John M. Becker

Daily Show Tests Intolerance In Mississippi, Alabama

Filed By John M. Becker | October 31, 2013 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Alabama, Daily Show, Deep South, homophobia, Mississippi, stereotypes

daily_show_alabama_mississippi.jpgThis week, The Daily Show's Al Madrigal explored the topic of marriage equality in America. Madrigal wanted to know which U.S. state would be the final car on the equality train, so he consulted superstar statistician Nate Silver.

Silver predicted, just as he did earlier this year, that the Deep South states of Alabama and Mississippi would battle it out for last place. But when Madrigal found out that Silver had never visited either state before making his prediction, he decided to investigate for himself and find out "which one of these backwoods, inbred, homophobic states would swim the longest against the tide of history."

So The Daily Show sent Madrigal down south for what it called an "Intolerance-Off." First Madrigal interviewed Alabama civil rights attorney Doug Jones and newspaper columnist Slim Smith, both of whom said their state would hold out the longest. Since that didn't settle the question, Madrigal enlisted two actors to pose as a gay couple in order to "capture the intolerance of everyday rednecks to simulated gayness."

What they found may surprise you, and it certainly challenges southern stereotypes. Check out the segment, after the jump. Spoiler alert: it includes a marriage proposal at a Waffle House.


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