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Vikings’ Chris Kluwe to Stephen Colbert on gays in the NFL locker room: ‘Um, you’d be surprised’ (video)

Jan 9, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe appeared on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night, and as one can imagine, hilarity ensued. Kluwe described his job as being “a professional surrenderer,” which is a tremendous way of looking at the position of punter. And then, of course, Stephen Colbert bored in on Kluwe’s political views.

First up was the issue of gay rights. As you recall from earlier this year, Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. urged Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to censure the Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo, who had spoken out in support of gay marriage. Kluwe then wrote an open letter to Burns, admonishing him for his “vitriolic hatred and bigotry.”

Colbert attempted to tackle Kluwe with his trademark faux-conservative rhetoric:

COLBERT: “Why would you support gay marriage? You’re in the most hyper-masculine sport in the world. Football players are a thousand miles from gay.”

KLUWE: “Um, you’d be surprised.”

COLBERT: “No, no, no, no, men in tight pants pattin’ each other on the butt, there’s nothing gay about that. It’s like ‘Get that butt out of my face! Get it out of here! They’re so angry.’ … What led you to do this?”

KLUWE: “The reason I wrote the letter is, as an elected official, delegate Burns does not have the right to stifle someone’s free speech. That’s the first amendment. So when he wrote that letter … it really kind of irked me as an American because that’s not what this country is about. … I firmly believe that people are people,and deserve to be treated the same as everyone else.”

COLBERT: “It’s easy to play the people are people card. Everyone out there (in the audience) is a person. That’s pandering.”

Later …

COLBERT: “You’ve been very vocal about gun control. Do you believe we should have more guns?”

KLUWE: “I believe guns should be controlled more.”

COLBERT: “Should gay people be allowed to have guns?”

KLUWE: “If they want to …”

COLBERT: “I’m against it, I’m against it. It’s going to make those parades even more frightening.”

  1. skids003 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    And these people are on TV with their views?

    • texangirl - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      The American media outlets are very powerful. Only one side is discussed and if the other side speaks the media finds a way to spin it to make the other side look bad. Sort of like Hilter’s mindset. America is going down that road.

      • skids003 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        I totally agree with you here. The scary part is that half the population believes what the media feeds them.

        • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

          Colbert does a better job reporting on the issues than extremist Feaux News or Mostly Slanted NBC would ever do, and sadly the latter is where most people seem to go for their “news” depending on which side of the fence they are on.

  2. cur68 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    When I fear for America going down the road of rigid theocracy and reactionary rhetoric as policy along comes people like Colbert, Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo to remind me that not everyone over there believes in such utter crap. I salute you, gentlemen.

    • texangirl - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Going down the road of rigid theocracy? You’ve been listening to MSNBC for too long. Hitler’s thinking was of a theocracy. America has been the same since the beginning. All of our leaders have always respected God and have looked to Him for guidance. America has always been great but lately it seems some people want to change the early history of America. Colbert is a comedian, a Christian and a very funny man.

      • cur68 - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Tut, tut. Mention of Hitler AUTOMATICALLY brings this discussion to an end. I stopped reading right there. Good day.