Funny or Die released a new video on Wednesday that posed a serious question to people strolling the streets of New York City: when did you decide to become gay?
The scripted, satirical news video contained a wide variety of and humorous responses. One on-the-street actor told Funny or Die’s John Harris that "Will & Grace turned me gay," while another woman said she chose to become gay "before I decided where I would be born, but after I decided who my parents would be."
The clip may be sarcastic in tone, but was produced as a direct response to the recent, very real comments made by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who claimed that prisons are "absolute" proof homosexuality is a choice.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo earlier this month, Carson stated that “…a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out they're gay.”
Carson, widely thought to be considering a run for president in 2016 under the Republican party, also suggested in his sit-down with Cuomo that the continuing fight for legal same-sex unions should not have to change the entire traditional definition of marriage.
This isn't the first time Funny or Die has used its brand of comedic online videos to tackle the issue of LGBT rights and marriage equality. Just earlier this year in its “Throwing Shade” podcast and video series, the site discussed the confusing state of same-sex marriage in Alabama.