The Colbert Report satisfied progressive's cravings for late night infotainment with his brand of clever parody that lasted from October, 2005 through his last show on Thursday, December 18, 2014. The premise of his Comedy Central show was based on the self-adulation of Bill O'Reilly and his "Factor" on Fox News and Colbert's character was a cleverly disguised conservative. In 2006, Colbert sat down with 60 Minutes and revealed that he sees his character as nothing more than “a well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot." Sadly, Conservatives took a while to catch on and actually thought Stephen was one of them.
Throughout the eleven seasons of the show, he made a mockery of the Republicans, especially when they tried to appeal to Millennials. This Fall, in the heat of campaign season, 2014, he took the Republican hashtag #IamARepublican and made it backfire right in the face of Republicans before they even knew what happened.
Of course, a publication like the Washington Free Beacon, as we reported yesterday, is simply incapable of understanding cerebral humor that isn't blatantly obvious. Their article entitled Slobbering Media Hero-Worships Stephen Colbert Progressive icon bids farewell with mostly white entourage, was a sadly inaccurate piece based on their jealousy of the successful new host of The Late Show on CBS.
Contrary to the subtitle of the article, the mostly white entourage included: Lil' Buck, Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, Senator Cory Booker, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Naquasia Legrand, Former Atlanta Mayor, Andrew Young, Jonathan Batiste, Tim Meadows, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the troops honoring Stephen in Afghanistan (about 30% black) and I may be missing a person or two. I've never considered the puppets or characters Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Smaug from the Hobbit "all white."
It's pretty ridiculous that the sendoff, which featured African-Americans in much the same percentage as in the general population, was considered racially imbalanced. Aren't Conservatives the ones who say Liberals are always playing the race card? 'The overused race card had become well worn and worn out. This has been a useful tool for the Democratic Party.' Let's be honest, the Republicans are undoubtedly guilty of racist behavior, thus they think everyone must be just like them. They are perpetually projecting their own self-loathing on the world.
Bitter, hate-filled people who attempt the ultimate oxymoron, conservative humor, are very envious of those who do it, and do it as masterfully as Stephen Colbert. One thing's for certain: when Colbert takes over Letterman's spot, you can bet the Washington Free Beacon will get flustered because they will likely not understand the jokes and (once someone explains the joke to them), they will be offended.
The ability to embarrass or humiliate one's self comes with maturity. Conservatives have far too much self-admiration and thus, cannot take criticism without blowing a gasket. The most beloved actors (and most hated by Conservatives) like George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Jane Fonda and Sean Penn are very liberal people who support humanitarian causes. It's far more difficult to find "celebrities" like James Woods or the lesser Baldwin, Stephen, even slightly appealing. Conservative humor relies solely on making fun of other people while liberal humor makes fun of one's self, the powerful and the wealthy without ever punching down. Children lack the capacity for self-deprecation, and it seems Republicans also fail to mature past that stage of adolescent development.
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