The local backlash against N.C. Sen. James Forrester of Gaston County continued this weekend at the Sept. 24 “Sexy Liberal Comedy” show at Thomas Wolf Auditorium, as attendees set up a punching bag decorated with his mug in the lobby.
In this short video, Asheville resident Joe Cobble cites Forrester’s sponsorship of a proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution that would ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits, as a reason he set up the bag.
Likewise, during her performance, national progressive talk show host and headliner Stephanie Miller celebrated Asheville for its “sinful” activity and slammed Forrester as a bigot. Before the show, Asheville resident Mike Blankenship presented her with a sign he made that equates Forrester and other Republicans with Nazism. Local designers have also been scrolling Forrester’s words sarcastically on t-shirts.