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Stephen Colbert Makes Amends the Only Way He Knows How: With Over-the-Top Tongue-in-Cheek Offensiveness

By Vivian Kane | Videos | April 2, 2014 | Comments ()


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Unless you spent the last week on a camping trip on the moon, you’ve no doubt heard about the Stephen Colbert Twitter… what’s in between a scandal and a nothing? It’s that. Closer to the ‘nothing’ though. Last week the Colbert Report Twitter account (which is not run by Colbert or, for that matter, anyone at his show) tweeted a joke from that night’s show that, out of context, was really dumb and racist.

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Immediately, a bunch of people who weren’t personally offended (and some that definitely were! but most who were not), they just hated the show anyway and found a temporary sounding board, started the #CancelColbert campaign. Because as we all know, if you want to get something done in this world, start a hashtag.

Last night, Colbert finally spoke out about the campaign, and about his new “foundation,” which he’ll be shutting down, at the expense of his one Asian employee, James.



It’s also important to note that the Colbert Report Twitter account (again, not run by anyone at the show) has been shut down. There’s been a lot of talk of people overreacting to the initial tweet, and it being out of context. But here’s the thing, while the joke on the show was funny, that was a really dumb, shitty thing to take out of context. It made no sense and it WAS offensive. Not as offensive, maybe as the actual foundation that Colbert was skewering, Daniel Snyder’s Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Which, as Stephen said, “Twitter seems to be fine with because I haven’t seen shit about that.” But offensive and dumb nonetheless.


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  • asherlev1

    I'm actually kind of shocked by the dissension in our ranks over this topic. It's Colbert. Case closed?

  • googergieger

    No.

  • lauren

    is there even one person who watched colbert and thought "I didn't understand dan snyder's racism and now, thanks to this offensive joke about asians, I do"? of fucking course not. just because it was satire doesn't mean it wasn't shitty, racist satire that accomplished nothing. and to respond to being called out on his shitty, racist satire by bullying a young woman on tv (a young woman who has, by the way, spent a lot of time speaking out about anti-native racism long before colbert decided to care, and who has now been the recipient of a slew of virulent harassment and death threats from colbert fanboys) in defence of his right to call her a racial slur was a fucking embarrassment.

    white liberals are great allies right up until the moment you ask them to examine their own actions. colbert and the people in these comments who support him genuinely seem to think that they're good people because they're not as violently, openly racist as the awful bigots they mock. but the thing is about bigots is that they're dying out, and they're easy to mock because they're so clearly outrageously wrong. structural racism, and the casual disregard for the rights of racialised communities which has been repeatedly demonstrated by colbert and his writing team, gets to live on because of shit like this.

    ask yourself: if the point of the joke was to be outrageously racist, in parallel to synder's racism, why didn't colbert and his team use african americans and the n word? the n word is a much more powerful, provocative slur - if that was the point of the joke, the n word would have technically made it a better joke. but they didn't use it because they would have rightfully been torn apart for it. instead, they chose to target a community they assumed wouldn't make a ruckus about it. they assumed wrong.

  • Dumily

    1.) Those of us watching the show might not need the satire to understand how "redskins" is racist, but we probably know people who do. We now have a well known analogy to point to.

    2.) He used the Asian slur because he'd previously run the bit. In the same way that Dan Snyder formed a bullshit organization in order to make amends for his terribly racist previous behavior.

    3.) He didn't use the n word because he was attempting to skewer the subtle forms of racism that society still accepts. Borrowing from this Daily Kos post:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

    "So how do we satirize subtle racism with a term that many people fail to see the racism in it? We make it overtly racist in a way that everyone can easily identify as racist.

    ...and therein lies the rub.

    I don't think it's possible to do that bit without the stupid harsh term that Colbert used that night.Give it a shot. Find something more overtly offensive than "Redskins" but not so offensive that it sets off out-of-context radar. I don't think you'll find it."

    Colbert's original Ching Chong Ding Dong sketch was in response to another bullshit thing Rush Limbaugh said. The issue isn't that Colbert doesn't think it's racist (he does). It's that a large portion of the Conservative right don't think it's racist.

  • Needs to be upvoted and repeated more.

  • DominaNefret

    This argument is totally flawed though. His show is preaching to the choir. If you are going to say that he can't use that kind of humor because it isn't affecting any sort of change, then the show may as well be pulled, because that is the entire basis of the show.

  • withfloyd

    ^ what Lauren said. Seriously, folks. What is with this hipster racism? "Oh, it's okay, see, I'm doing it ironically, not like those real racists."

  • DominaNefret

    The comments on this post are really proving to me that some people just don't understand satire.

  • withfloyd

    I agree with this statement, although it's not clear from your comment whether or not we'd agree on which people!

  • Dumily

    Am I the only one that finds it really amusing that in her attempt to expose how Stephen Colbert casually insulted and inadvertently targeted Asians (a group that had nothing to do with Dan Snyder, and who shouldn't have been the subject of any racist speech ), Suey Park casually insulted and inadvertently targeted Stephen Colbert (a guy who didn't actually post the tweet, and shouldn't have been called a racist)?

  • mzbitca

    Not sure how it's her fault that he doesn't manage the brand associated with his name....

  • Dumily

    My point being that both parties made careless mistakes. The tweet poster for not giving the joke the proper context, and Suey Park for not properly researching whose head to call for before she started #cancelcolbert.

  • mzbitca

    yeah except the Brand has his name and is associated with his show and tweeted out his words....

  • Dumily

    And none of that means that Colbert himself sent the tweet. If Colbert himself didn't post the offensive text, why should his show be canceled?

  • mzbitca

    you do realize it was still his words right?

  • Dumily

    Words that were part of a larger 5 to 8 minute bit. And words that Suey Park didn't object to. She didn't start her #Cancel Colbert campaign until the text was posted. A text which Colbert had nothing to do it.

  • mzbitca

    I just don't find argument that starts with: This Asian American female has no right to find this offensive as a very productive one.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Vivian, yes the tweet was offensive, but that was the point. It was supposed to be offensive.

    My only problem in this case is that Colbert dissociated himself from the account instead of confirming it is an extension of the show -- and therefore the character -- which works best if he stays in character and his tweets contain non sequiturs.

    He shouldn't explain the joke. The tweet shouldn't telegraph the intent. He doesn't owe the ignorant or unaware an explanation.

    Archie Bunker didn't contain a tag at the end telling people it was satire. You either get it now, or you wake the fuck up in ten years and realize you got punked and you deserved it.

    If these #CancelColbert asses aren't sharp enough to figure out what is going on then Colbert shouldn't soften the edges. He should stick the proverbial knife up their nose and finish off the lobotomy.

  • NateMan

    I L.O.V.E. you. :) I've seen arguments that the original #CancelColbert tag was satire as well, but I haven't read enough from Suey Park to make up my own mind. And I suspect that even if it's true, most of the people reposting it and sharing their own outrage got that either.

  • Yocean

    I'm an Asian and not at all offended by this. Come ON! It was a good joke that merits unti-racial feeling and exposes the innate racism of conservative pundits. (Also that Asian woman who wrote "In Defense of Internment"? Holly shit. )

  • NateMan

    Oh Malkin is batshit insane. She's like a less funny Ann Coulter. Something I would have once found impossible, but at least Coulter is sardonically evil.

    There's a joke in there about Malkin being a cheap Eastern knock-off, but I can't pull it off.

  • Kayla

    Some things shouldn't be joked about. I mean, obviosly it was bad satire because all it did was distract from the issue he was trying to address. All he did was copy and paste and turned it into his own version of racism... but this time with Asians! It was just really lazy, and dumb, and simple minded.The problem isn't that it was taken out of context. He really couldn't think of a better way to address the Redskins issue? Just lazy. I've noticed this new thing in shows like Colbert or even 30 Rock or Parks and Rec. The hilarious or cutesy racist. This idea that it's okay to be racist if everyone knows it's just a joke. The whole concept of that is just pure bullshit. I'm surprised Colbert doesn't know that.

  • Vince

    Just because a few people, including yourself, don't get it doesn't make it bad satire.

    He wasn't punching down at Asians or trying to be cutesy racist. He was drawing a parallel between the obvious racism of the "Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Orientals or Whatever" which, if it were real, everyone would decry as obviously racist and inappropriate and the obviously racist "Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation" which most people don't seem to care about.

  • Kayla

    What a generic response. I read your post before you even posted it. This wasn't one of those brilliant time bomb jokes that sneak up on you ten minutes later. It wasn't hard to get. I watched the episode as it aired before this whole Twitter thing. I got it then and I got it now.

  • Vince

    You're right about one thing, it wasn't hard to get.

  • Dumily

    Were you offended when you saw it on the show? Not trying to be bitchy, actual question.

  • Kayla

    I was upset by it. It threw me off. I knew what he was getting at but thought he went too far. Making fun of the way Asian languages sounds always pisses me off. But I was actually more upset with the caricature that wanted the pretty American girl to kiss his tea to make it sweet. That always bothered me. But that wasn't the bit that got traction.

  • Dumily

    So knowing that the intended target of the joke was Dan Snyder and his instance that "Redskins" isn't racist, would there be a way to satirically skewer that idea without offending you?

  • Kayla

    Probably, but I'm not a comedy writer or a satirist. I'm more of a commentator. I watch Colbert and I usually laugh and nod in solidarity. Initially, I felt like he made the wrong choice and I felt confident that he would respond appropriately and learn from it and move on. But his response was a cop out and I was disappointed. Racial issues are sticky - they're best handled the John Stewart route with straight forward commentary or have a poc cast member take the reins and address it. But Colbert isn't Jon Stewart... his shtick is completely different. And he only has Ja-Mes to speak for the Asians so, if he couldn't think of a better way, he should have just left it alone. Colbert will always have his show. Those who are offended will be seen as stupid and/or confused. And this will happen again in some context. The whole thing just makes me very tired and sad.

  • Dumily

    I'm not going to say that you're stupid or confused, but I will say that I disagree with you. Some of the best commentary I've seen on race has come in the form of comedy. I think race and racism is a sticky issue, but I think sucking any humor from it doesn't make it easier to address.

  • Kayla

    I've laughed at jokes that touched on racism. Some comedians are very good at it. Colbert is not one of them.

  • Dumily

    Again, I disagree. I think Colbert's pretty good at it. I don't think he's as good as Chapelle or Stone and Parker, but I think he's pretty good.

  • Palandt

    It's so easy to be labeled a racist nowadays. A long time ago you actually had see other races as inferior and discriminate them to qualify as a racist, now you just have to make a racial joke. That makes me the second coming of Hitler himself; I'm still laughing at that hilarious Asiana Pilot prank.

  • Kayla

    You don't have to be Hitler or Jim Crow to say some messed up stuff on Twitter. There are some small timers out there. And they should be called out too.

  • Palandt

    You think Ching-Chong Ding-Dong is messed up? You're missing my point. Telling racial jokes is not racism. It's not inherently offensive, only if you're thin skinned or politically correct. I think getting offended over something not directly targeted at you is absurd.

  • Kayla

    My problem with it is that he had an opportunity to effectively call out Dan Snyder with his dumbass use of the term "Redskin". Instead he just imitated it and offended a bunch of people. He could have done better. I've seen him do better. It's ironic that "ching chong ding dong" is seen as funny and cute when Colbert does it. And "Redskin" is seen as offensive when Colbert satirizes it. It's just a circle of irony and idiocy. On all fronts.

  • Dumily

    I disagree that people saw "ching chong ding dong" as cute or funny. I personally saw it as intentionally as offensive as "redskins." The point was to be shockingly racist. I don't think anyone is arguing that "ching chong ding dong" isn't racist, we're arguing that Colbert himself wasn't being racist when he satirically said it.

  • Marc Greene

    Exactly. Colbert has used that bit as a reflection of the portion of Conservatism (and the American populace in general) that simply seems to not grasp the offensive nature of certain stereotypes, jokes, and words multiple times all without significant uproar. I don't know if Kayla or Suey are regular watchers or saw the full bit before the uproar, but the pointed skewering of Dan Snyder and his organization was about 75% of the bit. The "Ching-Chong" piece was at the very end and placed Colbert's argument in terms that people that don't understand the offensive nature of "Redskin" (and there are plenty) can understand in a manner so ridiculously blatant that the satirical nature of the statement shouldn't have been argued. Keep in mind, it wasn't a throwaway joke. The context of the reference in regards to Dan Snyder's position is that "Redskin" is part of the football team's legacy and Colbert was reflecting that point as the "Ching Chong" bit was from the first season or two of his show (again, pointing out his character's and particular Conservative's passive racism). I don't think people can or should be chastised for not finding it to be the best joke, but taking the very last line of the 5 - 8 minute bit, being offended by it definitely out of context, propagating it on the web, and using it as "evidence" of some level of insensitivity on the part of the Colbert Report is not right. Sheesh, I hope Suey and Kayla never read parts of Louis C.K.'s sets out of context.

  • Dumily

    "The 'Ching-Chong' piece was at the very end and placed Colbert's argument in terms that people that don't understand the offensive nature of 'Redskin' (and there are plenty)"

    I think that's the part that gets me too. "Redskins" is horribly, horribly racist. I just don't see how to do a satirical bit on the football team without saying something intentionally racist. The shockingly offensive is the point of satire.

  • NateMan

    First, I doubt he wrote the bit himself. He has lackeys for that. Second, not every joke hits its mark. And third, yes, everything should be joked about. Humor highlights the ridiculousness and absurdity in life, and the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation is ridiculous, absurd, and deserving of mockery at every level.

  • Kayla

    First. So what if he didn't write it? You can replace my use of the Colbert's name to "whoever wrote the joke." if you want to. My opinion is still there. Second. Yes obviously not every joke works. That's the problem. The joke didn't work because it was offensive and lazily thrown together. Third. Having to remind people that you were trying to criticize something else is a sign of an epic failure in satire. Epc.

  • NateMan

    Yes, your opinion is still there, and you're more than welcome to it. I certainly don't want it. I found the original bit funny. :)

    Perhaps he should start crowdsourcing his jokes. Or posting them online and letting people vote on which ones actually make it into the show. Or ignoring issues of racial divide and conflict like most white people, because that works really well. Because when the choices are limited to 'Don't make fun of it or talk about it in dry, self-serious tones that turn people off immediately', it gets boring.

  • Kayla

    Or he could just go with my suggestion and avoid half-assed copy and past humor that does nothing but offend people and distract from the real issue he's trying to address.

  • NateMan

    True, but it clearly didn't just offend people, as a number of us found it funny, and it only distracted from the real issue because some people seemed to either not get it or found it more offensive than the real Foundation For Pointing The Other Way And Shouting Look, Over There!

    To each their own. I'm just glad that we've got the Internet now so we can share our outrage instantaneously. Yay progress!

  • Kayla

    Colbert's persona is used to highlight right wing bullshittery. He communicates with a huge number of people Monday through Thursday night. Instead of using that to highlight how much we need to get rid of the Redskins' name he just made himself look like an idiot. Some might even say a racist idiot. You can blame it on the hashtivists if you want, but he failed at his job on this one.

  • NateMan

    Well, that's some people's opinions. Others disagree. I find this article demonstrates why Ms. Park might not be getting the respect she thinks she deserves. Sounds to me like people who disagree with her are either racists or traitors to the cause(s) she champions.

    http://joslynstevens.com/2014/...

    It is, of course, the opinion of one female POC and selective in its examples. But I think it makes a pretty fair point. Many will feel differently, of course.

    My new personal favorite tweet, accessible by clicking the further link off Stevens' blog: "Dumb question. Racism and whiteness go together. Only white people CAN be racist."

    I think that tells me everything I need to know about Suey Park.

  • Daniel Lewis

    He told a bad joke that hurt somebody's feelings! OFF WITH HIS HEAD! CANCEL THE SHOW!

  • Kayla

    "hurt somebody's feelings"? Is that what you think this is? Okay. *sigh*

    Also, I like Colbert. I don't want his show to get canceled. I just hope he does better with the racial stuff. Or just stays away from it.

  • Daniel Lewis

    What I think this is an overreaction to a joke that was taken out of context.. One that was intended to mock a racist football team owner.

  • ERM 275

    People keep pointing to this Colbert quote “Twitter seems to be fine with because I haven’t seen shit about that,”to point out how ridiculous it is that people are more offended by his tweet than the name of Daniel Snyder’s foundation. But it is always in posts focusing on the ridiculous twitter campaign. So now people are focusing their outrage on a misguided twitter campaign but are STILL not focusing on the actually offensive name of Daniel Snyder’s foundation!!

  • Palandt

    I don't understand why people make a fuss about racial jokes. Why am I supposed to be offended if someone calls me a beaner or tells me to cut their lawn? I just tell them right after my taco lunch and siesta under a cactus.

  • Daniel Lewis

    Siestas are the best

  • NateMan

    Colbert got 2 highly entertaining bits out of it, Suey Park got waaaaaaaay more exposure than she was going to otherwise, and everyone wins. Hurray for outrage and Twitter 'activists'!

  • ERM 275

    And people will continue to focus on Colbert and Suey Park, so Dan Snyder wins too.

  • NateMan

    I suspect he breathed a huge sigh of relief when this particular pile of dung hit the windmill.

  • RilesSD

    In her own tweet, Suey Park, the originator of the #CancelColbert hashtag, said she was a fan of the show. How in the hell you watch this show and then take ANYTHING said as other than comedy or satire is beyond me. Unless you're looking for publicity...

  • mzbitca

    Once again, not finding the joke effective does not mean she didn't understand it. She never said it wasn't meant as satire or a joke: she said she didn't appreciate that the way the issue was highlighted was to be like "ooh look, I said racially insensitive things about Asian American's but we're okay with Redskins" I personally don't see why she can't decide that a joke that specifically uses racial statements about her own ethnicity is not satire she appreciates. You d on't agree with the way she expressed her opinion: fine, that's a matter of tactics, write about that, Having an opinion that someone shouldn't have an opinion is the most hypocritical thing in the world

  • RilesSD

    Except that if you're a fan of Colbert's you've probably seen him do the Ching Chong character a few times, going all the way back to 2005, and including when he did it to mock Rush Limbaugh (http://thecolbertreport.cc.com.... Or the "I have one black friend" bit he's been doing for just as long. So, as LOVE says below, Suey seemed to be saying, "I have a sense of humor and find that guy funny, except when the joke comes at the expense of something I hold dearly." Which is fine, but shouldn't result in calling for someone's head.

    I don't hold the opinion that she shouldn't have an opinion. I just don't understand how you can watch his show more than a few times and not get the premise of the show.

  • mzbitca

    again getting the premise of the show should not have to equal must find all of his jokes appropriate. We love to talk about how humor pushes boundaries but that means it goes over sometimes. Also, there is a difference in that "I have a black friend" in that he is making fun of white people who say that, in this, he decided to say "this is racially insensitive to say so i'm going to say it to prove a point" that one is much harder to do. Also, she didn't call for his head, she called for cancellation of his show and she has the right to call for that.

  • Dumily

    She's allowed to call for Colbert's cancellation, but I'm allowed to call her a hypocrite for not calling for Dan Snyder's resignation.

    ETA: I should clarify, what's bothered me the most is the way that being offended by racist jokes has been portioned off by racial group. Native Americans should not be the only ones pissed off by the Redskins or the Indians or any other bullshit mascot. If Colbert weren't being satirical, we should have all been offended by Ching Chong, not just Asians. Gay rights aren't just about what gay people do, and reproductive rights aren't a "women's issue." This conversation should be able what we as a society find acceptable. If Suey Park were truly offended by the level of racial insensitivity Colbert displayed, she should have been outraged at Snyder.

  • lauren

    suey's done a ton of anti-native racism work, including awareness about dan snyder and the problems with the redskins/braves/etc, much of it alongside native activists. many of those activists have spoken out in her support on this issue.

    native americans aren't the only ones pissed off by bullshit mascots. it's the white people who aren't and refuse to own up to it.

  • Dumily

    I'll admit, I'm not familiar with all of Suey's work. I wasn't able to find anything Suey has posted about Snyder since the announcement of the Original Americans organization. The majority of the articles I've read focused on her work on Asian issues. That of course could be the result of a shitty media.

    I still maintain that Colbert was skewering racism, not Asians. To me, that makes a difference.

  • DominaNefret

    Yes, you are totally right. As a white Washingtonian, I totally don't care about racist mascots, and never have. I haven't cared for my entire life. I proudly sing "Hail to the Redskins" every time I hear it. Dan Snyder totally isn't the most hated person in the DC area. We all loooove him.

  • lauren

    yep, because this is about your hurt white person feelings.

  • DominaNefret

    Wow, you really didn't get it at all, did you?
    Good job.
    I'm not going to bother attempting to have any sort of conversation with you.

  • lauren

    lol no I got it. you needed to prove that you are a good white person, not like bad racist white people. you were upset that I didn't acknowledge you, you special snowflake. I'm SUPER sorry about it.

  • DominaNefret

    No, you really didn't get it at all, if that is what you thought my point was. Nice try though.

  • kirbyjay

    I'm confused. Should I be offended by the Boston Celtics mascot, the little Leprechaun? I'm Irish American, should I call for Larry Bird's head? Silly me but I thought it was a good thing to honor a culture or heritage.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Because its a double edged sword of irony:

    "I have a sense of humor and find that guy funny, except when the joke comes at the expense of something I hold dearly" is to humorless trolls what "I'm not racists because I tell racist jokes" is to racists ass-hats who tell jokes solely to demean rather than for purposes of satire or for comaraderie amongst friends of different races.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    No, I don't think that's quite it. My opinions on this particular instance aside, I think it's understandable to think that a comedian (or anyone!) crosses a line.

    ETA: but I think that calling for the show to be cancelled as a result, is, indeed, a misstep.

  • mzbitca

    There's a big difference between he used satire to skewer something I hold dear and he used racial language that is levied at me and others of my ethnic identity in a way that i find offensive. I'm sorry I didn't realize that if I laughed at one joke a person gave I'm obligated to find all of his other jokes funny

  • RilesSD

    Exactly. Thank you.

  • mzbitca

    I've been following this and I have a couple of things:
    People thinking that Satire doesn't work doesn't mean they don't understand Satire and that's a stupid response to that.
    A large argument was that the quote itself did not reference Dan Snyder in any way: it wasn't "In order to support Dan Snyder I'm going to create a center for arrogant and pig-headed men who refuse to acknowledge basic American history" Instead, it punched down instead of up which is generally not how satire goes.
    Also, people have been offended by Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins for a long time, why do you think the issue got put on Colbert, Unless you went through every twitter feed of every person who utilized the #cancelCobert tagline to make sure they never once voiced anger about Dan Snyder and the Redskins it is not fair to make a claim that "NO ONE"S TALKING ABOUT DAN SNYDER"
    and finally, if all the people who were so eager to tell the person who started the hashtag (a young Asian American woman who has down anti-racism work of all kinds) how she should shut up and not have an opinion and how wrong she was instead tweeted about Dan Snyder, the point would have been made pretty quickly
    Instead let's get into another round of "you found something I liked offensive therefore you must not get it" fights on the internet

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Instead, it punched down instead of up which is generally not how satire goes.

    I'm still not sure which side of this topic I land on, but this is a really brilliant way of stating what some of the inherent problems with the Colbert camp are. It's perfect, really.

  • DominaNefret

    But Colbert had nothing to do with the tweet....

  • mzbitca

    it's still his brand, next time don't let an entity other than you post stuff on behalf of your show

  • shardik

    Comedy Central is in charge of that Twitter account, not Colbert. He has no say as to what gets posted there.

  • DominaNefret

    Uh, have you been on the internet?

  • kirbyjay

    If it isn't verified, with the little blue check, then it isn't the actual person or the show. If people don't know that by now, fuck em.

  • Kayla

    EXACTLY. The tweet was just... very bad. In context or not.

  • southworth

    Just the fact that it was coming from THE COLBERT REPORT'S twitter account was context enough for me. The whole show is satire and it's been on the air for nearly 10 years. I think we're all familiar with the format by now.

  • lowercase_ryan

    THIS!! Exactly!!
    If you are on Twitter, how do you not see this and not have some context for the joke? that it is somehow satire? everyone knows Stephen.

  • withfloyd

    "Satire" and "racist/unfunny/offensive" are NOT mutually exclusive categories, just like any other form of comedy or expression. Saying "it's satire" is just specifying what type of racist, unfunny, offensive humour it is.

  • DominaNefret

    What I have realized is that some people, even otherwise intelligent people, just can't grasp satire. It doesn't click with them.
    That movie I am forcing you to watch is satire, and it is one of the reasons why I love it so much. When trying to get my roommates and the other guys to watch it with me sometime, we read the movie description. My roommate Greg, who I love dearly and is one of my best friends, said that he didn't want to see it because it was "just taking something normal and doing the opposite". I said "but... that's the point" and he said that it was too predictable.
    It was then that I realized that he doesn't really have a grasp on satire.

    I think that is the issue this girl had; that coupled with ignorance of the Dan Snyder/Redskins situation.

    Then, when she realized her mistake, she dug her heels in instead of admitting her mistake. It is what people do.

  • NateMan

    My wife is the same way and acknowledges it. It limits some of our shared entertainment options (Archer is totally out!) but I appreciate that she recognizes that she doesn't get it. Sadly, many people don't.

  • DominaNefret

    I have a client who has told me about how her husband can't watch Colbert, because while on a rational level he understands that it is satire, on an emotional level he can't separate the words he is saying from their literal meanings, so he just gets upset. They watch the Daily Show together and then he goes and does his own thing while she watches Colbert.

  • NateMan

    That's it exactly!

  • RilesSD

    THIRDED. I do not understand, even out of context, how this was taken as a serious tweet.

  • Ted Zancha

    The thing that a lot of people (that don't watch the show) don't understand is that Colbert on the Colbert Report is a CHARACTER. He says things on that show as a parody of the conservatives on Fox News. Its all a big satire and these people that loose their mind over what is said on that show is ridiculous. He goes to the extremes like this to point out the absurdity of these people on the news networks.

    That is why I love that bit at the end where he calls them out for not throwing a fit on the numerous other terrible things Colbert the character has said on that show.

  • BlackRabbit

    I mean, hell, he was hired to speak by President Dubya. That's a pretty good character.

  • FrayedMachine

    I was -on the floor- with this episode because I was, to be perfectly frank, quite irritated over the rage that had ensued over this situation. Yes, the tweet was taken out of context and, out of context, is offensive, but even -in- context, the point is to take note OF what is offensive. Colbert 100% won me over when he pointed out THE COMPLETE lack of rage over the ACTUAL problematic and offensive foundation, as well as the complete lack of shits to give over the other offensive jokes he has made towards -other- groups.

    There was a lot about this situation that was positively unnerving. The twitter account has functioned in this way the entire time, so I really, really, -really- want to know why it was now that the problem with it's content was suddenly a subject matter to contend with.

  • NateMan

    Because Twitter is mob rule, probably more than any other subset of the Internet. Every other group - chat boards, reddit, sites like this - have a sort of predetermined audience. If you're not interested in the topic, you're not going to go looking for it. Twitter seems to just spew everything into your face. I'm saying that as an outsider, because I refuse to Twit. But it totally feels like a mob to me.

  • FrayedMachine

    Yeah, that's not really an explanation as to -why- it's -now- that people choose to be angry. Why it's -now- ANYONE chose to speak up about the jokes he makes.

    As a fairly active Twitter user, I've seen a number of great things come about from it. Hell, as someone heavily integrated into a number of forms of social media - the idea of a "mob mentality" is NOT exclusive to Twitter, and most certainly not the worst reflection of it (coughredditandtumblrcough)

  • cruzzercruz

    I'm confused as to whether you're blaming Colbert for being offensive or not.

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