We Were So Blinded By Carson Jones’ Side-Eyes, We Missed His Mom’s Epic Shade Of Mike Pence

Like mother, like son.

It was the side-eye seen round the world: When Democrat Doug Jones was sworn in as Alabama’s newest senator this week, his out gay son, Carson, gave Mike Pence a look that could wither an oak tree.

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The younger Jones, a zoologist, came out publicly in an Advocate interview last year, confirming that his parent’s have been nothing but proud and supportive of him. Pence, meanwhile, signed Indiana’s odious anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law and once suggested money for HIV/AIDS programs should go to organizations that offer conversion therapy instead.

So Carson’s side-eye is extra-juicy. That, coupled with the fact that he’s is easy on the eyes, distracted us from what else was going on in the photo: Carson’s mom, Louise, is also up on the podium, giving Pence her backside.

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It’s some some Mariah Carey level-“I don’t know her”-shade.

Actually now that we look at it again, it appears like Carson and his mom are having an entire conversation with their eyeballs. Which is basically the kind of relationship every gay man wants with his mother.

During the campaign, Louise phone-banked for her husband and networked with influential Alabamans. In fact, the night of the special election was their 25th anniversary.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.