Homophobic politician gets a call from lesbian icon
“Hi! It’s Ellen DeGeneres. The gay one.”
The sitcom star turned chat show host turned her satirical sights on Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern earlier this week, in response to comments that gay people are “infiltrating” the US government.
Ms Kern was exposed as a homophobe last weekend, when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund put a tape recording of her speech to party activists on YouTube.
“This stuff, it’s deadly and it’s spreading, and it will destroy our young people. It will destroy this nation,” she said, claiming that gay people want to “indoctrinate” young people.
“Studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades,” she claimed.
Ms Kern, 61, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives as a Republican in 2004.
She has stood by her comments, telling a news reporter that everything she said is true.
Ellen DeGeneres decided to have some fun with Ms Kern on her nationally syndicated TV show yesterday.
“I feel like there’s some misinformation going on here, and I think I need to call her,” Ellen said after playing parts of the Kerns recording.
The phone went to voicemail and then an automated voice informed Ellen that the mailbox was full.
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“I bet!” Ellen said.
“She’s busy, it seems like she is getting some voicemails!”
Ellen then chose to leave her a message via her TV show, which has won 15 Emmy awards.
New York-based blog Queerty is reporting that Ms Kern’s son is gay.
Watch the Ellen clip below: