John M. Becker

Gay Jokes in Lake Wobegon?

Filed By John M. Becker | November 04, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: casual homophobia, Garrison Keillor, gay joke, Minnesota, Prairie Home Companion

garrison-keillor-headshot.jpgLegendary radio host Garrison Keillor cracked a gay joke on last weekend's episode of A Prairie Home Companion:

Well Jim and John had to share a room one night in a hotel.
Jim said "I snore so bad I doubt you'll sleep that well."
And John kissed him on the cheek; he said "Sweetheart, it's alright."
Jim went and sat in a chair and he stayed awake all night.

(Click here for audio. The joke is at 34:57.)

The transcript comes via Aksarbent, who also points out that Keillor had to apologize back in 2007 for a column where he said that if gay men "want to be accepted as couples and daddies... the flamboyance may have to be brought under control."

In 2012, however, Keillor lent his support to Minnesotans United for All Families, a group that sought to beat back a marriage discrimination amendment (and successfully did so).

What do you think? Is Keillor an ally who just made an ill-advised joke, or does his quip reveal some latent homophobia? Are you upset by his joke, or is it much ado about nothing?

h/t: Joe. My. God.

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