Saturday Night Live took on the concept of “praying the gay away” with a summer camp named “New Beginnings,” in which the counselor attempted to turn his gay campers straight before he realized the effort was useless after all the planned activities would likely make the kids “gayer” than they were before.
Camp counselor Marvin attempted to de-gay his campers by explaining that they weren’t born as homosexuals, and despite the fact that he once “loved” being gay — “it felt natural and right” — he came to this camp and became straight himself. Proof of his heterosexuality? He has a clearly repressed wife.
After a couple of very not-straight musical performances and conversations about Ralph Macchio‘s lips in The Outsiders and a scheduled hot-dog eating contest, Marvin gave up and decided to simply dim the lights and let the boys “tear each other apart” because this just isn’t going to work.
Watch the sketch below, via NBC:
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