Its always fun to write about these people turning on their own. Last night, Stephen Colbert decided to dedicate an entire monologue to president Trump, making fun of him for about 12 and a half minutes. However, about 10 minutes into his diatribe, Stephen made a joke about Trump and Vladimir Putin, stating that “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster”. According to some online Social activists, this joke was homophobic.
The joke can be seen at the 10:00 point of the video below:
My favorite piece of criticism came from Vox Magazine. Vox suggested that “the only way this works as a joke is by demeaning gay people”. According to the writer, by making jokes about Trump being in a homosexual relationship with Putin in order to demean him, Colbert is suggesting that being in a gay relationship is a bad thing:
In a string of insults against President Donald Trump last night, comedian Stephen Colbert lined up what he surely thought was a great, hilarious diss. Instead, he blurted out some homophobia.
….. This is a kind of insult that has been used against Trump again and again. From murals of Trump and Putin making out to late night show gags, it’s now pretty popular among progressives to paint the US and Russian presidents as being gay for each other.
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.
In a setting in which Colbert is deliberately trying to find a way to insult Trump, it’s telling that he resorts to suggesting that Trump is engaging in sexual acts with another man. The suggestion is that the worst thing that could happen for these men is if they engaged in homosexual acts together, as if that devalues them as men, makes them submissive, or emasculates them.
Online, the hashtag #FireColbert begun trending on Twitter, as people begun to call for the boycott of the late night show and its sponsors. Even some right wingers jumped on the bandwagon: