On Monday’s (March 31) episode of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert got a chance to address the #CancelColbert controversy from last week, as this is the first new episode he has aired since it all went down.
It all started because of a tweet the Comedy Central-controlled Twitter account @ColbertReport made using a joke of Colbert’s but posting it sans context or video link. Twitter went insane and it became a national story within a day.
In his response, Colbert neatly lambasts Twitter users, people who do not understand satire and the fact that perhaps what everyone should really be mad about is the PR stunt pulled by the owner of the Washington Redskins, which is the news story that kicked off this entire incident.
You should really just watch both videos to get a full idea of how Colbert responds, but here are a few highlights:
- “[Ching-Chong Ding-Dong] is a character, he is not me. This is the real Stephen Colbert, I mean everything I say on this show.”
- “Who would’ve thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would lead to misunderstandings?”
- “When I saw the tweet with no context, I understood how people were offended, the same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal.’ I mean, eat Irish babies?! #CancelSwift!”
- “The people have called for cancelling Colbert and I am willing to meet them halfway. Effective immediately, I am shutting down the world-wide foundation of the The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever. I have to. … The saddest part is, because of all the attention, we raised a lot of money over the weekend. Money that will now be donated to Dan Snyder’s Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which Twitter seems to be fine with because I haven’t seen s*** about that.”
“The Colbert Report” airs nightly at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.