Indiana Republicans probably didn’t know what hit them this week. Just a few years ago enacting hideously anti-gay legislation was a win-win for the political party, as it would please their bigoted supporters while liberals would just tut and grumble and not do anything about it.
However after the Governor of Indiana signed a ‘Religious Freedom Act’ – which was actually a fairly thinly disguised attempt to ensure anyone can discriminate against gays as long as they claim it was because of their religion – they faced a massive backlash, not just from those you’d usually expect to decry such a law, but also a raft of major businesses (including Walmart, who until recently didn’t have much of an LGBT rights record), and even other states, who banned their employees from travelling to Indiana on non-essential business.
Now James Van Der Beek and Anna Camp have gotten in on the act with a great Funny Or Die video that does a great job of showing what is so odious about these laws. After all, those behind them always say laws like this are just about allowing small business owners to follow their religious convictions, but they’re is actually about bigotry and can have massive repurcussions, especially if larger businesses decide to fire gay people or not serve them.
In the vid Anna and James are hosts of the Indiana Shopping Channel, and they certainly don’t want the gays buying their goods. As James puts it, if gays can get tot buy things from them, “What’s next – I’ll leave my wife Cindy and then go shack up with Don in a post-modern house in Palm Springs?”.
Takea look at the video below. [Read more…]