Walter Masterson at the Connetquot school board meeting. (Walter Masterson/Twitter)
A progressive comedian has hit back at a district school board’s anti-LGBTQ+ flag policy with a hilarious satirical speech.
Comedian Walter Masterson attended a Coneetquot School District board meeting in New York on Tuesday, October 11, where he parodied mainstream Republican views.
The council came under fire from pro-LGBTQ+ activists after a teacher at Connetquot High School was reprimanded for refusing to remove a Progress Pride flag in his classroom.
I watched the school board meeting at Connetquot after a teacher took down the Progress Pride flag. pic.twitter.com/2gleJ73ThX
— Walter Masterson (@waltermasterson) October 13, 2022
Donning the stars and stripes and wearing a camouflage baseball cap, Masterson told committee members he loved freedom of speech, “except when it comes to school pride flags.”
“There’s a whole list of books I want banned from the school library,” he continued sarcastically. “I want to ban kneeling in football matches.
“The fact is that we have to protect our children, that’s why we need more security in our schools. We need cops patrolling the hallway. We should also hire cops as teachers. And the students, they should be cops too, like in 21 Jump St.
Masterson posted the hilarious clip in a Twitter post from Thursday, October 13 with the caption: “Following the school board meeting in Connetquuot after a teacher removed the Progress Pride flag.”
Several users in the comments pointed out that the parody was perhaps a little too subtle for some audience members, proving that nothing is too weird for Republicans.
“I love how the kids were laughing about it, but the adults in MAGA were cheering and nodding,” said one user, while another pointed out that it was “so hard to tell if the crowd responded because she understood the joke or involuntarily”. agree with the rhetoric.
‘Sorry you’re gonna have to make it less believable for us,’ another said.
The speech mirrors an equally satirical stunt pulled by LGBTQ+ comedian Joe Lycett, who sarcastically said he was “very right-wing” during an episode of Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.
Connetquot School District Under Investigation After Pride Flag Removal
In response to the Connetquot School incident, New York Governor Kathy Hochul ordered a human rights investigation into the school district.
Hochul was made aware of a potential breach of human rights law by Dr. David Kilmnick according to Long Island Press.
In a letter sent to the governor, he explained that the teacher was first asked to remove the Progress Pride flag in September, but refused.
She was then brought into the principal’s office and took down the flag on October 6. Kilmnick notes that no other teachers had been asked to remove the flags.
Kilmnick further added that the actions were a “clear violation” of the All Student Dignity Act and that he looked forward to “an immediate investigation” into the incident.
“Governor. Hochul is committed to protecting the human rights of New Yorkers and has directed the Division of Human Rights to investigate potential violations,” a spokesperson for Hochul’s office said.