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.
— IBMPolicy (@IBMpolicy) April 5, 2016
— Blue Gal/Fran (@bluegal) April 5, 2016
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 (@SouthernHomo) April 5, 2016
How sad. Poor Mississippi, drifting backwards in time, floating away from us and humanity. https://t.co/YqGmRhLjQO
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) April 5, 2016
I see North Carolina and Mississippi lawmakers are doing they're damndest to make sure we all know they're not gay.
— Hutch (@z0mgItsHutch) April 5, 2016
State With Confederate Flag In State Flag Has Bad Public Policy
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) April 5, 2016
Shocking to hear that discrimination might find a home in the state of Mississippi.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 5, 2016
— BLOSSOM C. BROWN (@MISSBLOSSOM9210) April 5, 2016
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) April 5, 2016
— ACLU of Mississippi (@ACLU_MS) April 5, 2016
— Michael Dylan Lewis⚓ (@dylan_lewis3) April 5, 2016
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 😒
— Black Kenny (@Kenm215) April 5, 2016
Mississippi Chamber of Commerce right now: pic.twitter.com/RHUwH8TzG8
— Adam Goldstein (@A_H_Goldstein) April 5, 2016
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) April 5, 2016
Good news, Mississippi gay couples! As non-citizens, you no longer have to pay state taxes. https://t.co/f3LWMC8UdM
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) April 5, 2016
The universe reads of Mississippi's law allowing blatant discrimination against LGBT citizens: jobs, housing,… pic.twitter.com/3Nqmg1tf7T
— Carol Terry (@Carolcdt) April 5, 2016
mississippi didnt ratify the 13th amendment until early 2013 https://t.co/HJyPPRMouF
— BERT MACKLIN™ (@gayprotag) April 5, 2016