Last month little 300-person Vicco, Kentucky, became the smallest town in America to pass an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Vicco town council passed the "fairness" measure a short while after voters elected Johnny Cummings, an openly gay resident, as mayor.
For little Vicco, could fame be far behind? Not very. As the local Hazard Herald reports, "Vicco officials in negotiation for possible reality show." More from last night's town meeting:
With a crew from Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" filming from the audience Monday evening, the Vicco city council gave its blessing for negotiations to continue on a possible reality television series...Five production companies have been in contact about the possibility of filming a reality series in Vicco. The leading candidate seems to be the ABC network, Ashley said, adding during Monday’s regular meeting of the city council that ABC is interested in an unscripted series that depicts everyday life in Vicco.
So there's the fame. Now for the backlash, also reported yesterday by WYMT-TV:
While many support the new law, a number of people who came to Monday's meeting say it does more harm than good.Community members packed the small room where the Vicco City Council meets, voicing their concerns about the city's new fairness ordinance."These people are after special benefits, special privileges," said Truman Hurt, "and you can't do that and live in a free country."
The "Colbert Report" was there at last night's meeting. Lots to look forward to.