Colbert Introduces America To The Delightful Johnny Cummings, The Openly Gay Mayor Of A Vicco, Kentucky

Last night, in another installment of his amazing “People Who Are Destroying America” segment, Stephen Colbert introduced the world to Johnny Cummings (yes, that’s apparently his real name), the openly gay mayor — who doubles as the town hairdresser — of Vicco, Kentucky, a small town in the state’s mountain region that made headlines for passing a strict law prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians earlier this year.

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, this is one of the more beautiful things the Colbert Report has ever produced. Seeing how a bunch of hillbillies have embraced their gay mayor is both hilarious and heart-warming, and naturally it’s all presented in a faux-ominous tone that wonders, “What if gay tolerance spreads to the rest of small town America?” As Carol Hartsell notes at HuffPo, “Whenever Stephen Colbert debuts one of his “People Who Are Destroying America” segments, you know you’re about to meet someone wonderful.”

And how…

And if you missed it earlier, Colbert also did a fun interview with Kevin Spacey last night.