There is a story long since discredited but still resurfacing from time to time, that holds that George Smather defeated Claude Pepper in the 1950 race for Senator from Florida, telling voters that Pepper’s brother was a known Homo Sapien, that he had a sister who was a former thespian and that Pepper himself was well-known in Washington as an extrovert and had practiced celibacy before marriage.
Even if the story were true, all of these are non-controversial statements to anyone who is willing to take the time to look up the meanings of the words. We are all Homo Sapien, a thespian is an actor, an extrovert simply has an outgoing personality and of course anyone who isn’t married is celibate.
While the story is untrue, anyone who has seen one of Steve Allen’s man on the street segments, or more recently, Jimmy Kimmel’s street interviews or Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” knows that there are many among us who would rather react to what they think a word might mean than admit that they didn’t understand the question.
In this video, Joseph Costello walks the streets of Austin, Texas — a relatively progressive city in a bright “red” state — asking people if they would be willing to vote for an admitted heterosexual for President. He proves once again that many people would rather take a chance on looking silly than admit they don’t understand a question.
Prepare to be entertained and watch the interesting answers he received in the video below.
h/t: Quiet Assasins