Jon Stewart will walk away from "The Daily Show" Aug. 6, and when he does, he'll be feeling pretty okay with the social good he's done during his 16+ years on the fake-news program. In his words, he'll have "solved many of the world's problems." One problem, he admits, remains unsolved: Eureka Springs, the small city in rural, red-state Arkansas that "refuses to open its eyes to [its] bigotry."
In a segment that aired during Wednesday's "Daily Show," Stewart sends correspondent Jordan Klepper (who, good news, will be sticking around post-Stewart) off to the city to get a pulse on the place. In the wake of the recently passed anti-discrimination Ordinance 2223, he wants to understand exactly how ignorant and in denial the townspeople are.
Klepper sits down with Pastor Randall Christy, a vocal opponent of the ordinance, who tells him that, as a Christian, he's felt "deliberately discriminated" against in Eureka Springs. The city, FWIW, is made up of 88% Christians. He goes on to explain that the "energy" has changed quite a bit in the town because of the influx of LGBT people and that "family-oriented" shops have been replaced by "gay-oriented" ones. Asked for examples of "gay-oriented" shops, a long, uncomfortable silence ensues.
Watch the clip courtesy of Comedy Central below: