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  1. Jeff says

    Video not available in my country (Canada)…somebody please give a brief synopsis. I think this is interesting.

  2. James in Toronto says

    It’ll be available at “thecomedynetwork.ca”, as the (rather cute) message on the screen says.

    …but it is irritating when they restrict like that.

  3. topher says

    Woohoo! It plays fine in Chile :)
    (Tip: try downloading yesterday’s show from The Pirate Bay, or look this clip up on youtube — there’s always someone bound to upload it).

  4. Alex Parrish says

    @Jeff — the clip is a comedic sketch wherein they pose a couple of male actors as a gay couple, dressed as Alabama and Mississippi country-folk, and then place them in situations where they might expect to be harassed. Instead they were just-about ignored, or given positive reinforcement. In the last part they have the couple propose in a Waffle House (supposedly a bastion of intolerance) and they get applause when the partner says “yes.” The sketch is cute, but not really indicative of anything — it’s just a hypothetical which has no ‘control’ subject to validate it. Cute idea, though.

  5. disgusted american says

    Video not available in my country (Canada)…somebody please give a brief synopsis. I think this is interesting.

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 30, 2013 8:59:22 AM

    ..its basically a video telling how Ignorant th south is…..did the video make the hype – not exactly..but in reality Alabama and Mississippi WILL have to BE GRAGGED into the 21st century when it comes to RIGHTS..thats the basic premise

  6. David says

    Nicely illustrates that reality is usually more complex and much more fun than lazy stereotypes would have one believe. Thanks for posting, Andy!

  7. Darren says

    North Alabama here. Lived here all my 48 yrs and once high school was over I have never had a problem. I really don’t know if its the Southern thing of putting on a polite face while mentally vomiting or what but no one has ever said an unkind word to me or my partner of 14 yrs. I even think the cashiers at walmart get a giggle when he and I bicker at the check out for what the other one forgot to pick up.

  8. Bob Burns says

    I know Doug Jones and knew many of those places in the video…. my home town. Laughing so hard I have tears. Sadly, their fashion was just about mainstream here.

    Makes me wonder how that would have gone over if those guys were sissies.

  9. Paul R says

    More like they were too sick and bloated from Waffle House food to even stand. It makes Denny’s look mighty fancy.

  10. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    It was a good illustration that even in places where a landslide of the voters lean hard right (say, 55%-45% or greater), there is a significant portion of the population that believes in a forward-thinking progressive America. Don’t give up on them or condemn the entire region.

  11. Jonty Coppersmith says

    When people know they are on camera their reactions probably aren’t the same as they otherwise would be.

  12. Rick says

    “It was a good illustration that even in places where a landslide of the voters lean hard right (say, 55%-45% or greater), there is a significant portion of the population that believes in a forward-thinking progressive America”

    No, it has nothing to do with an embrace of left-wing ideology. Conservative white Southerners tend to be much more accepting of people at the personal level than the self-congratulatory, often hypocritical liberals one encounters on the East and West Coasts, who say all the right things, but are just masking their homophobia in doing so……

  13. Jols says

    Yes RICK-the-troll, people in the South are much, much more tolerant, it’s well-known! That’s why New England states all have gay marriage and never had segregation while not a single Southern state has gay-positive legislation or marriage and that they had to be court-ordred to allow mixed-race couples to marry and to stop prosecuting people for sodomy (which they, of course, still do anyway).

    That documentary is very interesting though. The experiment is funny enough. But truth is, not only people act differently when theres a camera (which they sometimes could see), but also I believe a lot of these people are very “live and let live” (by which they mean they won’t shout you down but they WILL vote against every one of your rights).

  14. Michael says

    Give me a break. I’m from Jacksonville Beach, FL, and if I walked down the street holding the hand of another guy it would take 30 seconds to have someone say something.

    I smell a rat with a camera with this one.

  15. MIke says

    Get over yourself idiot jols. Of course you’ve heard of “Yankee manners” because it’s been used for decades and decades! And that “Northern Charm”!

  16. Hyde says

    @Perry I actually live in the south (Louisiana) and grew up in a bad area (inner city as you call it) and felt more accepted there as a gay man than anywhere else in my city.

    You go to the rich half of my city and the schools have very religious teachers brainwashing the students into Christianity and they look down on those of us who weren’t lucky enough(or unlucky enough from the way I see it) to be born white and wealthy. They hate whoever they are told to hate, which is mostly black people and gays down here.

    While in the poor half of the city white and black typically get along and they don’t care if you’re lgbt, they will treat you the same as everyone else.

  17. alex says

    Why is it that despite seeing evidence to the contrary, some gay people aren’t able to see past their own stereotypes of the South. Of course, this video is anecdotal evidence. But, this video plus the fact that the recent rash of violent hate crimes weren’t happening here in the South show that what you were taught about Southerns isn’t always true.

  18. EXCUSE ME! says

    @ Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith: My point exactly! Also, from my experience and many sociological experiments for that matter, 2 “white” guys among mostly whites could potentally get away with a lot in America than a mixed or a other race/religious couple. On the other hand, I wonder what would have been the reaction in an inner city neighborhood? And finally, I am sick of hearing that NY, LA and the other so called “big progressive” cities are touted as bastions of gay acceptance when they are, in reality, more overtly and in many cases more violentley opposed to public gay exposure. I ought to know, I lived in NY for a number of years getting everything from nasty comments, ridicule to expecting me to leave from store owners, restaurants and neighbors! So these rich elite people like andy cohen and the daily show who never have to take the subway, or go to regular stores and restaurants, where their presence would somehow elevate the hovels, need to STOP speaking for all gay paople and how we are actually treated in NY, LA or any other places for that matter!