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These Guys Used North Carolina’s HB2 to Prove Arbitrary Discrimination Doesn’t Make Any Sense

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Hate Not Here

Over the past year, you’ve probably heard people arguing about going to the bathroom.

And we’re not talking about incontinence. We’re talking about the very-real legal, social, and personal fight being waged in toilets across the nation: it’s largely fueled by personal-rights advocates and harmful, disparaging stereotypes about gender and identity.

Though steeped in arguments about personal safety, morality, and decency, the core issue being fought about here is one of privilege and acceptance, a tale as old as time we’ve seen disguise itself through sex, race, orientation, and more. It’s easy to disregard this battle for the bathrooms as insignificant, saying “Who cares where someone pees?” and pretending that this changes nothing, but the fact of the matter is that bathroom rights are just the tip of the iceberg as far as related legislation is concerned.

At the forefront of this battle is the state of North Carolina, which rapidly passed its Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, better known as House Bill 2 or HB2, last March, much to the dismay of many private institutions and the public at large. Considered by some as the most anti-LGBT legislation in the country today, HB2 prevents municipalities in North Carolina from passing or enforcing anti-discrimination policies. This means that businesses have the right to refuse service based on the perceived orientation of its customers— the key word here being perceived.

Sound ridiculous? Yes, it is. To show just how absurd this law is, these pranksters decided to have a little fun by using the law against North Carolinians to show them just what kind of inane policies their politicians instated. What would you do if this happened to you?

daily show prank hb2 no gays allowed

Source: YouTube/ The Daily Show

Is this the world we want to live in?