Talk show host Conan O’Brien got an exclusive scoop from Indiana’s Religious Freedom Czar Don Beederman on last night’s episode of Conan — and the results were both enlightening and hilarious.
In the sarcastic interview with the fake Indiana official (played to perfection by Chris Parnell), Conan sought an "official" perspective about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last Thursday.
The legislation, which has been criticized by many as giving businesses and individuals a “license to discriminate” against LGBT people or those of other faiths, has been highly controversial since its signing.
So in his exclusive interview, the late-night talk show host got right down to the question on everyone's mind: does the RFRA promote unfair discrimination against gay people in Indiana?
"Absolutely not," replied Beederman. "In fact, this law prevents discrimination against good, church-going folks who just want their businesses homosexual-free.”
When told by Conan that you can't identify LGBT people at a glance, Biederman said that you can with proper "research."
"I've personally spent literally thousands of hours studying the habits of homosexuals by reading their literature and watching their erotic adventures on DVD," Beederman explained. "I've also done extensive field work at some of the hottest gay nightclubs locally and abroad."
Watch the biting, pointed exchange between Conan and Beederman below.