WATCH: Jon Stewart Smacks Down Reparative Therapy Proponents
You can always count on Jon Stewart to take on the anti-LGBT right wing in his own inimitable way.
Last night on The Daily Show, Stewart first deftly skewered sodomy laws in light of the belated striking down of such a law in Alabama. “It’s what happens when homophobes find out that sodomy even includes blow jobs they might get,” he said, then in a southern-sounding voice, “Wait, wait a minute! Cheerleader sucking my dick is sodomy? I guess I am a libertarian.”
Next Stewart went after the Texas Republican Party’s declaration of support for so-called reparative therapy in its platform, asking, “The state that can’t even go a week without an oil pipeline spewing thinks it’s the gays that need repairing? While the rest of the country is inching forward on gay rights, Texas is apparently hopping into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and setting the dial to the 1950s.”
Then Stewart went for the jugular. After running a clip of Joseph Nicolosi, a reparative therapy practitioner and former president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, claiming that reparative therapy brings out heterosexuality rather than removing homosexuality, Stewart made the obvious point: “But that’s the thing they don’t have in them! It’s like giving a woman a C-section who’s not pregnant. You won’t find what you’re looking for, but you will leave a scar.”
Stewart then cited an op-ed published at Advocate.com in October 2012, which told of a reparative therapy patient being directed to bottle his own feces and smell it when he felt same-sex attraction, and of having his therapist threaten to attach electrodes to his genitals. “By the way,” Stewart quipped, “not only is shit in a bottle an ineffective and harmful therapy, it is by far the worst New Jersey shore souvenir ever.”
Stewart then went after Texas governor Rick Perry and his public comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism, but saved his sharpest zingers for last. “Being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is, so my advice the next time you feel the urge to be a Texas Republican, to replace science textbooks with pictures of humans riding dinosaurs or ban same-sex marriage … is shit in a jar and sniff it … hopefully it’ll remind you of what assholes you’re being.”
Watch the full segment below.