What should be made clear is that this show is a comedy and is hosted by a comedian. The show appears on a network called Comedy Central. Any statements put forward by the show should be seen an attempt at a joke.
This TV show could give a person trouble in seeing the difference between what is real and what is comedy.
Stephen Colbert is using his real name as host and he is a genuine person. But the person he portrays on the air is very different from the person that he is in real life. His political beliefs are similar to Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on Fox News on the air.
The reason is that the show is done this way to make it easier to make fun of the right-wing beliefs of people like Bill O’Reilly. The TV show makes it hard to tell if it is truly Colbert going after the right-wing. When the show makes a joke, does it come from Colbert or from the persona that he has created? Bill O’Reilly has not complained and has actually appeared on the show, enjoying a persona that seems a lot like himself.
Stephen Colbert is not the only persona that he has on the show. The other characters that he portrays on the show are Esteban Colberto and Ching-Chong Ding-Dong. Ding-Dong is a means of making fun of the ignorance of racists.
The tweet had to do with the Ding-Dong persona as they said “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever. ” Out of context, this tweet does seem very racist. In context, this tweet was a response to something that Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, has created a foundation called Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. The name of the Washington team has seemed insensitive to Native Americans. This foundation is an attempt to help the image of the team. Stephen Colbert is making fun of their attempt at good public relations. .
There is a good reason for the tweet, but some people don’t see t that way. The right-wingers were quick to start a Cancel Colbert campaign. The tweet was just as quickly taken down by Comedy Central.
This tweet was what is called satire. Satire is partly a joke that targets something specifically.
A long time ago. Charlie Chaplin made a film called The Dictator. The Dictator looked very much like Adolph Hitler. Did Chaplin worship Hitler? He did not. He turned the dictator into a figure of ridicule. The film was a satirical portrait of Hitler that hopefully keeps people from wanting to be like Hitler. This satire did not work as World War II still happened.
Stephen Colbert’s tweet was having fun with an action made by Dan Snyder. It is to make his action look ridiculous and that he should put a stop to it.
The Stephen Colbert Report is a satire and a joke and that is the context people should see their actions.
by Tom Clark