“This is a guy who spends all day, every day, meticulously designing flowers out of icing,” says America’s Conscience about Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips. A Twitter pal rephrases his point: “Jimmy Kimmel: Being an artist is gay.” You can take the boy out of “The Man Show” but you can’t take “The Man Show” out of the boy, I guess.
You can watch the clip at the Daily Caller but the whole riff is brief enough that a transcript will suffice:
“Speaking of great people, remember that baker from Colorado who won the Supreme Court case after he refused to make a wedding cake for the same-sex couple? Well he’s back in court because of another cake he doesn’t want to bake,” he said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“The Colorado civil rights division says [Phillips] has to bake it for them. And he doesn’t want to. Which is really funny,” Kimmel added. “Because this is a guy who spends all day, every day, meticulously designing flowers out of icing. His whole life is gay.”…
“I don’t know if he’s worried the wrong cake might bring that to life or what. And I will add, this is Jack Phillips, the totally straight cake baker,” Kimmel continued. “You would think that someone who looks like the Reba McEntire version of Colonel Sanders would be more sympathetic to gender identity issues.”
The worst, absolute worst, part of this is that Kimmel’s going to try to swat away the criticism by pretending he was complimenting Phillips. What greater honor could a right-thinking progressive bestow on someone, he’ll intone, than to suggest that he’s latently gay and maybe has a touch of gender dysphoria? When a liberal calls you a mincing fag, know that he means it with the utmost respect.
This isn’t the first time Kimmel’s taken a shot at Phillips, which is to be expected. If you understand modern late-night comedy as post-Daily-Show church for liberals, then cultural enemies like a rando baker in Colorado who was nearly put out of business by the state are naturally of interest. He’s been known to distort the issue in Phillips’s case too. In February, to supposedly illustrate the question in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, he ran a skit in which a lesbian character was served day-old salad rather than fresh because her orientation offended the chef’s religious beliefs. Phillips has never flatly refused to serve a gay customer, nor has he attempted to insult any by deliberately selling them lower-quality goods. His moral line is drawn at custom designs: He won’t make a cake with a message, or for a specific event, which his faith tells him is wrong. You would think a woke late-nighter in the Trump era would at least pause at the thought of handing the state power to compel reluctant citizens to express ideas they don’t want to express. As it is, by 2020 Trump might have this guy telling statutorily mandated jokes about the Democratic nominee.
Which, let’s face it, is the only way you’ll ever hear the Democratic nominee disparaged on Kimmel’s show.
Here’s how Phillips spends his days now, by the way:
In late September 2017, someone emailed Phillips asking for a custom cake “to celebrate” Satan’s “birthday.” The customer requested that the cake have “red and black icing” and include “an upside down cross, under the head of Lucifer.” The customer described the cake as “religious in theme” and reminded Phillips that “religion is a protected class.” Phillips declined to create that cake because it included designs that would have expressed messages in violation of his religious beliefs. A few days later, someone called Phillips asking for a similar custom cake. Phillips noticed that “Scardina” appeared on the caller-identification screen. Phillips believes that the caller was [attorney] Autumn Scardina. The caller asked Phillips to create a “birthday” cake for Satan. The caller requested that the cake feature a red and black theme and an image of Satan smoking marijuana. Phillips declined to create that cake because it included designs that would have expressed messages in violation of his religious beliefs.
The last request he got came in June, when someone — possibly Scardina again — requested a cake showing Satan licking a nine-inch dildo. With an extra-special request: “I would like the dildo to be an actual working model.” Kimmel might find comfort in that. “This Christian closet case might be winning in court but at least he still has to take periodic phone calls about Satan and dildos, thank God.“