Over 16 years behind the desk of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart evolved from the jester of the “fake news” into the only voice in journalism that felt real. When he bids farewell tonight, we’ll lose more than just an entertainer. We’ll also lose a tireless LGBTQ advocate.
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We’ve already collected some of his best LGBTQ rants in the past but there were plenty more where those came from.
In honor of his final show, here are 9 more of Stewart’s greatest takedowns of bigoted homophobic/transphobic/misogynistic jerks:
Responding to tired old Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s tired old argument that children of same-sex couples might face consequences of being raised by gay parents, Stewart said (next to graphics for Teen Mom, Toddlers & Tiaras, Super Nanny, Dance Moms, 16 and Pregnant and 19 Kids & Counting): “If the new standard for recognizing marriage is whether or not the couple would make good parents, you, Antonin Scalia, should get cable.”
When Rick Santorum said he would turn down a hypothetical invitation to the hypothetical same-sex marriage of a hypothetical loved one, Stewart pulled out the Urban Dictionary: “Santorum doesn’t want to attend the wedding? That’s fine. He’ll be there on the wedding night. Don’t Google that.”
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback removed a piece of existing legislation that actually protected workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Stewart suggested the Internet simply even the score: “We saw how the name Santorum got redefined due to his position on gay rights. You’re really telling me we can’t do better with the almost-already-there name Brownback? Come on, Internet.”
In response to Supreme Court Justice Roberts’ whining that same-sex marriage might be too radical a change from the definition of marriage as determined by some elder set of straight white guys in power, Stewart gave Roberts a brilliant history lesson: “The institution of marriage has almost never not been changing. Before the last century, marriage wasn’t one man and one woman. It was one man and his new piece of vagina property. Change can be good.”
When Wal-Mart voiced opposition to Arkansas’ ban on workplace protection laws for gay people (yes, you read that correctly), Stewart saw dragged Arkansas for sinking lower than Wal-Mart’s ethical standards: “Here’s a clue that you might be on the wrong side of history: When even the company that had to be convinced not to lock up their Mexicans in their stores overnight thinks you’re out there.”
While the media debated recently out college football player Michael Sam’s draft chances, Stewart pointed out the absurdity of Sam’s sexuality being a “controversy” in an organization as corrupt as the NFL: “Okay, I get that. That makes sense. No pro team wants the type of controversy that having a gay player’s going to cause. If he had just been convicted of DUI vehicular manslaughter or obstruction of justice in connection with a murder or had been accused of sexual assault or screamed the N-word at a concert or killed a bunch of dogs and buried them in his fucking yard!”
Ben Carson and Louie Gohmert
Mocking the GOP’s attempt to rebrand itself as a more inclusive organization, Stewart tore Presidential candidate Ben Carson and Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert to shreds for their shared anxiety that gay marriage was a slippery slope to bestiality: “What is it with you people and the animal fucking? I don’t understand how your minds always go there! Like ‘Then they’ll just remove the laws against fucking animals!’ Is [the law] the only thing that’s been holding you back?”
After Governor Huckabee accused the “militant gays” of campaigning against Indiana’s Religious Freedom to Discriminate Against Gay People legislation, Stewart called out Huckabee’s ridiculous double standard: “So when gays want equality, it’s ’militancy.’ And when Christians want to deny service, it’s ’freedom.'”
When Caitlyn Jenner revealed her gender transition with her historic “Call Me Caitlyn” Vanity Fair cover, Stewart was impressed with the lack of transphobic insensitivity in the media’s response. But he also shrewdly observed the intense focus on Jenner’s body and “fuckability”: “It’s really heartening to see that everyone is willing to not only accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, but to waste no time in treating her like a woman…Caitlyn, when you were a man, we could talk about your athleticism, your business acumen. But now you’re a woman and your looks are really the only thing we care about.”