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Wrestler Mick Foley to Protect 10-Year-Old Gay Rights Activist


Last night, Jon Stewart discussed Peter Vadala, the dude who said he got fired from Brookstone because he didn't agree with his colleague's views on same-sex marriage, and Will Phillips, the 10-year-old who refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance until gay people have equality.

FoleyStewart thinks Phillips needs protection, so he's brought in wrestler Mick Foley.

Says Foley: "I was touched by young Will's plight so I'll tell you what I'm going to do: If I find out that anybody has hassled this young man or teased him or called him a wad of any sort, I and perhaps a few of my friends will come to his school and bring a world of pain. Teachers, faculty, students be ware because the eyes of Mick Foley are upon you."


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  1. I guess I always thought Jon Stewart was pretty funny, but now that man is rapidly becoming my hero.

    Posted by: MT | Nov 20, 2009 9:40:18 AM

  2. This makes me very happy.

    Posted by: James | Nov 20, 2009 9:43:03 AM

  3. This was about the stupidest thing Stewart and Foley could have done. Watch the wingnuts accuse him of making threats and seek to have them prosecuted.

    Posted by: BGKev | Nov 20, 2009 10:16:05 AM

  4. For some reason, I am tearing up at this story...

    Posted by: gerry | Nov 20, 2009 10:37:49 AM

  5. BGKEY, you're exactly right. We should stop protecting a beautiful 10 year old boy from bullies, you know, just in case someone doesn't like it. Idiot.

    Posted by: scott | Nov 20, 2009 10:46:32 AM

  6. i am laughing and tearing up at the same time. jon and mick, you guys fucking rock.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 20, 2009 11:00:02 AM

  7. LOL, too funny. The more I see, the more respect I have for Jon.

    Posted by: DR | Nov 20, 2009 11:22:43 AM

  8. SCOTT, you're the idiot. He made a specific threat of an illegal act agaisnt minors on camera. He didn't protect the kid, he made him a bigger target.

    Posted by: BGKev | Nov 20, 2009 11:46:30 AM

  9. OK for those knuckleheads:

    it's called COMEDY CENTRAL because it is comedy!

    Geez. Or better yet. IDIOT!

    Posted by: FunMe | Nov 20, 2009 11:56:16 AM

  10. LOL! Peter Vadala is a huge self-loathing fucking "Gaywad". He has a HUGE Gay accent, Gay hair and Gay Face!!! Seriously, is he thinking anybody does not see his fagitude?! He needs to be at Exodus International with Ted Haggard, John Paulk and former Congressman Mark Foley learning to throw a football.

    Stewart has more balls than the entire Democratic party.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 20, 2009 12:00:54 PM

  11. @BGKEV: You are idiot. In order for him to be charged with any sort of threat, a reasonable person would have to believe that the threat was real and that it placed others in danger. There isn't a prosecutor in the country that would even consider bringing a case against them BECAUSE IT WAS CLEARLY COMEDY!

    I love Jon Stewart.

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 20, 2009 12:17:43 PM

  12. Why is it the Conservatives can get away with hugely offensive, racist, violent threats (eg Obama) but when we make a clear JOKE out of something FROM a jokey programme, it's an outrage??


    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 20, 2009 12:22:48 PM

  13. BGKEV you clearly know nothing of the law. That is the same lame excuse that the right wing is using with the Matt Sheperd hate crimes bill, that clergy will be prosecuted for hate crimes, if someone commits a crime after hearing them preach on the bible's stance.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 20, 2009 12:51:28 PM

  14. @Rowan - it's because everyone expects conservatives to act like spoiled children, but liberals always have to act like mature adults.

    Posted by: Justin | Nov 20, 2009 1:15:45 PM

  15. Peter Valdala is very vocal on Facebook. He likes nothing better than to spew his homophobia on various discussion boards. (Many of which have been screen captured and sent to the legal council at Brookstone.)

    Feel free to stop by, check out Peter Valdala's page, send him a message of support, and let him know what a laughing stock he's become.

    And BGKEV....for the're a certified douchenozzle!

    Posted by: Tex | Nov 20, 2009 2:25:06 PM

  16. Curiously, the Colbert Report used the very same clip of the kid last night, and even mocked the interviewer for the "What's a gaywad?" question in much the same tone.

    Both shows have always been gay friendly, but both have really ramped up coverage of gay-related stories recently.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 20, 2009 2:25:55 PM

  17. Is it horribly wrong that I want to blow Mick Foley now?

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 20, 2009 4:30:58 PM

  18. Where's Derrick from Philly? A po' white trash redneck is willing to stand up and defend this kid.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 20, 2009 5:21:12 PM

  19. Rowan and Justin:

    You are not fucking serious. What fantasy world do you live in?

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 20, 2009 5:25:53 PM

  20. I feel bad for this kid. He's being used. Children shouldn't be used by anybody as a prop. There are plenty of adults who should be speaking up who can defend themselves.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 20, 2009 5:29:43 PM

  21. Jon Stewart is my idle.

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 20, 2009 5:53:45 PM

  22. once again, john in boston, you are being a douche. what makes you think that the little man is being used?

    Posted by: nic | Nov 20, 2009 6:11:21 PM

  23. does his school have a football team? I would tell those fine young gentlemen to defend this young man..and man up ..

    Posted by: alan brickman | Nov 20, 2009 8:07:11 PM

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