Annoying subway preacher meets his match: Lea DeLaria from Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black puts obnoxious anti-gay Christian preacher in his place.
In a video posted by TMZ, DeLaria, sporting a “BAD JEW” t-shirt, decides to take issue with religious nonsense being spouted by a subway preacher on a commuter train.
After listening to the subway preacher yelling at a train full of people, proselytizing about “why America is in so much trouble today,” DeLaria went off:
You’re part of the reason America’s in trouble. Religious fanatics are the reason America’s in trouble, sir: the Tea Party, ultra-creepy Christians and conservatives. You are the reason America’s in trouble.
DeLaria tells the subway preacher:
Slate sums up the subway incident thus:
Other people believe other things and have every right to believe other things on this planet and in this world…
We do not have to be force fed this man’s religious beliefs. Jesus never said for you to do this, ever. Not anywhere in the bible. Show me anywhere in the bible where it says it’s okay for you to do this. You show me where Jesus told you to do this. And don’t just read me one quote sir, you gotta read me the whole thing. Because about two lines after what you’re about to read me, it’s gonna tell you not to eat pork. It’s gonna tell you not to wear clothes that are made of mixed fiber. Don’t come at me, because I went to f—–g Catholic school for twelve years and I know every line.
….DeLaria decides to, putting it gently, engage with a train pastor, and her responses, while heated, are impressively controlled. Textual hermeneutics are debated, uses of public space challenged, and in the end, DeLaria does what many a strap-hanger has only fantasized about—annoy the annoyer.
DeLaria plays prison inmate Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black on Netflix’s monster hit Orange Is the New Black. The first openly gay comic to break the late-night talk-show barrier with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, DeLaria has performed stand-up comedy for over 25 years.
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