CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Upshur County teen who earned Internet infamy last week for making anti-gay comments has vowed to stand his ground.
Caiden Cowger, 14, a self-proclaimed "conservative Internet radio talk show host," bashed gays in a recent video, labeling the practice "perverted" and "disgusting."
"It's getting worse where I'm at," Cowger said in the video, which was reposted by TMZ.com after he claims his YouTube account was hacked and deleted Wednesday. "I see younger people that is turning out to be homosexuals ... all of them are starting to turn to homosexuals. ... And it is sickening. It sickens me."
Cowger argued that homosexuality is a belief, not a decision, and that gay people are "not born that way, no matter what Lady GaGa says."
Cowger attacked President Barack Obama, alleging he is encouraging homosexuality.
"(Obama) is saying 'Homosexuals, you can get married, and it's all right, it's all right to be gay, we'll make it better for you,'" Cowger said in his video.
"I'm going to tell you this, guys. President Obama, Vice President Biden, is making kids gay!" he shouted. "They are encouraging kids to think, 'You know what, they're talking about being a homosexual, and they're saying that there's nothing wrong with being gay, so you know what? I think I might try that out for a little bit.'"
Cowger's previous shows, which were hosted on audio hosting website spreaker.com, were removed from the site Friday due to "offensive contents."
"While we not only support free speech, we help it find its way to more people faster and easier with our service that is the audio equivalent of YouTube, but like them, we cannot and will not condone hate speech," said Spreaker CEO Francesco Baschieri in a statement released Saturday.
"Consequently, we have pulled down audio content from Caiden Cowgar (sic), whose recent gay-bashing clearly crosses the line from free -- to hate -- speech."
Cowger created a new YouTube account shortly after his previous account was deleted. In a video uploaded to his new account on Thursday, he defended his prior statements and vowed to stay on the air, citing his First Amendment rights.