Bolivian President Evo Morales. Note the full head of lustrous hair.
Bolivian President Evo Morales
made news earlier this week when, while speaking at an environmental conference, he declared that eating chicken could cause homosexuality and male-pattern baldness.
The Guardian reports
...Morales said chicken producers injected fowl with female hormones and
insisted that "when men eat those chickens they experience deviances in
Scientists, once they'd put down their delicious KFC Double Down sandwiches
Of course, chicken is not the first foodstuff to be accused of posing a grave threat to heterosexuality.
In 2006, Jim Rutz, columnist for WorldNetDaily, argued
that soy products were "feminizing."
Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the
penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That's why most of the
medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today's rise in homosexuality
must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products. (Most
babies are bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-fourth
of them are getting soy milk!)
That Rutz's scientific background includes, uh, being the chairman of something called Megashift Ministries -- not to mention that it was published in WorldNetDaily (official motto: "We were batshit insane years
before anyone had heard of Birthers!") -- didn't stop the claim from being widely disseminated.
There have even been claims that Mountain Dew can shrink the size of a man's penis or testicles or lower his sperm count. The indispensable Snopes debunks this
, noting that the supposed cause (die Yellow No. 5) has been in use for nearly a century without any epidemic of manly-part shrinkage.
As usual, homophobic/misogynist pseudoscience proves only that, if there is something to prevent a human being from being a raging asshole, science sure as hell hasn't found it yet.