Stephen Colbert, “Late Show” host, facing backlash for a joke he made about President Donald Trump on Monday night that according to many is homophobic.
Colbert went off on Trump over the President’s treatment of CBS News, during his opening monologue, John Dickerson, who saw an interview with Trump abruptly ended when he asked about the President’s unproven claims that then-President Obama had wiretapped Trump and members of his campaign.
Dickerson and Colbert being both CBS employers, Colbert felt its duty to say the things Dickerson himself couldn’t.
“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine,” Colbert said near the end of the insult-laden rant. “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.”The internet’s ire,with viewers taking to social media to declare Colbert is homophobic has been drawn with the last remark.
Around Twitter The hashtag #FireColbert began spreading together with the people’s calls for boycotting sponsors of the late-night show.
Immediate response was not made by CBS to Variety’s request for comment.
Of course this was not the first campaign to get Colbert pulled off the air.
Back in 2014 when he was hosting “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, that show’s official Twitter account posted a message saying, ““I am willing to show Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The tweet’s purpose was to satirize Daniel Snider, the owner of Washington Redskins, who started a charity to benefit Native Americans.
The tweet was percived as racial assault on Asians and Asian americans leading to the creation of the hashtag #CancelColbert. Colbert reveled in the controversy, however, even promoting it on future episodes of “The Colbert Report.
What remains to be seen is if and how he will respond to the current firestorm.