Viral Radar: Newt Gingrich Gets Glittered By Gay Rights Activist

A gay rights activist threw glitter over former House Speaker and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate at a book signing in Minneapolis and the video is climbing the YouTube charts.

Today a new protest video is climbing the YouTube charts and it’s unlike any protest you’ve ever seen.  A gay rights activist threw glitter over former House Speaker and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate at a book signing in Minneapolis.

The video of Newt getting glittered has just over 240,000 views so far, after getting coverage on the BBC, The Daily Show and more, and it was uploaded only two days ago.  The glitter thrower, Robert Erickson, has seen a lot of support (and opposition) for his action on Facebook and Twitter.

Erickson explains what happened in the YouTube video description:

“At a book signing in Minneapolis, recently declared the hippest and gayest city in America, I greeted 2012 GOP presidential contender and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with a shower of rainbow glitter.

“Feel the rainbow! Stop the hate! Stop anti-gay politics! It’s dividing our country and its not fixing our economy!” I shouted.

“Gingrich was conducting the book signing as part of the Minnesota Family Council & Institute Annual Dinner 2011 celebration.  The MFC has been an instrumental mover of a marriage inequality amendment that would enshrine discrimination in Minnesota’s state constitution.”

While the idea that this guy threw glitter on Newt Gingrich does induce a few chuckles, I have got to say that Erickson may have gone a little too far.  I’m surprised that he wasn’t arrested.  I mean, couldn’t inhaling all that rainbow glitter be dangerous?  However, as you see from the video, all he got was a creepy speech from security as the elevator door closed on his way down.  “Peace be with you…”

Check out the video below and then let us know what you think.  Do you find the video funny or disturbing?  Was Erickson’s protest method appropriate?  Scroll down to the comments and let us know.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.