Stephen Colbert in Hot Water Over ‘Homophobic’ Donald Trump Joke

Stephen Colbert in Hot Water Over
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“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is facing backlash for a joke he made about President Donald Trump on Monday night that many are calling “homophobic.”

During his opening monologue, Colbert went off on Trump over the President’s treatment of CBS News’ John Dickerson, who saw an interview with Trump abruptly ended when he asked about the President’s unproven claims that then-President Obama had wiretapped Trump and members of his campaign. As Dickerson and Colbert are both CBS employees, Colbert felt it his duty to say the things Dickerson himself could not.

“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine,” Colbert said near the end of the insult-laden rant. “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 final remark has drawn the internet’s ire, with viewers taking to social media to declare Colbert is homophobic.The hashtag #FireColbert began spreading around Twitter, along with calls for people to boycott sponsors of the late-night show.

CBS did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

Of course, this is not the first time Colbert has been the subject of a campaign to get him pulled off the air. Back in 2014 when he was hosting “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, that show’s official Twitter account posted a message saying, ““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 meant to satirize Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snider, who started a charity to benefit Native Americans. Many perceived the tweet as a racist assault on Asians and Asian-Americans, leading to the creation of the hashtag #CancelColbert. Colbert reveled in the controversy, however, even promoting it on future episodes of “The Colbert Report.”

If and how he will respond to the current firestorm remains to be seen. Read some of the reactions to Colbert’s joke below.

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  1. Catherine Runnoe says:

    Colbert, thank you for your sanity, wit, humor. That orange chaos pudgie pie whole is an embarrassment to sane, kind and empathetic americans.

  2. Lilyana Acharya says:

    Hold your fire for a minute, guys! Colbert was just expressing himself, not determining everything. And, 99% of the time, he was using actual historical evidence to back up his viewpoint. Just calm down! If I may, Colbert, like Dickerson, is one of the most competent people I have ever seen. A great number of people may not think that, but think about it, a great number of others don’t! Opinion, which can be changeable, is no reason to #FireColbert

  3. WeMexicanscanread@aol.com says:

    Thank you for eloquently and accurately presenting the truth! You rock, Colbert!

  4. Fred says:

    I think all bashers of Colbert should lighten up. If you don’t like the show, don’t watch it. But do not try to cancel it, others such as myself like the show. You don’t see me forcing the show down your throats, then why try to force your beliefs on other people? Ever hear the right of Free Speech and Expression?

  5. Alp Louis says:

    You and your small mind and small stature; I am ashamed for the world to see and hear you. You’re everything un-American! Shame on you!

  6. Ruth says:

    You are a bad actor who tries to be funny. Time to respect the President of my country….America. Colbert should be jailed for disgusting, vile suggestions regarding President Trump.

  7. Sherry Rimini says:

    S.C. You’re an idiot. Never watched…Never will.was asked if I saw the monologue…so I looked it up and watched it. Now I see why I’m not a fan..at all.

  8. B Flora says:

    I’m willing to bet that all of you poor, ignorant Trump lovers never made it past the 6th grade.

  9. Sydney says:

    So Colbert should be fired for saying something that I wouldn’t even call homophobic but trump can talk about grabbing women’s pussys and become president…. ok

  10. Tina says:

    Too bad CBS…..way out of line! Does not matter if you like the President or not it comes down to respect…if you can allow your show hosts to disrespect the position of president I am done with your station. I was taught as a kid to respect the position of the person in charge no matter if you agree or not. The rants and disrespective comments are not funny and should not be allowed for this high office. When did respect leave our society…oh yeah…as soon as the people voted last November and the vote did not agree with you……..#nocbsinmyhome

  11. Cindy Shafer says:

    Fire him!!!!! I won’t ever watch him again or that station

  12. Jack says:

    We have the most disgusting person ever in the Oval Office. And that says something about who is there. Colbert was perfectly right to take him to task. He not only did it for the CBS Family but for all decent Americans. Unfortunately that distinction does not include the majority of those commenting on this site. But then I imagine that they, like their hero, have never done anything but sit around complaining about how bad they have been treated. Nothing like the spoiled bully claiming to be the one bullied. Now that is the optimum of disgust. Colbert should be given the Medal of Freedom, not fired. That distinction should be left for Trump.

  13. Because of Colbert’s crude humor and CBS This Morning featuring his comments as NEWS, I just quit watching CBS.

  14. Tj says:

    How is it that he can say something about president Trump and not get fired, and Mike Ditka says something bout Obama and fired ASAP something wrong with this, how is this not racist.

  15. Jim Allen says:

    Turn off CBS until Colbert is gone!!

    #FireColbert

  16. Jaws3259 says:

    The highlight of my day is watching the first 20 minutes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert!!!! He is right on the money with his Trump comments…..

    • Dave says:

      Colbert has push the limit too far. This leftist liberal media non-funny TV no talent SOB needs to go. I stopped watching all TV except for public tv programs because of the relentless attack of the media on the republicans. It goes deeper than people realize. There is an agenda of the left to try to destroy the right and they will stop at nothing. Amazing how the citizen of the US still think for themselves and vote their conscience. No matter what the 4th party of our government (media) tries, the people speak their mind in the voting booth.

  17. Jaws3259 says:

    Are you serious. Commander In Chief……NOT!!! Maybe a KKK Chief, or a distant relative of Hitler…..You really think he’s looking out for all are best interests. Oh My God!! WAKE UP!!

  18. This is a storm in a teacup. There was no homophobic sentiment expressed. Maybe he should have said kiss his ass, because that was ultimately the meaning. Steve Colbert is ot a homophobic. He is a supporter of LBGT community.i don’t believe that can be said about POTUS whose cabinet reflects his preference for billionaire, straight, men. I think there is one token black man and one woman.
    Regarding last weeks other ant in a mountain is the hypocritical outrage being expressed about what he said about Ivsnka and Trump. Wasn’t it Trump himself who raised this issue on the Howard Stern radio show when he admitted he would like to date Ivanka, a dsat there as Stern assessed her body and beauty and hotness. Other father,s would have stopped the continuation of the sexual assessment.
    And didn’t Trump recently on T V say he and Ivanka “have sex in common” What the hell wasthat all about and what parent says things like that.
    What Bill Mayer said just doesn’t,t reach the level of honesty. The comments however rea h the level of hypocritism.
    Patricia Wagner Montminy,
    Sterling , Ma

  19. Condoning lewd speech, which should never be allowed anywhere on mainstream Television and outright character assignation on our President.
    The Mainstream Media are hypocrite’s; What would the reaction be if Stephen Colbert would have said this lewd comment about President Obama?

  20. bruce varney says:

    since I don’t call Donald putin my president anyway I think your remarks were perfect and to the point.not half as bad as
    as the stuff that comes out of his trap.

  21. John Tyler says:

    I think a good punishment would be ……”TO GRAB HIM BY HIS PUSSYFOOTING. Hypocrites!

  22. Viola McLaughlin says:

    My family will not watch this asshole or his station he should be saying funny jokes he’s so good at that’s enough out of him our President Trump deserves better than this white trash.

  23. PAUL says:

    He should be fired, he is a very low down quality person. Unacceptable. I feel shame just thinking this imbecil belongs to America.

  24. Anthony Sprinkle says:

    Love Colbert. He was making fun of the fuktard potus.

  25. Micky Zuc says:

    Any seemingly inappropriate comment about Trump is less obscene than the truth.

  26. Thank God for Steven Colbert. Someone needs to stand up to Trump who totally insulted John Dickerson and Face the Nation. Trump is the most disgusting and vile creature. He talked openly and seriously about violating women, yet his supporters are offended because Colbert, a comedian, told a joke. We need to protect freedom of speech and the 1st amendment. If you’re offended by Colbert then don’t watch him. I’m offended by Trump, Conway, Spicer etc and I don’t watch them. My choice.

  27. colbert comes off as ass, can’t stand him

  28. Aaron Epstein says:

    Sorry Colbert! The homophobic remark is definitely out of line. You should know from your own experience, there are many negative jokes about Trump, which Trump brings on himself, without homophobia. The line was crossed this time.

  29. mary says:

    Thank God for Colbert and other commedians who speak “truth to power.” I’m 74 and , have seen a lot of strange doings in the white house but this guy, Trump, caps all. Definitely, keep Colbert!

  30. Vi Winston says:

    Some people are assuming what he said, I heard a bleep and could not read his lips.I think people have dirty minds and think the worst. To me some of the things Donald Trump has said without a bleep are far worse. Like John McCain was not a war hero, or the comment he made on the bus, or Mexicans are criminals, women who get abortions should be punished should I go on?

  31. Jonathan says:

    I find it curious that Right Wing Trump supporters who despise gays and would deny them basic rights are now so offended that a joke which, only with an extreme stretch, could be construed as “homophobic.”

  32. Sita rogers says:

    Colbert has one of the most brilliant comedic minds on air at this time. His late night show reveals and expresses more real news than any of the cable news networks. Bless the United States of America for freedom of speech. To fire him would be a major attack on our democracy and Constitution

  33. paul says:

    #Colbertwinner #ImpeachTrump #Americahasalwaysbeengreat

  34. jill says:

    Keep Colbert, 1st amnendent right! Our president speaks with a filthy mouth, and is a hypocrit and an embarrassment . There is a difference between satire and governing.

  35. Louisa says:

    Love you Colbert!! Don’t let them silence you!!! This is not a dictatorship…..yet. Thanks to courageous people like you! Trump is Hitler and all smart people see it. These hillbilly trump lovers are so stupid they break your heart.

  36. Deplorable says:

    HA HA … Victim of his own BS. The leftists have turned on this idiot.

    • Sharkey says:

      WTF are you drunk? Or typical uneducated trump supporter?

    • Michelle says:

      You might want to use a dictionary and look up the word deplorable. Says a lot about you that you are proud of it- or by your comment about “leftists” you don’t comprehend much.

  37. William Fiime says:

    William I use to like him . It seems to be personal it’s not joking anymore. Sad ,feel sorry for him.

    • Vernon says:

      I only feel sad for you- for ignorant republicans who bought trumps con. It’s your fault we have a total embarrassment for a president.- You we’re selfish & thought trump would help you. Oh poor silent majority snowflakes– News flash assholes, the GOP is stripping you of your insurance, you are paying for the wall, while rich silver spooners like trump fill the swamp & their pockets. Deal with it until democrats & libruls bail you out.

  38. Sheri says:

    Love the comment “the true Americans”, as in the Nazis were the only true Germans???? Only those you choose to include are “true”. Smells of McCarthyism…a vicious propaganda attack on our personal freedoms. Now we have gone to the other extreme by not rigorously investigating the Trump cabinet’s ties with Russia.

  39. Sheri says:

    His comments were against Fascist Trump and weren’t in the least homophobic but you pick out what you want to hear.

  40. Sheri says:

    OMG. That was a perfect comeback!!!
    Hilarious!!!

  41. Daniel says:

    Trump doesnt respect people of color and religious belief, which makes him a easy target, he has 1358 days left in office, God be with us. Trump is a joke, i refuse to call him my president.

  42. Catherine Mairone says:

    It was disgusting.I believe remarks like that are not only an affront on our President but on all true Americans.

  43. Michael says:

    What is taking so long for Stephen Colbert to be fired. If that was said about Obama or Hillary he never would have been on the next night.

  44. sally delozier says:

    Fabulous and couldn’t be more accurate. Wake up people!

  45. Kay Shkorn says:

    Supposedly, President Obama is intentionally distancing himself from Colbert since the homophobic tirade. On the website, The Damien Zone, there is a quote from Howard Stern about Obama intentionally avoiding Colbert and not wanting to be photographed with him and Howard Stern himself thinking that Obama is more likely to appear on his show than to ever again appear on Colberts.

  46. Dennis Tribulak says:

    Stephen Colbert thinks he is one cool-bear for crossing the line by insulting the President. Hope he steps into the boss’ office, getting an ear full (or his other ear cauliflowered), as he “fights” to save his job, and just before he hears, “you’re fired”. It was lame of him to think there wouldn’t be repercussions to his monology. Also, John Dickinson was laughing when Trump ended the interview. He knew he had crossed the line with his questions, and was resorting to cynical badgering.

    • Bridgett says:

      Blah blah blah
      By the way John Dickerson Dickerson was PROBABLY laughing because Drumph was having a temper tantrum and wouldn’t answer a simple question.

      That should bother you more, but you’re just another pea brain trump supporter who only watches Fox News. Amirite?

  47. renemania says:

    Best monologue EVER. Trump is a toilet licker and deserves to be called out. I’m Canadian and I never thought I would see the day when Americans spit on their own Constitution. Nothing but a bunch of inbred bottom feeders! Say goodbye to the liberties your forefathers have fought for … Idiots. Colbert you rock and just say what the rest of the wold is thinking .. the one redeeming quality of the USA!

  48. Steve Barr says:

    You Trump cockroaches are great . What is it about Republicans that make them think the majority of Americans are as stupid as they are . Enjoy your ride brown shirts it won’t last long .

  49. Pearl Stoe says:

    Colbert should be fired for his disgusting remarks about our President. If a conservative commentator said the same about Obama, they would have been fired on the spot. Get rid of that filthy mouth.

    • Thomas says:

      Too bad your immoral president said way worse.
      Colbert is a comedian, where as trump said he grasps pussy, nevermind moving in on a married woman like a bitch. Yes,he should. E duress- get rid of that filthy mouth.

  50. We might want to ask where was all this outrage over Trumps foul mouth comments? People pretending they won’t watch Colbert any more, when they never watched him to begin with, because they know full well that Colbert is going to mock Trump.

    A president with a long history of Mocking, gets mocked. Sounds a bit like Karma to me.

    More interesting is the fake concern for the Lgbt community, especially when anyone who’s ever watched Colbert knows he is not homophobic. And the fake concern should be obvious considering who Trump chose for VP. . Not to mention his scotus pick and the other anti-gay characters he’s hired on to his administration. Not exactly friends to anyone in the lgbt community. So trump supporters can stop pretending that Trump has any concern for lgbt, and as he has said to his own supporters. ” I don’t need you anymore, I’m president.” In four years I’ll need it. So if he lasts that long he will once again pretend he cares about the lgbt for their vote, though most already knew he was out for the votes, and again, considering who he’s chosen in his administration, any support he feigns for the lgbt will be glaringly obvious in 4 years.

    Suggesting that Trump and Putin have a cozy relationship really didn’t originate with Colbert, though it should have been enough to say, so I am not condoning Cobert’s choice of words, any more than I condone Trumps, but considering what Trump has said over the years, an fcc fining colbert while leaving Trump untouched is massively hypocritical.

    Hannity says don’t boycott, that’s what liberals do to conservatives. Ugh, Boycotting is not exclusive to the liberals….. When the tables are turned, both sides can be accused of doing exactly what they admonished of the other side. It really shouldn’t take much to notice.

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