just the beginning of a long list of things Marcus doesn't know.

    But ask him to "speak in tongues" and watch him go!!

    Posted by: ChrisMe | Aug 8, 2011 10:12:40 AM

  10. This guy is no silver fox.

    And I won't claim him as gay - but he seems pretty homosexual to me.

    Posted by: mike128 | Aug 8, 2011 10:17:38 AM

  11. That picture is a scream...

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 8, 2011 10:18:53 AM

  12. I realize that "silver fox" is just slang, but it is slang that has been around for a very long time. Though we may not think this man lives up to this knick-name... I think it's more frightening how out of touch these two boobs are.

    Posted by: Dogstar74 | Aug 8, 2011 10:22:29 AM

  13. When I look at that picture the only word that comes to mind is "rosebud" for some reason...

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 8, 2011 10:23:52 AM

  14. I want to see his chatchke and candleabra collection

    Posted by: Amaezm | Aug 8, 2011 10:23:59 AM

  15. He is not a psychologist. Just because you call yourself one doesn't mean it's true.

    Posted by: just sayin' | Aug 8, 2011 10:24:12 AM

  16. I think instead of "silver fox" maybe the author of the article should have defined "Nelly" to princess Marcus.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Aug 8, 2011 10:24:40 AM

  17. A tinsel frou-frou fox.

    Posted by: Artie Rimbaud | Aug 8, 2011 10:27:55 AM

  18. No one is calling him a silver fox except the other self-loathing closeted old men.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Aug 8, 2011 10:30:56 AM

  19. I think his wife pegs him...

    Posted by: Todd | Aug 8, 2011 10:36:32 AM

  20. OH MY GOD.


    Posted by: redball | Aug 8, 2011 10:37:47 AM

  21. butch lesbionic*

    Posted by: redball | Aug 8, 2011 10:38:08 AM

  22. WTF is up with all the Donate to Allen West boxes.... Please do something about it ASAP.

    Posted by: Josh6852 | Aug 8, 2011 10:38:54 AM

  23. I don't know why people say he looks gay. He doesn't look gay to me. I think he looks and acts just like Liberace; and as we all know, Liberace wasn't gay. Heck, he won three lawsuits that proved he wasn't gay.

    Relax Marcus, you aren't one bit more gay that Liberace! ;)

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 8, 2011 10:39:14 AM

  24. You can speculate all you want, but no one will know for certain without irrefutable proof and that's unlikely to surface, if it hasn't already. Of course, if Bachmann is a "Silver Fox," I need to get my eyes checked.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 8, 2011 10:39:38 AM

  25. A silver fox is a handsome, confident man with gray/graying hair and he's either gay or straight. Marcus Bachmann is not a silver fox. He's a pathetic, puffy, self-loathing, closeted homosexual who happens to have some gray hair. He's repulsive.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 8, 2011 10:41:37 AM

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