So, apparently The Colbert Report tweeted this (and then took it down). #CancelColbert has been trending for an hour now.
I wasn’t sure whether it was real or not, but I was able to find a cached version of the tweet on The Colbert Report’s Facebook page:
satire is not punching down. why don’t people understand this.
I’m glad a poorly attributed (none at all) tweet is getting passed around like that’s what he said truthfully.
Let’s talk about how Dan Snyder proposed a REAL demeaning group towards Native Americans. You can get offended by the Ching Chong Ding Dong group, but you should take your real shit and go after A REAL FUCKING GROUP that actually exists all for the benefit so some fucking football team can keep their piece of shit name.
Let’s talk about how this is still illustrating how much people really do care about Native Americans. Let’s talk about how Native Americans are getting kicked across the fucking field like a fucking ball with no care in the world. Everyone who is mad about this is missing the point. Get mad at something real, because you know what? That’s what this comedy was supposed to do. It was supposed to piss you off but at the REAL EXISTING GROUP AND NOT TOWARDS A MADE UP ONE.
The only thing I’m getting out of this bullshit “campaign” is that you all still don’t give a flying fuck about Native Americans. You all care about a fucking football team. You’re all a bunch of stupid fucks.
All I see is a bunch of ignorant people who still don’t understand that Colbert’s show is satire. Also, you can’t just cherry-pick quotes or tweets from his show. Many of his jokes need to be seen IN the segment to understand who he’s really targeting.
Here’s the thing, if your defense to a racist (sexist, homophobic, etc) joke is that it’s satire, then you at the very least need to recognize that your joke was not on point.
But the whole point of the joke was to draw attention to how stupid and terrible the whole redskins thing is.
That is the entire point of the show/character. Everything he says is racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. But it always points to specific things and then makes fun of them to show how stupid people who actually believe those things are okay are.
I guess you can argue that satire isnt the best way to handle things, especially coming from a white guy, but the fact is he brings awareness of these issues to a whole lot of people who may not know about them otherwise. It’s a sad truth that many people who watch his show don’t keep a close eye on the news otherwise.