Political Culture, Reality

Words Matter…Don’t They…

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Image Courtesy: CBS

Hold up…Wait a minute…It appears that late night television host Stephen Colbert is finding himself in some hot water after his Monday night monologue that of course went after the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Colbert’s rant/monologue was in reference to an interview that President Trump gave to John Dickerson, a CBS reporter who began questioning the President about his March 2017 claims that former President Barack Obama had wire tapped his phones. Through his discussion and questions Dickerson had opened up the sitting President of the United States an opportunity to explain himself and to ensure that the mainstream media was getting the real news directly from the mouth of the President. 

However, President Trump refused, abruptly ended the interview and stormed off to his chair in The Oval Office. As Colbert eluded to in his monologue, Dickerson is to much of a gentleman to go after the President – but he was not. A few one liners into his rant on the President of the United States, Colbert made the following joke:

“In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”

The joke has angered many. And while it was risqué to say the least, many would think it was tame in regards to the Hollywood Access video/audio tape that was released in October 2016 of then reality television star, turned President of the United States boasting about being able to grab women by the pussy without having to even ask, because he was famous. We have all lived through the audio tape – it even traumatized some of us, myself included – I had to explain to a small group of close loved ones what a pussy actually was. It’s a sign of the times, that we live in a world where many people gave indication following the election that Trump’s words did not matter to them. What mattered to them were their jobs, the economy and their safety. Women came on to national television, supporters of then candidate Trump and said they were disgusted by what he said and rightfully so, but they would still support him and vote for on Election Day 2016. 

And so a comedian on a late night talk show makes an off the cuff remark and the world has a meltdown. Personally I don’t find the joke funny or distasteful. I find that Colbert made a joke that he knew many would find offensive and that would lead people to start talking about it in the mainstream media the following day. I find that Colbert knew it would become a viral clip that would be played over and over and over again. I find that those who took to Twitter with #FireColbert to be a little hypocritical considering who the country elected as President. So I’m clear, we are expected to tell our children, that it’s okay to say a man can grab a woman by their genitals if you’re famous, but it’s not okay to make a joke about fellatio between two men? Where do we draw the line of being offended. 

Gay Trump supporters…and let me pause here…because I think everyone should be able to support whomever they so choose in an election and in politics…but Gay Trump supporters who have “spent the last 2 years of my life working to defeat Hillary” are angered and outraged over a joke made by a comedian – one who only holds pop culture power over his fans, but yet support a President who is reportedly preparing to sign a religious liberty Executive Order on Thursday, May 4th. 

Most of us were raised to know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong and that our words of consequences – but we live in a different world now. What consequences did President Trump’s words have from the Hollywood Access video, in order to find out that answer – we should probably ask Billy Bush, I think he knows. 

But the point is mainly this, if Stephen Colbert is to lose his job for making a sexually charged joke, shouldn’t the President? 

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