How SNL’s parody compared with the real CNN LGBTQ 2020 town hall


-This town hall will discuss
the issues affecting our community — LGBTQ and straight girls
that make Pride about them. -I’m so excited to be here. I had some apple slices
backstage, and they are hitting me
like cocaine. Y’all know I’m not a lesbian, but all the ingredients
are there. -So, Senator, let’s say you were
on the campaign trail. -I have been. -And a supporter
approaches you — -How would you respond
if someone said to you, “I’m old-fashioned,
and my faith teaches me that marriage is between
one man and one woman”? -Look — I’m gonna assume
it’s a guy who said that. And I’m gonna say,
“Then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that.” -Sir, tell me your bus stop ’cause I want to know
where you get off. What else?
What else? If someone doesn’t want to serve
gay people at their small business, I bet that’s not
the only thing that’s small. And when people say gay
and trans people shouldn’t be included
in Civil Rights Act protections, well, I wish their parents
had used protection. -I was raised by a dad
who was — it was a real simple,
basic issue. I remember getting out of a car
when I was trying to be dropped off
at the local city hall to get a job
to be the only white employee in the east side of town
in the neighborhood, in the projects, as a lifeguard. And as I got out, there were
two guys in the corner in Rodney Square
they call it, which is the sort of
corporate capital of the world. It’s where the Chancery Court
and all of that is. And these two guys,
well-dressed — this is back in 196– [clicking tongue]
probably 1963. -I’m glad you asked
that question, and let me answer
by telling you a false memory. Now, the year was 19–
[clicking tongue] 26, and I was in downtown
Dover with my father. And we see two well-dressed men. -Kissed one another as I was
opening the door. And I hadn’t seen that before. -You know what I mean
by well-dressed, right? -One walked off
to the DuPont Building, one walked off to what used
to be called the Hercules Corporation. And I looked at my dad,
and he just looked at me and said, “It’s simple, honey. They love each other. It’s just basic. There’s nothing complicated
about it.” That’s how I was raised,
for real. -And I say, “What the huh?” And he said, “Baby,
they were born this way.” -How do you respond to those who say
you’re not gay in the right way? -You know, I’ve heard that,
but there’s no wrong way to be gay,
unless you’re Ellen this week. -During the game, they showed
a shot of George and me laughing together,
and so, people were upset. They thought, “Why is a gay
Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative
Republican president?” Didn’t even notice I’m holding
the brand-new iPhone 11. I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot
of people who don’t share
the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think
that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay
that we’re all different. Just because I don’t agree
with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not
gonna be friends with him. When I say,
“Be kind to one another,” I don’t mean only the people that think
the same way that you do. I mean, be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.

Maurice Vega

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