FCC Investigating Stephen Colbert Over Trump Joke

FCC Investigating Stephen Colbert Over Trump Joke

May 5, 2017 – Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, has confirmed that the agency will be looking into an alleged homophobic joke made by Stephen Colbert during a recent installment of “The Late Show.” Colbert’s monologue targeting President Trump inspired the quickly trending “#FireColbert” campaign and a call for sponsors to boycott the show. Per Pai:

“I have had a chance to see the clip now and so, as we get complaints — and we’ve gotten a number of them — we are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action. Traditionally, the agency has to decide, if it does find a violation, what the appropriate remedy should be. A fine, of some sort, is typically what we do.”

FCC Investigating Stephen Colbert Over Trump Joke

Colbert has since commented on the issue:

“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” he said. “I’m not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that.”

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  1. They have to investigate legally based on a number of complaints. If they lose advertising, he’ll be gone….otherwise social media outrage won’t matter. It’s all absurd. He’s a comedian….don’t like him?….don’t watch. It was admittedly a bit much….but that’s what they do. Insulting ‘Oblacka’ just reveals your bigoted bias and lack of principle….politics trigger us all….don’t be stupid about it. Grow up.