Jon Stewart’s Greatest Lesbian Moments


Bill O’Reilly Fails to Predict the Future (March 14, 2002)

Jon’s feeling our pain in this one, no question about it. In the second part of an interview with Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly, Stewart lets O’Reilly explain why the only responsible thing queer people can do is stay in the closet. Take Rosie O’Donnell, who had just come out that week in an interview with Diane Sawyer. Who wants to hear about her private life? Not O’Reilly, that’s for sure.

Or take Ellen DeGeneres. "Very funny, very smart," O’Reilly began. "She will never succeed on television because a large part of America does not want to hear about her sex life." That was before The Ellen DeGeneres Show won four Emmy Awards, including Best Talk Show, in its first season alone, and went on to become one of the most popular daytime shows in TV history, averaging 3 million viewers a day. (O’Reilly’s show, which is losing viewers every year, currently clocks in at 2 million.)

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"Queers Vie for the Straight Tie" (Feb. 23, 2004)

A perfect example of how Stewart gives lesbians parity with gay men in stories about LGBT issues is a clip about same-sex marriage illustrated entirely with lesbian weddings, including the wedding of California state Sen. Carole Migden and attorney Cristina Arguedas, which San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom officiated. The two women had been partners for more than 20 years when they finally tied the knot.

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"The Ring" (Feb. 26, 2004)

Jon gives lesbians better than parity yet again in another feature about gay marriage that includes an all-lesbian news montage. The segment wraps up with film of Rosie O’Donnell’s San Francisco wedding to longtime partner Kelli Carpenter, as well as a clip of her on Good Morning America telling Diane Sawyer what she thinks of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Lesbian visibility doesn’t get much better than that, especially when there’s absolutely nothing titillating going on.

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