Ovation: Knoxville’s Bistro At The Bijou Stands Up To Representative Stacey Campbell.
Last Sunday, Martha Boggs, owner of The Bistro at the Bijou, ejected Tennessee State Representative Stacey Campfield from her restaurant. I commend her.
Campfield, author of the ridiculous “Don’t Say Gay” Bill that was passed by the Tennessee Senate last year and awaits a vote in the House has been making national headlines once again. This time, it’s not just because of his discriminatory and bigoted views regarding sexuality in the twenty-first century but by his ludicrous and horribly untrue statements regarding HIV/AIDS.
Representative Campfield, during a recent radio interview on Sirius SM, in no uncertain terms blamed the AIDS virus on men having sex with monkeys and further stated that the disease is “virtually impossible” to contract via heterosexual intercourse. And, contrary to twenty-plus years of scientific research performed around the world, he continues to defend his remarks.
“I didn’t want his hate in my restaurant. I told him he wasn’t welcome here. I feel like he’s gone from being stupid to dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him”. – Martha Boggs, Owner of the Bistro at the Bijou.
The message that he is sending, not only to his constituents but to the entire world, is one of ignorance and intolerance and could have possibly deadly consequences. He’s not simply “ill informed” or “mistaken” he’s simply wrong. And, as he continues to spew untruths for a living, it appears that he’s convinced himself that he’s not. I think he really believes that he’s smarter than the world’s scientists.
Something must be done. As if Representative “Stomping Mudholes” Floyd isn’t doing enough damage with his campaign of ignorance surrounding department store dressing rooms, Campfield appears to be on a mission to make the State of Tennessee a laughingstock in the eyes of fair-minded citizens across the nation. Who will want to open a business in such a backward state? Who will want to send their children to school in Tennessee? Who will want to have a Tennessee institution of higher learning appear on their resume? Who will want to work in Tennessee? Who will want to seek healthcare in Tennessee? This man and his ignorant remarks are doing much more harm to their lives than his constituents appear to comprehend.
Our world needs more people like Martha Boggs. People that are willing to stand up to bullies and say “I’ve had enough … I can’t just watch this insanity happen any longer.”