By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com February 08 2013 3:44 PM ET
Stephen Colbert offered his distinctive take last night on Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, author of the infamous “don’t say gay” bill that would ban discussion of homosexuality in public schools.
The host of The Colbert Report noted that in a recent interview with TMZ Live, Campfield described gay activists as “the biggest bullies in the world,” to which Colbert responded, “It’s well known. Homosexuals, notorious bullies. Many of them spend their teenage years mercilessly ramming their face into the football team’s fists.”
He also observed that the new version of Campfield’s bill, which he introduced last month after an earlier version failed to pass two years ago, would require school staffers to report students’ conversations about homosexuality to their parents. “It’s gone from ‘don’t say gay’ to gaaaaaaaaaay!!!” Colbert said.
He also said of the bill, “It’s not about ostracizing gay students into a life of loneliness. It’s all about education. We are teaching these children, isolated by their identity, that there is absolutely no adult that they can trust.”
Below, watch Colbert and the TMZ Live segment, in which Campfield, among other things, says gay activists should “quit trying to ram [homosexuality] down everybody’s throats.”