Fellow Liberals, Chill With #FireColbert
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Fellow Liberals, Chill With #FireColbert

No matter how you feel about the joke, let's not allow censorship for criticizing Trump.

Fellow Liberals, Chill With #FireColbert

When I first heard about the #FireColbert controversy I immediately remembered this:

In 2014 when Stephen Colbert hosted "The Colbert Report," #CancelColbert was trending over one weekend. He explained what happen, and how an idea was taken out of context, while still in character of course. It ended with the beautiful quote, "All of this happened after Thursday night's show, so I couldn't respond until today. So in a sense I was cancelled... for three days. Just like Jesus."

Then the 2017 Late Show Colbert was going to be super funny defending himself again, right?

When I saw there was Colbert news I wanted to make sure I had seen the controversial joke first, before any article influenced my opinion. What could this joke be? Did he swear? Did he embarrass an audience member? Did he make fun of someone who died too soon? Did he—Oh, I already saw it. That was the joke everyone have their feathers all ruffled up for? (Conservatives and liberals alike I might add.)

I didn't even notice it the first time.

In a series of puns in a roast Colbert said to Trump, "The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladamir Putin's [beep] holster."

To me there's nothing that really stands out about this type of joke. This joke has appeared in a different costume countless times on late night comedy shows like Colbert's, just with less vivid wording.

I mean this image was used earlier in the same monologue, and no one batted an eye.

Some are calling the joke homophobic, but if you've laughed at months worth of jokes like this, and only now get upset because of the actual word "cock" under the censor instead of an innuendo, "homophobia" is not what is upsetting you.

Maybe this is not the first time a joke like this one has upset you. That's fair. In that case I can understand that the cruder language gave you an opportunity to speak up.

Maybe you truly thought the joke went too far, or maybe you are jumping on the bandwagon. In any case I would be EXTREMELY careful about any form of censorship right now.

Jonathan Karl of ABC News speculated that were President Trump to actually follow through on suing "The New York Times" as he's tweeted it would require a constitutional amendment. Karl interviewed Reince Preebus, a top White House aide, and asked about the subject. Preebus said it's "something that is being looked at."

Think this is just a meaningless phrase to negate a real answer, and it can't go anywhere? I would never be too comfortable knowing that the administration doesn't advocate for free speech. A first step to losing free speech is assuming we'll always have it. I won't be the first to tell you that now more than ever we must keep speaking our dissent in order to not be silenced. To the liberals I ask, "Do you really want to agree with the conservatives here and fire a comedian for saying something anti-Trump?" First it's for a gay joke, then it could be for anything.

Also, consider Colbert's response to the controversy. While this wasn't quite the sidesplitting Stephen Colbert™ in character, it couldn't be. Colbert was himself, wasn't taken out of context this time, and didn't use an entire segment to address it. It was a great moment nonetheless.

First we hear Colbert begin his monologue with, "Still? I'm still the host? I'm still the host!"

Then he says he doesn't regret the joke, but might change a few words "that were cruder than they needed to be." Colbert then went on to say "life is short and anyone who expresses their love for another person in their own way, is to me, an American hero. And I think we can all agree on that."

An American hero? This might sound a bit over the top to you, but think about how easily Colbert could have appeared patronizing taking a different approach.

I just really want to meet the gay couple who watched the monologue together and one guy asked, "Babe will you give me a bj? Colbert will think you're an American hero."

This is Colbert's phrase to say it was not at all meant for the LGBT community to be target of the humor. The intention of the joke was not directed towards a gay sex act at all. That's all just a metaphor for the twisted political relationship we've been watching. I mean Trump being "in bed with" Putin is using a practically timeless metaphor.

I'm not going to tell you how you should feel about Colbert's joke. If you read between the lines, I'm sure you can figure my opinion for yourself, but please; no matter what your reaction to the joke, don't let #FireColbert be your answer. Even if you think it went too far let's not add censorship for criticizing Trump to the repertoire of things that can happen. If we do none of this will end well.

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