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.