I've written recently of the troglodyte state Senator from Knoxville who has sponsored homophobic bills in our state legislature, such as the infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill soon to be brought back to the floor of the Senate by this asshole... He's also been in the news lately for comparing homosexuality to bestiality, and defended the recent efforts to protect bullies who hector gays in their schools. In short, a real piece of work.
Well, funny thing happened Sunday at brunch time... Campfield stopped into a restaurant in Knoxville, the town he represents in the state's Senate, and the owner there refused to serve his ass. Here's a snippet from the Facebook entry Bistro at the Bijou posted after sending Mr. Campfield packing:
"I hope that Stacy Campfield now knows what if feels like to be unfairly discrimanted against." From all that I can ascertain, that was a response to not serving him for his well documented views of ignorance and bigotry towards the GLBT community.
Knoxville's Metro Plus had this quote from Bistro owner Martha Boggs:
"I didn't want his hate in my restaurant," Boggs said in a interview this morning. "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."
Apparently, Campfield thinks his civil rights have been violated. Cool. Now he knows how gays feel when the man who's paid to represent them in the state's legislative body spends most of his time expressing hateful and harmful attitudes about their lifestyle.
I hope every restaurant in the fucking state sends this guy out the door when he shows up. Maybe he'll think twice before dissing his own constituents with this kind of attitude.
I called the Bistro but was unable to speak to the owner. After writing her an email thanking her for her courageous stand against bigotry, she wrote this in reply:
Thank you for your comments, it felt good to stand up to a bully who uses his position as an elected offical to discriminate against his constituents.
I'd like to encourage anyone reading this to write Martha Boggs and thank her for her actions: firstname.lastname@example.org is the address. Tell 'em Bob at Squatlo-Rant sent you!