Ever since the passage of HB2 in North Carolina, the state has been reeling from the loss of business, income, and investment. Leaders in the state, including GOP Governor Pat McCrory, have come under increasing pressure to repeal the law. All in all, its been a public relations nightmare for the state.
Last night on “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert decided to weigh in on the anti-LGBT legislation which is now in place in North Carolina. Sitting at the desk in his office, Colbert began by discussing artists such as Pearl Jam and Boston who have canceled concerts in North Carolina as a way of protesting HB2:
“While I respect those artists, as an entertainer, I believe that it is not my job to deny you my talents. I believe it is possible to use the magic of television to bridge our differences. I mean, for Pete’s sake, after the Civil War great figures like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee believed this country could come together. That’s why I will never withhold this show from anyone.”
As Colbert spoke, just behind him, two men dressed as Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln shook hands, stared into each other’s eyes, and then proceeded to make out on camera. Colbert continued:
“I believe we must find common ground. And hold firm to those things that united us all. We must cling to each other passionately and really, really just go for it.”
Something tells me Republican leaders in North Carolina even had to chuckle just a little bit as they watched:
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.