Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has signed into the law the bill passed last week by the state legislature, to legalize discrimination by both public employees and private businesses against gay couples, transgender people, and even those who have premarital sex. (Though as the bill's sponsor said, it's really just meant to be against the LGBT community.)
And on social media, the state has instantly become a widespread focus of ridicule. So here's a collection of some of it.
Many of these tweets are from well known writers, some are celebrities — and others are just regular people out there who had something witty to say. (Though just to be on the safe side, we have avoided outright usage of vulgarity.) They are presented in roughly the order that this author first spotted them.
Disappointing that Mississippi Gov @PhilBryantMS signed H.B. 1523. IBM strongly opposes this discriminatory bill. https://t.co/BjGV8VQbzi— IBMPolicy (@IBMPolicy) 1459877857.0
Bet Mississippi Gov. @PhilBryantMS will get some Twitter traffic today, because Mississippi tourism sure as hell won't. #LoveWins— Frances Langum 🧶 #BidenHarris2020 (@Frances Langum 🧶 #BidenHarris2020) 1459877894.0
Mississippi ranks last in education & median household income but governor is more concerned about the gays. Hey, yall are #1 in bigotry now— The Gay Burn Book (@The Gay Burn Book) 1459877795.0
How sad. Poor Mississippi, drifting backwards in time, floating away from us and humanity. https://t.co/YqGmRhLjQO— Neil Gaiman (@Neil Gaiman) 1459881120.0
I dare @PhilBryantMS to talk to a transwoman like me born and raised and educated in Mississippi! #idareyouphil #abcnews #cbsnews— Coach Blossom C. Brown (@Coach Blossom C. Brown) 1459877094.0
Way to live down to the stereotype, @PhilBryantMS. I shouldn’t have to be embarrassed to tell people where I live. https://t.co/Rf3IWxFmeU— Gary Parrish (@Gary Parrish) 1459874754.0
Welcome to #Mississippi, the hospitality state that says you're okay only if you're straight and married! #HB1523 #ShameOnPhil— ACLU of Mississippi (@ACLU of Mississippi) 1459874147.0
Mississippi has the highest rate of poverty in the nation but they are passing laws to make sure that Gay people can't engage in commerce 😒— Human in the process of achieving freedom (@Human in the process of achieving freedom) 1459877888.0
Mississippi Chamber of Commerce right now: https://t.co/RHUwH8TzG8— Adam Goldstein (@Adam Goldstein) 1459875433.0
Good news, Mississippi gay couples! As non-citizens, you no longer have to pay state taxes. https://t.co/f3LWMC8UdM— Scott Bixby (@Scott Bixby) 1459874708.0
Dinosaur... Last gasps of the... https://t.co/4DJLBNA3Ph— Fred Castillo (@Fred Castillo) 1459879584.0
The universe reads of Mississippi's law allowing blatant discrimination against LGBT citizens: jobs, housing,... https://t.co/3Nqmg1tf7T— Christmas Carol, M.S. (@Christmas Carol, M.S.) 1459879527.0