At this point, we’re willing to believe almost anything about Jesse Jackson. No story is too crazy.
After all, this is the married minister who was carrying on an affair and impregnated his girlfriend while counseling Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair. C’mon, it doesn’t get much sleazier than that.
Well, on second thought, maybe it does.
Tommy R. Bennett has filed a complaint with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations against the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Bennett, who’s gay, worked for the Rainbow Coalition from mid-2007 to late-2009. He says that his sexual orientation was no secret because he also worked as “Aruba Tommy” on Tom Joyner’s nationally-syndicated radio show at the same time.
The Windy City Times has the sordid, but hilarious details:
Things reached an apex later in 2008, when Bennett says he “was summoned to Rev. Jackson’s hotel room” at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel. Bennett claims that he was eventually instructed to apply cream to Jackson, who “had a rash between his legs.” Bennett says that he refused, resulting in Jackson allegedly calling Bennett a “little motherfucker.”
Hey, c’mon, Tommy. The good Reverend had a rash. It was an emergency. Can’t you do the Christian thing and help a guy out?
Bennett then states that another time at the same hotel, Jackson summoned him at 1 a.m. to take notes. The complaint states, “When Mr. Bennett arrived, Rev. Jackson was dressed only in his briefs and a v-neck t-shirt.” Bennett alleges Jackson was sexually excited. Asked by Windy City Times how he came to this conclusion, Bennett said, “I could tell by his look. His whole demeanor had changed. His breathing pattern had changed.”
Asthma. We’re pretty sure the change in breathing pattern was caused by asthma.
The complaint continues: “Before Mr. Bennett left, Rev. Jackson stated that white folks took the word ‘gay’ and gave the word its own definition. Rev. Jackson further stated that he was a real poor child in North Carolina and his name was first Jesse Burns, and then Jesse Robinson and then he became Jesse Jackson.
“Rev. Jackson stated that he played football and there was a gay high school teacher who took Rev. Jackson under his wings and told him that he needed education to go along with football. Rev. Jackson said, ‘[F]rom that gay teacher, I got a good grade, I got to use his car, I got ten dollars and I got my dick sucked.’ Rev. Jackson said, ‘[T]hat’s not gay, that is surviving.’” Bennett alleges this meant Rev. Jackson wanted sex, but that Bennett then left the room.
Some call it surviving, Jesse. Others call it Saturday night in North Carolina. But we’re not sure what a real reverend would call it.