May 3rd, 2017 – Late Show host Stephen Colbert is under fire for telling a joke that many believe crossed a line. Colbert has made his ratings skyrocket in the past few months by ramping up his targeted Trump jokes. Monday night, he was true to form and fired off blow-by-blows, but it was the line about Trump’s mouth being a, um, holder of sorts that made #FireColbert trend.
The monologue for the evening was called “This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President” and towards the end, Colbert found himself coming to the defense of fellow CBS employee John Dickerson. The reporter had recently been engaged in a viral interview which Trump abruptly ended after Dickerson kept pressing him on the still unfounded claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
“Let me introduce you to something we call ‘The Tiffany Way,'” Colbert began. “When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us all. Ba-zinga! Here we go.”
And off he went with the roast:
“Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency. I call it ‘Disgrace The Nation.'”
“You’re a regular Gorge Washington.”
“You’re turning into a real prick-tator.”
“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine ”
“You have more people marching against you than cancer.”
“You talk like a sign language gorilla that got hit in the head.”
“In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”
Colbert rattled off a couple more jokes, but out of the entire roast battle it was the Vladimir Putin c–k holster joke that sent people into a tizzy. There were those who thought the joke was a homophobic slur. There were those who said a joke like that would have never been allowed if it was said against President Obama. People also called out many who threw Jesse Watters under the bus for a sly comment about the way Ivanka was holding a microphone but were giving Colbert a pass. And to round out the hysteria, people also held up a mirror to champions of free speech who just last week were up in arms about Ann Coulter not being allowed to say what many categorize as hate speech.
And for good measure, some people also brought up what was said on that Access Hollywood bus by our current president.
Remember when you elected a president who admitted to touching unwilling women but want the comedian fired for a lewd joke?#firecolbert
#FireColbert is still a growing hashtag, @firecolbert has been created on Twitter, and firecolbert.com now exists. CBS and Colbert haven’t released any statements but the bleeped joke still seems to be causing a lot of bleeping problems for them.
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