Larry Wilmore Just Shut Down People Comparing Kim Davis to MLK

September 9th 2015

Sarah Gray

Larry Wilmore joined the list of celebrities and comedians responding to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis was released from a Kentucky jail Tuesday, under the condition that she not interfere with the issuing of marriage licenses.

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On Tuesday, “The Nightly Show” returned from a brief hiatus and Wilmore did not hold back. Wilmore specifically took aim at those comparing Davis to Civil Rights Movement hero Martin Luther King, Jr. (The hashtag #MLKim made its rounds on Twitter last week with people both mocking and ridiculing Davis.)

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“Let me see if I’ve got this right, a lady forcing her religious beliefs onto an entire community by refusing to do her job reminds you of King’s 7,000-word meditation on non-violence and racism in the church,” Wilmore stated. “I haven’t seen someone miss the point so dramatically since they made Robert DeNiro the intern in "The Intern." It just doesn’t make sense.”

Wilmore explained further how Davis and King could not be more dissimilar.

“Martin Luther King was actually in opposition to the church’s unwillingness to support the oppressed,” Wilmore said. “Kim Davis, on the other hand, is using her church to oppress people even more.”

He also had his own Civil Rights-era figure to compare Davis to: former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who infamously tried to block the integration of University of Alabama by blocking the door—directly flouting the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that separate but equal was not constitutional.

“That’s what Kim Davis sounds like—less like ‘Letters from a Birmingham Jail’ and more like words from an Alabama bigot,” Wilmore said.

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