Stephen Colbert on Coke Ad: ‘Since When Are Gays Allowed to Gay Up’ a Song Written by a Lesbian? (Video)

Stephen Colbert weighed in on Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl commercial featuring a multi-lingual rendition of “America the Beautiful,” as well as a pair of openly gay parents, and said no one would be more offended than the gay woman who wrote the lyrics in 1895.

“For Pete’s sake! Since when are gays allowed to gay up ‘America the Beautiful’?” Colbert asked during “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday. “If the woman who wrote this song, Katharine Lee Bates, saw this ad, she would be disgusted. And so would her life partner, Katharine Coman, with whom she lived for 25 years in what was then referred to as a ‘Boston marriage.’”



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