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Did Stephen Colbert's Trump slur go too far?

Colbert's monologue was a brutal rip at President Trump. Earlier in the day, Trump abruptly walked away from an interview with John Dickerson on CBS' "Face the Nation" after the veteran broadcaster pressed the president on baseless allegations about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower. 

Colbert, defending the honor of professional journalists everywhere, titled his segment “Stephen Says Everything Journalists Wish They Could.”

Watch the video and see for yourself if Colbert went too far. 

This is the joke that many on both the right and the left think crossed the line. Some are even calling for CBS to fire Colbert over the bit. 


Critics are saying Colbert went too far. It's a time-honored tradition to make fun of the president. It's another to use homophobic jokes to score some points against the president. What Colbert said on television was not a joke. It was a plain and mean insult, one that does not fit the stature of his show or his talent. It's crude and not funny. Here's what Mark Graham at Decider said: 

However, using a derogatory, homophobic slur like “cock holster” to denigrate the rightfully elected leader of our nation seems like a step way, way too far. In a misguided attempt to defend his friend and fellow Tiffany Network employee, Colbert’s blustery bravado regressed from pointed punnery into nasty schoolyard bullying, embarrassing himself, his staff, his network and everyone that watches his show.

German Lopez at Vox writes about why it's wrong to make these types of jokes. 

But the only way this works as a joke is by demeaning gay people. The underlying implication here is that gay relationships are somehow extra funny — that Trump engaging in sexual acts with Putin is hilarious because it’s gay.

Others think Trump totally deserves every insult he gets. He insulted CBS reporter John Dickerson to his face, calling his show "Deface the Nation" during the interview. Trump takes every opportunity to insult and attack the media. He singles out organizations when he disagrees with their reporting. He even makes insulting the media a feature of his rallies; Trump often gets the crowd to turn around in order to yell and jeer at the media. 

Colbert isn't a journalist, but he works in the media. And since he's not a journalist, he doesn't have to hold his tongue. Here's the full context of what Colbert actually said:

“When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us all!” Colbert began. “Mr. President, I love your presidency, I call it ‘Disgrace The Nation.’ You’re not the POTUS, you’re the ‘gloat-us.’ You’re the glutton with the button. You’re a regular ‘Gorge Washington.’ You’re the ‘presi-dunce’ but you’re turning into a real ‘prick-tator.’”
“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine,” the host continued. “You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head.” And then the kicker: “In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”
Did Stephen Colbert's Trump slur go too far?
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