I Don't Blame People for Saying #FireColbert, But It's Just Not for Me

I Don’t Blame People for Saying #FireColbert, But It’s Just Not for Me

The #FireColbert, as in CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert, has been getting a lot of attention the last several days. I’m pretty much coming in on the tail end of things, but I wanted to write a few words about it anyway. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or, you know, concerning yourself with things of greater importance than the latest internet-driven drama, here’s the background.

Earlier this week, Colbert told a bunch of very mean jokes at the expense of Donald Trump. They were delivered in rapid-fire fashion and according to Colbert, were a response to Trump mocking the host of CBS’s Face the Nation, John Dickerson, to his face in a nationally televised interview this past Sunday. The Donald mused about how he called Face the Nation by another name: Deface the Nation.

I thought it was pretty funny, to be honest, but it wasn’t exactly polite.


The joke that Colbert has gotten the most attention over, is this one…

“The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock-holster.”

The led t the hashtag that I mentioned in the lede paragraph, #FireColbert.

I certainly understand the inclination to make the other side play by the rules they themselves setup. This is outlined by Saul Alinsky in his book, Rules for Radicals (which is a great book to read whether you like Alinsky or think he’s the devil)…

4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

Like I said, it makes sense to go after Colbert on these grounds, if you want to. Personally, I don’t want to. For one, I don’t remember Colbert going at someone over a crude joke and asking for them to be fired. If he has, then I’ve just missed it. Another problem I have with this tactic (which I usually love) being used here is that we’re talking about comedy. Unless he decided to target Barron Trump, like the SNL writer did, or went completely beyond the pale in another way, then I don’t feel like calling for him to be fired is something I would ever want to do.

Maybe it’s also because I love comedy, especially the rude and risqué kind. I consider myself an amateur student of the game, so taking offense to a cocksucking joke in such a pearl-clutching manner doesn’t really work for me. Sean Hannity has it right on this one. If you’re that upset about it, make sure you never watch Colbert’s content. Tell your friends not to. But boycotts and calls for dismissal, in this instance, are not something I can support.

Still, I won’t hold it against friends and associates who feel differently. We all have to choose our own ways to fight the good fight.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • Dindu McNothin

    If we stand on principles we aren’t going to win this. We need to use their tactics against them. Colbert isn’t getting fired. The converged companies aren’t going to stop advertising. But pushing the #FireColbert highlights the glaring hypocrisy of leftist boycotts. A nice little redpill for the normies. And we need to wake up as many as possible. This cold war is going to get hot soon.

    • DV

      While I’m in Ralph’s corner most times …I agree with Dindu McNothin’s pov. It’s all about winning the minds of the normies, moderates, fed up dem voters and showing the hypocrisy of the far left.

  • MKFenris

    This isn’t the first time this happened. I don’t watch the late night guys because the way they joke about Trump is ehhh or in Colbert’s case the a bit bitchy. Fallon’s jokes are just horrible on the other end of the spectrum. Fallon is basically, “You didn’t write this joke did you?”.

  • tz1

    While burning at the sake or some other form of immolation isn’t for everyone, I think a crematorium, kiln, or funeral pyre (he doesnt have to be dead yet) is appropriate considering what has been done to those on the right. The Antifa’s side has had verbal flame-throwers, the Alt Right ought to respond with meatspace versions.

  • MLGBob26

    Isn’t this a SJW hashtag that they created because they got triggered because of homophobia and right wingers jumped on to point out the hypocrisy that if he was a conservative CBS would have kicked his ass to the curb.

  • Mr0303

    I think the more infuriating part of that insult presented as a “joke” was linking Trump with Putin even after the strikes in Syria. What does Trump have to do other than war with Russia for that idiocy to stop?

    I don’t think they should fire him. Elitist arrogant liberals like him are helping red pill many people. He should keep his job and continue being triggered on air. Colbert lost his credibility long ago when he invited Sarkeesian and gifted her his balls.

  • Grampy_Bone

    It’s pretty shocking though. Those are fighting words. If you said that to a guy’s face, expect to dodge some punches.

  • Typical

    I would say it’s not so much about getting rid of him for this as much as taking away another of the left’s weapons, he just happens to be the flawed weapon. That said, I already don’t watch Colbert, so I don’t care what he says. People who religiously watch late night television probably do so because they don’t have important jobs to get to in the morning.

  • Mouth

    It didn’t bother me…I just wish the right would be as vicious and unapologetic as the left. I never really liked the idea of firing, boycotting or silencing political opposition. Leave them out there for the world to see and pass judgment on.

  • Silence Dogood

    I’m gay and as much as I’ve really come to dislike Colbert… calling Trump a cock-holster was funny, but that’s because I love crass humor. The pearl clutching is retarded and the people complaining (aside from the hypersensitive er-mah-gurd homerphobeer! sjw crowd) don’t even watch him to being with. And no, I don’t think a cock-sucking joke is homophobic. Women suck cock after all and it just happening to involve Putin and Trump seems irrelevant.

  • RapeyYogurt

    I’m torn on this one. On one hand, I am against this out of priciple. On the other hand, Colbert & the rest of the Left would jump on the chance to do it to us. Maybe give him a pass this time, but put out a stern warning & double down if they continue doing it to us… or focus on those promoting legitimate violence.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    The man is on CBS, even if he’s their highest rated act that would still make him basically irrelevant at this point. Frankly I’m glad he’s dropping the mask because this man’s greatest strength was in projecting the image that he wasn’t just the partisan shill he’s always been.

  • milk bone

    Unlike Hannity, I’m very much in favor of boycotts. People organizing to vote with their feet in a demonstration of direct democracy is quite cheering. I’ll stop short of calling for his firing. Had he been malfeasant in the exercise of his journalistic duties, as Nathan Grayson was, I would consider it grounds for firing. But Colbert isn’t a journalist; he’s a comedian, so the best way of expressing one’s displeasure at his behavior is to hit him in the ratings. If he can’t bring in the advertising revenue (due to attracting too few eyeballs), he’ll get replaced with someone who can attract a larger audience eventually. CBS is a for-profit business, after all.

    What bothers me about his remark is that it was directed at a sitting President. No matter how much I oppose the person who happens to be occupying the office, I continue to respect the office itself. I’d prefer that criticisms deal with ideas rather than personalities. And public discourse requires a certain level of comity for that to happen. We all have a line where good-natured fun-poking, or even bitter mocking and ridicule goes to far, and this crosses that line for me. I recognize that it may not do so for others; it’s just my opinion.

    I’m not a free-speech absolutist in principle. But in the current state of things, we’re nowhere near mature enough to have an intelligent conservation on the circumstances under which it might be legitimate to impose a very few limitations. Until then I’m a free-speech absolutist in practice.

    This brings to mind the case of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a French comedian who was imprisoned for anti-Semitism. Since I think that unjust, by the same token I cannot advocate firing Colbert.

  • RevDr. Robert Foster, AbC, EfG

    As I said on another article, “While I don’t find this shit funny, and Colbert is a douche, he’s protected by the First Amendment. If you try to censor him, you don’t like the Constitution.”

  • AverageJoe1987

    It’s not even about what he said or who he said it about.

    It’s the double standard that many want him fired for.

    Conservatives have been fired for less. So Colbert needs to be treated the way a Conservative would have been treated had they said something like this about Obama.

  • Kellen Joel

    I understand Trump fan’s anger over this, but I’m sorry, this reminds me of the #CancelColbert thing that Suey Park started a while back. That didn’t work either.