Did Stephen Colbert go too far?

Stephen Colbert Finally Responds To Criticism Of His ‘Homophobic’ Trump Joke

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Everyone from Daniel Radcliffe to a room full of U.S. construction workers to Kim Jung-Un have been critical of Trump’s behaviour recently, so it’s no real surprise that many believe he’s the worst president in U.S. history.

Despite us all becoming used to huge amounts of Trump criticism, certain jibes go above and beyond the norm. That was certainly the case with Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Monday.

In case you missed the intense and vulgar monologue, check the video below:

Shortly after the monologue aired, the #FireColbert was trending on Twitter and Trump supporters responded with anger.

Colbert was criticised for a homophobic joke directed at Trump

And it wasn’t long before a merchandise range was released (what a world we live in huh?!)

#FireColbert mug

And a dedicated ‘FireColbert’ Twitter channel was set-up which has just shy of 1,000 followers, complete with its very own website: http://firecolbert.com/.

So it’s fair to say the backlash was pretty intense, and understandably so. Although having a dig at Trump is a popular thing to do, many have claimed that Colbert’s slurs were homophobic.

Colbert started his show with a

Many viewers tuned in to Tuesday’s show where they were sure Colbert would touch on what had become a global story. No mention. Colbert also remained silent on Twitter, a platform he’s often prolific on. And there was no response from either the comedian’s or the shows’ spokespeople.

However, finally, Colbert did address the issue on the opening monologue of his Wednesday show. A show he started by celebrating the fact that he was still the host, thrusting his arms in the air and smiling widely at the audience.

“Now,” he continued, “folks, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine. So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that.

“I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So it’s a fair fight.”

He did however express a certain amount of regret over this choice of wording. You can watch the monologue in full below.

The key phrase from that monologue being:

“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 in their own way, is to me an American hero. I think we can all agree on that.”

I guess you could quantify that as an apology of sorts – certainly not to Trump, but perhaps to members of the LGBT community.

Homophobia has no place in 2017. News from Russia that claims homophobic ‘concentration’ camps exist in Chechnya or why male politicians were holding hands in The Netherlands are just two examples of the tough times still faced by LGBT people across the globe.

However, in this particular context I feel that Colbert’s words were purely out of anger towards Trump, and nothing else. But that’s nothing more than my personal opinion. As you’ve seen from the numerous Tweets, the fact that #FireColbert was trending and a bizarre merchandise range, not everyone agrees with me.

 

What’s for sure is the network are most likely (secretly) pleased that Colbert’s comments garnered such a strong reaction, as the ratings were very juicy on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Perhaps the world can move on now the (sort of) apology has been made on air. But given Colbert’s distaste for the Trump administration, it’s probably only a matter of time before a similar story breaks. Watch this space.

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