An interesting segment from Stephen Colbert last week, that I’d heard about, but only just got to watching. It’s about Johnny Cummings, the gay mayor of small-town Vicco, Kentucky.
If anything, what struck me as most interesting about the video was that I was getting a bit annoyed at the audience laughing at the Vicco locals having “hick” accents. It just seemed a bit odd, and judging by the only sporadic laughter, others in the audience seemed to share my feeling.
Having said that, once you get to the end of the video, and see the “hicks” townspeople so supportive of the mayor, and of him being gay, you finally understand that they’re not hicks at all. They’re pretty damn good people. So, in retrospect, I’m kind of glad that Colbert handled the video this way. He almost sucker-punches you into laughing at the townspeople at the beginning of the video, only to force you to reevaluate at the end.
Pretty neat video, and town.