Stephen Colbert delivered his opinion on North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT legislation during his opening monologue on last night’s Late Show, and enlisted the help of two historical figures to drive his point home with a laugh.
Colbert started by acknowledging the spate of musicians currently boycotting the state over the law, which denies transgender people the right to use restrooms that match their gender identity, but disagreed with their decision to pull out of the state completely.
“While I respect those artists, as an entertainer, I believe that it is not my job to deny you my talents,” he said. “I believe it is possible to use the magic of television to bridge our differences. I mean, for Pete’s sake, after the Civil War great figures like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee believed this country could come together. That’s why I will never withhold this show from anyone.”
As he speaks, two men dressed as Lincoln and Lee walk on screen, shake hands, and after a moment of gazing into each other’s eyes, lean in for a wild and intense makeout sesh.
“I believe we must find common ground,” Colbert said as the men start making out more aggressively to the audience’s delight. “And hold firm to those things that united us all. We must cling to each other passionately and really, really just go for it.”
Check it out below:
h/t Perez Hilton