Hilarious Daily Show on France’s, Russia’s, Pope’s anti-gayness

A truly excellent segment on the Daily Show, with John Oliver now hosting as Jon Stewart is away producing a movie. In this one, they go after France’s homoerotic anti-gay protesters, Russia’s anti-gay parliament, and the Vatican’s claims that they are infested with a “gay lobby.”

First France.

I’d reported the other day on the series of anti-gay protests in France preceding and following France’s legalization of marriage for gay couples a few weeks ago. For some reason, the French anti-gay bigots have adopted pink as their color, and tend to have their male protesters – always young, buff men – walk around shirtless.  Calling it “homoerotic” does not do it justice.  It’s more “homo.”  Or as John Oliver put it:

“How is it that France’s anti-gay protests look so much gayer than our pro-gay protests?”

Note the young men at a recent anti-gay protest in Paris sporting their pink sunglasses, pink overalls, and pink neckerchiefs tied around their necks like farm-girl extras in Oklahoma!  Yep, nothing gay about that.


Then there are the French anti-gay-marriage flashmobs, where men dressed in skin-tight unitards, sporting wings, flew around the square between two dueling anti-gay mobs of women yelling “mom!” and men yelling “dad!”  Again, nothing gay about a guy parading his junk in public.


And there is most definitely nothing gay about teenage guys with six-packs putting on tight crotch-hugging pants, ripping their shirts off, then lighting a flare and racing through the finals of the French Open.

Yes, the anti-gay protester was quite literally “flaming”:

Homoerotic anti-gay protesters disrupt French Open finals

Fabulously flaming anti-gay marriage protester disrupts the finals of the French Open.

Oliver then moves on to Russia, where the lower house of parliament recently passed legislation pretty much banning pro-gay speech in the entire country.  Oliver notes that Putin, like his French anti-gay counterparts, also has an odd penchant for going shirtless.


And finally we have the Vatican, which is so gay it can’t even figure out that it keeps putting seeming-flamers on TV to represent its anti-gayness.  The pro-Vatican apologist who went on CNN to defend the Vatican’s recent comments about a “gay lobby” in the Vatican…. well, you really have to see and hear for yourself – go to 4:25 in the video and just watch, listen, and tell me that Father Edward Beck doesn’t do the voice over on the Honey Badger video:


This guy makes Lindsey Graham sound like to Tom Selleck.

Do watch the segment, it’s one of the best I’ve seen on the Daily Show.

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40 Responses to “Hilarious Daily Show on France’s, Russia’s, Pope’s anti-gayness”

  1. Sweetie says:

    Putin is clearly hetero. His clumsy macho routine is no more gay than W Bush’s was (“mission accomplished” for instance).

  2. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Haha, I forgot about International Male. Hilarious catalog.

  3. BeccaM says:

    I refrained from commenting on the clip itself because da wife and I hadn’t yet watched the show. We usually catch it the following day, after DVR’ing it.

    And OMG. My gaydar just went nuclear when John ran the video of those shirtless French guys in the neon pink overalls, neckerchiefs, and pink sunglasses. They make Corky St. Clair seem overly macho.

  4. karmanot says:


  5. DrDignity says:

    Hilarious Daily Show segment! As I live in Palm Springs, I really
    had a good laugh!

  6. Clecinosu says:

    He may be stiff, but so far, he’s off to a great start.

    I laughed harder at the jokes during John Oliver’s first four shows than I’d laughed the last month of Stewart’s.

  7. Whitewitch says:

    Totally totally agree – Jon was awful in the beginning. I think Oliver just needs to “loosen” up – you can tell he is reading the tele-prompt. I could never do it – so no judgement on my part….just missing Jon.

  8. BeccaM says:

    I know. The ‘doth protest too much’ syndrome writ as large as Vatican City and its conveniently located gay bath houses.

  9. BeccaM says:

    I agree with both those points. In addition to Liberace, consider also men like Roy Cohn. By most reports, for him, picking up men was a dominance and power trip.

    And yeah… judging from what we inevitably learn about the sex habits of the most virulent closet-cases, it’s clear that being forbidden, naughty, and furtive is an essential part of the thrill for them. (A pattern that usually escalates as the titillating becomes blase, so it needs to keep becoming more extreme. Unlike the sexually well-adjusted who don’t usually need a constant self-reinforcing cycle of ‘spicing it up’ to enjoy sexual relations.)

    The repressed closet-cases can’t imagine gay marriage making any sense and so oppose it as a matter of course, because they cannot ever foresee wanting to settle down with any of the anonymous boy-toys they pick up in the bars.

    In a way, their relationship with homosexuality is like that of an alcoholic and his bottle: It’s something they assure themselves they could give up at any time, hence it’s nothing more than a lifestyle choice.

  10. UncleBucky says:

    Yep, excellent. Both the John Oliver segment and the reporting here.

    I think that the problem is that some men are afraid of being “called” gay. Whoever they are, they can’t be seen to tolerate LGBTIQ people, or associate with them, or like them, or be in a family with them. Their personal myth doesn’t allow it.

    So what they do is try to kill LGBTIQ people whenever, wherever and however they can — JUST LIKE the 9 year old that slams the door and pouts. But they are in adult bodies with adult permissions and weapons. So that makes these characters dangerous to anyone they perceive either BE “gay” or be inclusive with “gay” people.

    And since the RCC is amidst this tendency, it is OFF my list. ;o)

    Too bad about that segment of France.

    But Russia, not one cent do I give a Russian cab driver here? Well… hehehe. I’d like to say that…

  11. Indigo says:

    Oh, myyy!

  12. Monoceros Forth says:

    Oh please. Claiming that a common figure of speech is theologically suspect just to make an invidious point about how religion sucks? isn’t it just barely possible that even very serious matters can be expressed colloquially? I suppose next you’ll jump on a chem prof who utters the word “weight” when it should be “mass” and claim he doesn’t take science seriously. Sheesh, find some better excuse for your choler. (Whoops, sinned against medicine there!)

  13. karmanot says:


  14. Monoceros Forth says:

    Huh, that’s a good point. I never thought of it that way.

    When you think about it, there are a number of social consequences to criminalizing homosexuality that are good for the determined closet case. For one thing, it fosters relationships of great inequality, something also seen with Liberace and Scott Thorson: if you’re a rich man’s secret boy toy, you’re much more powerless in a society where you’re breaking the law. Sure, he’s breaking the law too, but guess who’s more likely to survive public exposure?

    Another advantage I’ve pointed out before is that driving homosexuality underground forces it into grubby, distasteful channels. If the only way homosexual citizens can express their desire is in covert trysts and furtive affairs then it’s easier for the Pharisees to decry homosexuality as something grotty and unnatural.

  15. Indigo says:

    Maybe, but I’d expect a theologically precise expression for a spirituality. If belonging to a religion is of no more social significance than which country club one attends or which bowling club one belongs to, then fine. But as a theological matter, it sounds like slavery. Perhaps in some cases, it is. As you say, few people actually practice and for them, clearly, it’s just another country club.

  16. emjayay says:

    Don’t people tend to “belong” to a church, not a religion. It’s like identifying with the club of people who have meetings in that building.

  17. emjayay says:

    I kept waiting for some comment on the guy’s totally stereotypically gay speech pattern but it didn’t happen.

  18. emjayay says:

    Well, he’s British, not Jewish.

  19. karmanot says:

    As Gandhi opined!

  20. karmanot says:

    Catholicism aims to own its adherents through brain washing from profitable cradle to grave.

  21. karmanot says:

    My god, how is it possible to lisp lobby?

  22. karmanot says:

    Never bet words: “Move along nothing to see.”

  23. karmanot says:


  24. karmanot says:

    And make sure you don’t put the fold side of the sock in front.

  25. karmanot says:

    The red cape, handmade pumps in Rome, full length gown and fabulous accessories are just simply divine work clothes! rolls eyes and says, yes Father.

  26. BeccaM says:

    I think I’ve deciphered the anti-gay social and political agenda.

    The closet-case full-denial homophobes are desperate to go back to how things were half a century or so ago, when you could be absolutely flaming Liberace fabulous — and with a straight* face, stand up in court to sue for defamation if someone says “Wow, you really are gay.”

    (* = pun very nearly intended)

  27. BeccaM says:

    That was my reaction the first time John posted the story of that guy. “What junk? Looks to me like he’s doing a passable drag-queen tuck.”

  28. BeccaM says:

    Did you see Stewart during his first year behind the desk? He was dreadful. It took him a loooong time to get to where he is now.

    Personally, I’m enjoying Oliver. Nice to have a change for a bit.

  29. nicho says:

    And let’s talk about Pooty Poot. We pretty well know that the more homophobic someone is, the better the chance he has a big, lavender skeleton in his closet. My gaydar gets a little tingle from Pooty. He just runs around shirtless way too often. He’s not bad for a guy his age, but you don’t see other “world leaders” exposing so much skin. When was the last time you saw Queen Elizabeth in a bikini?

  30. Whitewitch says:

    I miss Jon…I think Oliver will be better after a few weeks…he seems kind of stiff for now.

  31. nicho says:

    The problem with standing in front of a mirror is that you see pretty much what you want to see. That’s why you see so many people on the street who make you go “WTF?” What most people need is a good friend who will grab their arm before they leave the house and say, “Honey, no, not like that.”

  32. And Huskies…

  33. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    He was really cute. Of course, I’ve always had a thing for Anderson Cooper, so ….

  34. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    About the guy parading his junk – what junk? I’m assuming that’s spandex. Someone should have told him to always stand in front of a full length mirror before wearing spandex out of the house.

  35. OH god, especially when he did that explanation. I suspect that Oliver, as a presumably straight man, didn’t want to go there directly, so he just let the video speak for itself :)

  36. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Excellent point.

  37. nicho says:

    Not really. It’s a common expression. You belong to a club. You belong to a political party.

    And for the record, one of the biggest problems with religion is that so few people who belong to a religion actually practice it.

  38. nicho says:

    OK, John, you win. You made me cry again — from laughing thing time. This was freaking hilarious.

    And yes, that priest explaining the “gay lobby” almost made the meter on my Gaydar explode.

  39. Indigo says:

    Funny bit but . . . You “belong” to a religion? I’d say you profess or practice a religion but “belong” . . . ? That sounds flat out creepy, imho.

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