Satirical news is comedian Stephen Colbert’s forte. After spending years working on ‘The Daily Show with John Stewart,’ he managed to get his own spin-off, ‘The Colbert Report.’ Nearly 10 years after the show’s debut, Colbert had continued to raise his popularity. To many he has overtaken Stewart in many regards such as entertainment factor and humor. Airing on Comedy Central, one might think to not take everything he says too seriously.
Unfortunately, in a very bittersweet way, Colbert’s show has news credence. This could be partly due to how poor the “real” news is along with how Colbert’s show actually delivers the headlines in a more appealing way. In general the younger audience accepts what Colbert is, but as usual it looks like the people who were never fans of his in the first place want Colbert fired–or in the case of keeping to alliteration, canceled.
The Twitter trend #CancelColbert got the word out in mass as to why the man who has spent years making many people laugh should lose his job.
On the March 26, 2014, episode of the show, Colbert took a shot at the owner of the Washington Redskins, Daniel Snyder. Snyder, who has gone through his own public smearing due to owning a team with a racial slur for Native American as its nickname and not seeing a problem with it, is the head of a foundation that supposedly supports Native Americans. The name of the foundation is ‘The Original Americans.’
As anyone who knows Colbert might expect, he and his team of writers put together a bit about his own organization that will support the Asian community. Poking fun at Snyder’s blind backhanded favor to the Native American community, Colbert’s satirical foundation did the same for Asians.
It did not take long before social media exploded with misplaced outrage. #CancelColbert was on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else where people in need of being heard can gain a small audience. The unfortunate thing about it is when you get enough people convinced that they should be upset then you can no longer ignore them.
The ground-zero of #CancelColbert comes from Suey Park, a 23-year-old writer, activist, and we can assume from her two occupations and age, woman with no real-life experience. While her effort to get what she wants should be admired, she has completely taken Colbert’s comments out of context. Instead of sympathizing with Native Americans, the real victims in this situation instead of Asians who were used as an example to get a very valid point across, Park has made herself into the victim because like her #CancelColbert trends on Twitter, playing the victim trends in life.
For all South Park gets away with on Comedy Central and the limited outrage from upper management along with anyone with sense understanding what Colbert meant when he said what he did, odds are this will go away. Soon enough though, there will be a new joke to be upset about that we will see a hashtag attached to.
The New Yorker