Stephen Colbert has landed himself in hot water with viewers over a vulgar joke he told in the middle of an opening monologue dedicated to President Donald Trump.
“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,” said Colbert during his tirade.
But it was his final statement that has folks up in arms. “In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster.” Gasps could be heard even among Colbert’s studio audience.
It should go without saying at this point that such a joke made at the expense of former President Barack Obama or even Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would have a late-night host fired before 24 hours had even passed. To top it off, any conservative or right-of-center comedian making such a joke would be accused of homophobia — a criticism the media likely won’t throw Colbert’s way, since he says “all the right things” politically, as far as they’re concerned.
People have taken to social media to express their concern over Colbert’s comments and their desire to see the comedian fired. #FireColbert has become one of the top trending topics on Twitter.
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Despite the outrage, Colbert will likely escape all of this unscathed. The rules of respect have been rewritten under President Trump.
The saddest part about the whole affair is that Colbert’s only job is to be funny. His Trump tirades at this point are tired, lazy and annoying. Even his vulgar comment about Trump is just an exhausted attempt by a comedian to stay relevant by taking a swing at a man the media swing at on a constant basis.