Jon Stewart’s Greatest Lesbian Moments


"Queer and Present Danger" (March 23, 2004)

Daily Show correspondent Ed Helms does what he does best: Turns the words and prejudices of right-wing homophobes against them by adopting their attitudes as his own. In this series of interviews held in San Francisco in the days following Mayor Newsom’s issuance of same-sex marriage licenses, Helms introduces viewers to a recently wed lesbian couple as well as two straight couples he characterizes as "victims of gay marriage." (It should be noted that neither of those couples said that about themselves.)

The whole segment is hysterically funny, and the three couples are perfectly chosen. The cherry on the top? When Helms leeringly asks the two lesbians about their wedding night activities, one of the brides gently informs him that being a lesbian means never having to say yes to a three-way with an obnoxious anchorman.

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"This Week in God: Deity Contraption" (March 9, 2005)

This one’s a lesbian double-header from Stephen Colbert in his Daily Show days: beginning at 3:18, the Anglican Church’s schism over same-sex marriage, followed by some Sapphic sorority house true confessions. It’s like a spiritual experience — but funny.

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Jon Stewarts Takes Down Bill Bennett (June 6, 2006)

This is Stewart at his pure gold best, relentlessly hammering right-wing values guru William Bennett on the fundamental unfairness and mean-spiritedness of denying same-sex couples the right to marry.

A great deal of this interview’s power comes from the obvious pain and anger Stewart feels at Bennett’s unwillingness to concede that, just as Dick Cheney opposes a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage because of his support for his lesbian daughter, the reality is that every lesbian and gay man is someone’s child. No one does angry better than Stewart.

And seeing William Bennett get his butt kicked is always a plus.

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