Monday, August 19, 2013

Smallest town with a gay-rights ordinance welcomes laughs on 'The Colbert Report'

Vicco, Ky., a Appalachian village of 334 people in the southeastern part of the state, made headlines in January when it became the nation's smallest town to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The town is making headlines again, this time by allowing the popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" to poke fun at the town and openly gay mayor Johnny Cummings, who introduced the ordinance.

Cummings told Asawin Suebsaen of Mother Jones, "Everything considered, I was remarkably pleased with the way (the segment) turned out. We got a lot of attention after that New York Times article ran (in January), and we got these offers from production companies wanting to do all this crap. So when some of them called, I was often quite rude to them. … But then I got a call from ('The Colbert Report'). I always watch 'The Colbert Report.'…To get your point across, sometimes you just gotta laugh. That's how I look at it. So I thought, okay, 'The Colbert Report' would be perfect." (Read more)

The segment was part of a segment titled "People who are Destroying America," which joked about how gay people have already taking over the big cities, and now they're taking over the small towns, and jokingly called all the people in town gay for supporting the ordinance, while also poking fun at the one detractor, a pastor who said he doesn't have a problem with homosexuals, then went into detail with what's wrong with their lifestyle:

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