‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Wants to Ride the Antigay Pizzeria Gravy Train

Memories Pizza in Indiana received $842,442 in donations over the course of five days.
Apr 7, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Josh Scherer has written for Epicurious, Thrillist, and Los Angeles magazine. He is constantly covered in corn chip crumbs.



Of all the backlash from Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act—artists pulling out of concerts, the NCAA voicing concern with the Final Four being held in a a discriminatory environment, politicians banning nonessential government travel to the state of Indiana—it was a small town pizza shop that attracted the biggest media firestorm.

After Crystal O'Connor, co-owner of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana (population 2,200), announced on a local news outlet that she would not cater a gay wedding, the business' website was hacked, flooded with negative Yelp reviews, and allegedly threatened with vandalism. When Memories Pizza announced it was closing its doors on April 4, it became a symbol for what one side of the argument viewed as religious freedom and the opposition viewed as bigotry.

Then conservative super-pundit Glenn Beck came to the rescue! His website The Blaze set up a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $25,000 "to relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith." That goal was surpassed within the first 24 hours of the campaign, and after three days the campaign finished with $842,000, making it the second-most-successful GoFundMe campaign of all time.

Seeing how rich the owners of Memories Pizza had become, The Daily Show Senior Caucasian Correspondent Jordan Klepper—and that is his official title—spoke to Jon Stewart about a few business ventures of his own.

Klepper says he plans to open Recollections Pizza, whose slogan will be "Come one, come everybody who isn't gay...and immigrants. Won't serve immigrants." When Stewart accuses him of trying to profit off bigotry, Klepper proclaims, "I'm just a liberty-loving American trying to serve some home-cooked food with a dash of charm and a pinch of absolutely no immigrants. And I don't know, no Muslims."

Though the antigay pizzeria ship has likely sailed, it's still better than Klepper's other idea: "Deja Vu Meatballs...no Jews."