Critics and some fans are taking to social media to call for the removal of the Late Show host Stephen Colbert after he opened his Monday show with a monologue turned rant directed toward President Donald Trump, saying, “You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign language gorilla that got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”
The hashtags #FireColbert and #CancelColbert among others were used on social media to denounce the Late Show host’s pedestal at CBS and call him out for being ‘homophobic’. Colbert penned the monologue following Trump’s 100 day mark in office, and taking issue with an interview with CBS Journalist John Dickerson, referring to CBS program Face The Nation as ‘De-face The Nation’. “When you insult one member of the CBS family you insult us all,” said Colbert, before unleashing a round of insults, including, “Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine.”
Public faces, journalists and media organizations spoke out against Colbert on social media:
Stephen Colbert’s comment about Trump was disgusting. Not funny, not creative. Just plain awful.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) May 3, 2017
Not very advertiser friendly… https://t.co/GmC0lQEcCm
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 2, 2017
Stephen Colbert Goes Homophobic On Donald Trump (VIDEO) https://t.co/LjDG2fEZYX
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 3, 2017
However, this isn’t the first time Colbert has gotten himself in hot water. In 2014, while still hosting The Colbert Report under Comedy Central, the official Twitter account associated with the network show sent out a tweet, “I am willing to show Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The tweet was perceived as racist against Asian-Americans, but according to Variety “the tweet was meant to satirize Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snider, who started a charity to benefit Native Americans”. Colbert brought up the tweet on future episodes, defending its subject matter.
Whether or not Colbert will defend his remarks on the Commander In Chief or if CBS will respond to criticism remains unknown.
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs on CBS weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET.