It’s pretty safe to assume that by now most Americans have heard about the Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal. It’s definitely been a situation that’s brought about quite the heated debate among those who think his actions were deplorable and those who think beating a 4-year-old child with a wooden stick until they bleed is “just good discipline.”
On Tuesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity decided to take the debate in another direction when he pathetically suggested that convicting Peterson of child abuse may lead to it being illegal for parents to teach their kids that homosexuality isn’t natural.
The message I took from his comments was that he’s afraid that parents might not be able to “beat the gay” out of their children. Otherwise I’m not quite sure why anyone would compare human sexuality to the brutal beating of a 4-year-old child. It would seem Hannity would be perfectly fine with a parent using Peterson’s tactics to “teach their child that homosexuality is wrong.”
But fear not, because Jon Stewart has assured Hannity that his brand of hate and ignorance will always be legal.
Responding to Hannity’s comments, Stewart said, “Seriously, your special brand of spiteful ignorance will always be legal. And profitable, so sleep well, friend.”
Stewart then sarcastically recalled the “good ol’ days” when the media obsessed over whether or not the NFL would be able to handle an openly gay player in the league. That having an openly gay player on an NFL roster might be too much of a “distraction.”
“Remember those days?” he asked. “How scared the NFL was back then, that a gay man would ruin their league? Oh, what the NFL wouldn’t do right now for that kind of distraction!”
I think it goes without saying that these are some of the darkest days the NFL has seen in quite some time. But it’s mostly been their own fault. If they had handled these situations from a standpoint of what’s right and wrong, they wouldn’t be in the middle of this public relations nightmare.
But when it comes to someone like Hannity, who’s trying to use this scandal to fear monger about a completely unrelated subject, Stewart is absolutely right.
Hannity’s brand of ignorance and hate will always be legal – and it will always be profitable. Because there will always be millions of people dumb enough to buy into it.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: