On Monday night, Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ “Late Show,” continued his nightly tradition of roasting Trump. However, in making an oral sex joke about the President and Vladimir Putin, many outraged conservatives called for a boycott.
By this morning, #FireColbert was trending on Twitter, and a website sprang up calling for advertisers to pull their ads.
Among some of Colbert’s jokes from Monday’s show:
“Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency. I call it “Disgrace the Nation.”
“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine.”
“You have more people marching against you than cancer.”
“You talk like a sign language gorilla who got hit in the head.”
But the joke that sparked controversy is:
“In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c-ck holster.”
Colbert’s vigorous attack on Trump was in retaliation for the President’s insulting treatment of CBS News’ John Dickerson during an interview. Trump had told Dickerson, host of “Face The Nation,” that he perpetuates fake news before calling his show “Deface The Nation.”
While both the “Late Show” spokeswoman and Colbert’s agent did not comment on the situation, Colbert did. CBS just released a transcript of Colbert’s Wednesday night show’s opening monologue, in which he addressed head-on the controversy:
“Welcome to ‘The Late Show.’ I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I’m still the host!!”
“Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at 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. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”
“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. 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 for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that.”
As conservatives – the very same ones who complained about the “censorship” of Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter – call for CBS to silence the wildly popular Colbert, they will most likely be as successful as they were with the #BoycottHamilton campaign. Both shows, by the way, are highly recommended and still going strong.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.