So Late Show host Stephen Colbert has brought the full fury of Trump supporters and probably some other people for calling Donald Trump’s mouth “Putin’s cock holster.” Alright.
I’ll say first that I’m not a fan of Colbert’s. I hated the Daily Show, never watched his O’Reilly parody show, and have no desire to watch the Late Show. Besides that, I have enjoyed his past voiceover work on “Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law” and “The Venture Brothers”. Oh, yeah. He was also good on “Strangers with Candy”.
But should he be fired for what he said about Trump? There are two reasons you could say yes, I suppose.
First, you could say that his remark was “homophobic”. This is funny to me, because last season’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” had something similar come up in the episode “Hero or Hatecrime?” In it, one character, who is latently gay but denies it, gets called a “faggot” by another character. In the end, it’s pointed out to the “gay” character by an independent arbiter that it wasn’t a hate crime because he says he isn’t gay. With a $10,000 prize at stake, the character admits he’s gay so he can collect it.
I think you see where I’m going with this. See, I agree with the reasoning.
It’s not homophobic because neither Trump nor Putin are gay. If one or both of them would like to out themselves as gay, then maybe you’d have something there. But no, it’s not homophobic to say that Trump sucks Putin’s dick. You can’t call it that unless you think Trump is a fag, fellas. Sorry.
Other reason you could apply is that it was disrespectful toward a sitting president. You know, if it were either Bush, Clinton, or Obama who had the same joke made about any one of them, I’d agree that it went too far.
The problem is that it was about Trump. I don’t have any particular disdain for Trump compared to other presidents, but it would be hypocritical to gloss over the fact that he has a–shall we say–long history of saying really mean things about other people. He did it before he became president and he still does it as president.
If Donald Trump wants to be treated with the dignity expected for his office, then he should behave accordingly. He doesn’t. Vulgarity breeds more vulgarity. This is why Democrats like Tom Perez are running around screaming “fuck” and “shit” at every other speech. They seem to think being the most vulgar is how you win or something. Colbert is clearly invested in that mentality.
Honestly, I think Trump can take it in stride though. His supporters really don’t have to white knight for him on this.
Most likely, I think what’s really motivating the “Fire Colbert” movement more than anything else is a desire to settle the score for O’Reilly’s termination. Targeting advertisers does work. Still, I think that CBS will pressure Colbert to apologize and that will be the end of it. It’s probable that Colbert’s eventual apology will be backhanded and insulting by itself, but he’ll make it and it will probably end there.
I’d be pretty surprised if Trump fans can sustain the boycott that it would take to force CBS to drop Colbert. The one against O’Reilly was very strong and sustained and–more importantly–was based on some pretty outrageous conduct on O’Reilly’s part that was harder for Fox or its advertisers to defend. Colbert didn’t say anything of the sort that I don’t see most anti-Trumpers say each day online.
Were I to bet on it, I’d say now that Colbert’s job is quite safe.