Stephen Colbert is involved in a so-called “racist” tweet fiasco in which a tweet was sent out from his Comedy Central account and taken completely out of context. The resulting outrage shows the intellectual disability of some Americans. Actually, the term “intellectual disability” used to be called “retardation,” but since that’s not politically correct to use anymore, “intellectual disability” will have to suffice. The average American has become so stupefied; they are unable to understand what satire is and how it works.
The alleged “racist” tweet was actually part of a bit on Colbert’s show from the night prior, which was making fun of Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins. The whole point of the comment, which was “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” was a lampoon of Snyder’s Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation in relation to the name of his team, the Washington Redskins.
Does putting the key words and phrases in italics do anything to clear up this issue with the intellectually disabled Americans who are so “offended” over the tweet? Probably not, because they are most likely too stupid to possess strong reading comprehension skills.
The whole point of Colbert’s show is that he is playing a character who he himself has called “an idiot.” His character often says things which are laughable because of their inappropriate nature. However, in this case, his character was poking fun at someone else entirely, someone who has actually come under fire for the insensitive name of his sports team. That was the whole point of the bit: to highlight the inappropriate and insensitive nature of Dan Snyder.
The Stephen Colbert “racist” Tweet shows the intellectual disability of Americans because the resulting “cancelcolbert” campaign on Twitter has taken off so ferociously. People are calling to have his show cancelled because they are too damn dumb to understand satire, have no sense of humor, and don’t even know what the word “context” means. Having an understanding of context and satire involves multi-layered thinking of which the average American is apparently incapable.
These are the same people who would be campaigning to take away the Oscar nominations of the actors who played the white characters in Twelve Years a Slave because the campaigners are too stupid to realize that the people in the movie are actors. Stephen Colbert is also an actor. He is playing a part. He is portraying a character. His character is not him. His character says and does things that Stephen Colbert would never say or do in real life, just like the actors in Twelve Years a Slave.
No wonder other countries make fun of Americans. As a nation, we’re really not the brightest bulbs in the bunch, now are we? Seth McFarlane faced a similar set of idiots after his Oscar performance last year. The fact that people were too stupid to understand satire resulted in some pretty nasty Facebook battles and more than one unfriending. Stephen Colbert’s “racist” Tweet shows the intellectual disability of Americans, and it’s just going downhill from here. As a nation, we’re certainly not getting any smarter as of late, and one can only hope the imbeciles don’t get their way, or else comedy will soon revert back to the Three Stooges variety, which takes no brain power to understand.
By: Rebecca Savastio