The internet is buzzing today after news spread that Tennessee Sen. Stacey Campfield was asked to leave a Knoxville restaurant in response to inflammatory, anti-gay comments on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Radio.
Campfield sponsored a bill that would bar teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and he recently said in an interview that it is “virtually impossible” to contract HIV from heterosexual sex and that AIDS originated by a man having sex with a monkey.
Martha Boggs, the owner of Knoxville’s The Bistro at the Bijou, asked Campfield to leave after he tried to dine at her establishment.
Following the incident, Boggs posted a status on her restaurant’s Facebook page which read, “I hope that Stacy (sic) Campfield now knows what it feels like to be unfairly discriminated against.”
Metropulse reports that Boggs later clarified her actions in an interview. “I didn’t want his hate in my restaurant,” she said. “I told him he wasn’t welcome here. … I feel like he’s gone from being stupid to being dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him.”
Martha Boggs called in to the Michelangelo Signorile Show to discuss exactly what happened in her restaurant. You can listen to the interview above.
Good for Martha Boggs for standing up to a bigot.
And whenever you’re in Knoxville, make sure you eat at her restaurant.