Stephen Colbert is a sweet, church-going father-of-three who, in 2015, donated nearly a million dollars to public school classrooms in South Carolina.
So, it was very weird to hear the even-keeled Late Show host unleash all the savage insults Face the Nation‘s John Dickerson and the rest of the “failing” lamestream media wishes they could say to Donald Trump, especially after he walks out of interviews. Like how the president “attracts more skinheads than free Rogaine,” and “you have more people marching against you than cancer,” and “you’re not the POTUS; you’re the BLOTUS,” and “you talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head,” and the pièce de résistance, “the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*ck holster.”
It was shocking and hilarious, and of course it got Colbert in some trouble.
Variety reports that Colbert’s final taught, the one about which part of Trump’s body Vladimir can put his Putin, 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.” This isn’t the first time Colbert has inspired a disparaging hashtag: the #CancelColbert movement took off in 2014, after The Colbert Report‘s official Twitter account tweeted, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
The debate over #CancelColbert turned ugly (activist Suey Park, who started the hashtag, received death threats), and it’s getting pretty contentious over #FireColbert, too, with both sides voicing their opinions on Twitter.
Meanwhile, here’s a look at Colbert reading your tweets.