As Fox News went 24/7 on the Jussie Smollett case (and ignored the foiled Coast Guard terrorist) late night hosts brought a clear-eyed perspective:
TREVOR NOAH (above): When this started out, it was a story about people who hated Jussie Smollett because he was black and gay,” Noah said. “But now, people hate him because he’s an a*shole. In other words, they’re judging him on the content of his character. And that, my friends, is progress.
STEPHEN COLBERT: I’m no expert, but if you’re going to fake a white supremacist hate crime, hire two white guys, OK? This is one place where you don’t want diversity.
Colbert also noted that the case hurts actual victims. “It’s a horrible affront to actual victims of hate crimes,” he said. “It sets back [their] credibility.”