Daily Show mocks Mississippi, Delbert Hosemann

You’d think Mississippi had a new book or movie coming out.

In the last few weeks, the state has made the rounds on Saturday Night Live, the Colbert Report — and now, the Daily Show.

Truly, you can’t pay for this sort of publicity. …Not that we’d want to.

Mississippi’s latest claim to infamy was for a paperwork filing blunder that Jerry Mitchell first reported over the weekend. The Magnolia State didn’t officially ratify the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery until this month — some 148 years after Congress first adopted it.

Jon Stewart, who hosts the Daily Show, even led off the segment with a winking nod toward our image problems.

“Reputations are hard to change … like Mississippi,” Stewart said. “Every time it opens it’s mouth you’re like, oh, please don’t say the ‘n-word,’ please don’t say the ‘n-word,’ please don’t say the ‘n-word.’”

Then, he cuts to a news clip explaining that we just now officially outlawed slavery.

Clarion Ledger
2/21/13