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Friday, May 5, 2017

Colbert as in Beware


Colbert as in Beware
A cranky opinion for

CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY

The following is the opinion of cranky old man.  Opposing opinions are welcome, but please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head.

WARNING: Some content may be offensive...blame Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert is a political comedian.  He can be very funny.  I know as I have watched him a few times.  I believe he used to be on cable and is now on the late-night circuit on network TV.  I don’t know what channel.  I don’t know what time.  I don’t watch very much network TV, late night or otherwise.  My taste is more reality and lowbrow.  

Apparently, Mr. Colbert is in a bit of trouble for saying nasty things about President Trump.  The worst of what he said, and he said it, so don’t get pissed at me, was that Donald Trump sucks Russian President Putin’s cock.

For this he has been chastised.

What I find interesting is that he is being chastised primarily for the comment being homophobic.  People are angry at Colbert, not for degrading the President of the United States, but for intimating that sucking another man’s cock was a bad thing.  Colbert is homophobic. 

I think the whole thing is hilarious.  I guess you can say just about anything about the President, but do not cast aspersions on the gay community.  Perhaps Colbert should issue an apology.

“I am very sorry for saying, with a negative connotation, that President Trump sucks Putin’s cock.  I don’t really believe that he does suck Putin’s cock, but of course if he did there would be nothing wrong with that, as that is a perfectly normal and acceptable act.”

That would probably make everyone happy.

I don’t think anything will ultimately come of Colbert’s comment.  Oh he may be suspended for a week, but I doubt it, and I don’t think anything should be done about it.  I believe in free speech, as long as it doesn’t incite bad behavior.  Let entertainers say what they will, and let the chips fall where they may.  

He could have called Trump, Putin’s bitch, but that could be interpreted as homophobic also.  I guess he could have said that Trump is in bed with Putin, also homophobic but not as crude.  Either way I get what he was saying.  I’m a big boy, crude comments don’t bother me, and I can tell the difference between what someone means literally and what is just a nasty figure of speech.

I can’t help but wonder if a comedian made a similar comment about President Obama what would have happened.  I think it would have been a career-ender, maybe not, no way to know for sure.  I do know that just about any criticism of President Obama was called racist.

In defense of Colbert, as if he needs a defense, I believe he was incensed because President Trump walked out on an interview with a friend and co-worker.  Not cool, I agree.  I suspect that Trump agreed to an interview with certain questions declared off limits as often is done with big wig politicians and entertainers, and he was then asked one of those forbidden questions.  I don’t know, just a guess.

Anyway, Colbert was crude and he insulted gay people.  It is ok to insult the President, but leave the gay’s alone.  It is a crazy world we live in.  Different rules of decorum for different people and different groups. 

I might even start to watch Colbert, he is very witty and talented, except I think he is on at the same time as Andy Cohen’s show on Bravo.

I never miss Andy Cohen!

The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.

19 comments:

  1. I have seen very little of Mr. Colbert, so I cannot rightly say anything. It sounds pretty bad, but I think Mr. Trump has very thick skin.

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  2. I have watched him a little here and there. We get up too early in the morning to stay up "late" at night to watch TV (and he comes on an hour earlier here because we're in that mountain time thingy for watching shows). He can be decadently and irreligiously funny. I hadn't heard of this incident you mentioned so can't really comment about it. It doesn't really qualify as sexual harassment so I'm sure he'll be able to maintain his employment and I would imagine if he got a slap on the wrist or whatever, he wouldn't lose any ratings in the long run.

    betty

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  3. What he said was pretty crude. These comedians ride the razor's edge on comedy and cannot fall off as Samantha Bee has recently said. I did not think it was homophobic, but that is the trouble with things like this. We see them through our own colored experiences. I do like Colbert and perhaps he will be a bit more circumspect in the future.

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  4. The irony of it did not get past me either!

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  5. Some days i just don't know how to respond to this stuff, especially before coffee.

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  6. The only thing I watch late night is the inside of my eyelids so I haven't had the pleasure of Mr Colberts witticisms....looks like I'm not missing much.

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  7. I wonder what would have happened if President Obama was caught on tape saying he grabs women's pussy? I bet the outrage in congress would have been deafening......

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    1. I expect there would be some outrage, especially on the Republican side, it would all depend on the context and the place and the time of the comment. Many would probably give him a free pass, even some woman's groups. I guess there is no way to tell for sure.

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  8. This is one person I can't stand. He's nasty and this is just one instance.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  9. I believe Colbert apologized for the comment. I don't think it was a homophobic comment. I've heard straight guys say this jokingly to each other. I guess much of this depends on whether or not you happen to believe the Russian dossier on Trump. Piece by piece it's all proving to be true.

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    1. Actually he did not apologize, not that I feel he has to. He said he probably could have used less offensive terms (or something like that) but he stood by everything he said without any qualms.

      With regards to the rest,

      I'm sorry, I did not think this post was especially political, and rife for partisan politics, it was not my intent, I want this to be a politic free "safe" zone, I thought i was addressing freedom speech. I do not choose to agree or disagree with your assertion.
      Thanks.

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  10. I tape Colbert and usually just watch his monologue. I think that particular night I was turned off by his over zealousness during one part and didn't catch that phrase. Of course a lot he says is bleeped so that is when I may have missed it. Most often he speaks my mind. I just don't like it when anyone turns mean instead of funny and wit becomes just plain crude and blue for shock value.

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  11. Oh, I don't think Colbert would have a job if this was said about Obama. The public is fickle. What's good for one is not necessarily good for another. I can take Colbert or leave him. Sometimes he's funny to me, other times not so much.

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  12. There are a lot of people who seem to believe they need to try and get shows they don't like taken off the air. I choose just not to watch shows I don't like.

    I often like Colbert when I see him. But I don't watch him very often and never actively seek out his show.

    I don't really have the energy to be outraged by entertainers. I hope it was simply last week's outrage of the moment.

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  13. It is a crazy world we live in Joe, it is difficult to know what is perfectly normal and acceptable anymore, let them say what they want as long as they are not hurting anyone, I agree with Harry in that I choose to not watch shows I don't like.

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  14. I haven't watched Colbert's current late night show, but I used to watch him often on Comedy Central. He was a hoot! I think the big stink was he said what he did over public airwaves (answerable to the FCC) available to anyone with a TV antennae, whereas before he was only on cable to subscribers.

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  15. The low life idiot is crude and disrespectful and he reflects all things wrong with America. Consider the remainder of my comments offensive and obscene.

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  16. Personally, I think Steven Colbert is a vulgar, cocksucking asshole. . . Not that there's anything wrong with that. . .

    Actually, I think it's hilarious that he calls the president a cocksucker, and what people get upset about isn't the vulgar insult directed at the president, it's the perceived anti-gay slur (and honestly, I can imagine some gay guys taking the 'slur' as, "yeah, so what?"). More signs along the way that our society is going insane. . .

    And you know damn well that if he'd said that about Obama, he'd have been off the air forever before the show was even over. . .

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  17. Yeah I don't watch him - and from what I have seen, he's just crude. Now days, vulgarity is humor. You see it in movies and tv shows. All sexually explicit innuendos- It gets old.

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