Talk:Stephen Colbert

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International Space Station[edit]

During his March 3, 2009 broadcast, Colbert reported that NASA was opening to the public the naming of a new ISS module. He noted that the four choices on their website, 'Earthrise,' 'Serenity,' 'Legacy,' and 'Venture,' are lame beyond belief, and that the leading write-in candidate was 'Xenu,' the primordial interstellar dictator of Scientology. He encouraged his followers to go to the site and vote to name the module 'Colbert.' As of March 8, the leading write-in candidate is now 'Colbert,' but 'Serenity' seems to be leading overall. There's still time! Get your asses over there and vote! [1]— Unsigned, by: 68.40.24.90‎ / talk / contribs

Colbert before congress[edit]

Has anyone seen Colbert's testimony before congress. unfuckinbelivibly hilarious--BenB (talk) 13:34, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

Do you have a link? ħumanUser talk:Human 18:06, 25 September 2010 (UTC)
Right here. http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100924/pl_yblog_upshot/stephen-colbert-draws-attention-to-self-then-farmworkers-during-hill-appearance
Could you give us a better link? The videos on that page won't load for three of my web browsers. --Oniontalk/edits 15:03, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
Never mind, here's a YT version, works better for me. --Oniontalk/edits 15:12, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

"Colbert" pronounciation[edit]

Hey guys. According to what I've read, the story of how the real person pronounces his name is a bit more complicated than what is written in this article. I won't try to explain it here - Wikipedia, for example, has some info on it. 155.33.101.119 (talk) 22:41, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

"More"? ħumanUser talk:Human 02:02, 3 June 2012 (UTC)
Who cares? ТyrannisPlead 02:08, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Transphobia[edit]

I'm sort of surprised that Stephen Colberts rampant transphobia isn't mentioned in the article, since its sort of his thing. Besides use slurs for trans women over and over and over again, he's picked the trans community as his socially acceptable punching bag for years. The closest he has come to actually apologizing is after making a joke about growth hormones being used in cows, that he is sorry to offend "transgender bovine viewers".

Its pretty confusing that that has been left out. In any case, a somewhat full list is here. He's Bill Maher bad when it comes to talking about trans people. — Unsigned, by: 70.74.199.110 / talk / contribs 20:29, 8 November 2014‎ (UTC)

So he's an Inverse stopped clock. Aren't we all. Noir LeSable (talk) 21:57, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
It's debatable. You have to remember the context of the persona he's playing; we are encouraged to laugh (or roll our eyes) at Colbert's outrageous remarks because the source of the comedy is the caricature that he represents (for example). I'd argue that the easiest way to see if his (or his writers') transphobia is genuine is when he cracks jokes out-of-character, and there will be plenty of time for that soon. Osaka Sun (talk) 08:36, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes, the Poe is strong with this one. You need to be careful of the possibility that he's bullshitting you. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 10:44, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Especially if you consider the wording he uses and the context of how he's using it. I'm just looking at the second video, and the context in which he is using the alleged slur is also when he is feigning hysteria over gay marriage. Do you really think "shemales tying the knot on preschool playgrounds" is said in any seriousness? Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 10:49, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Restating the trope, even in the interest of mocking it, is still perpetuating it. So not entirely unproblematic. But I guess that's the nature of comedy. Nullahnung (talk) 10:53, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
I would akin it to Mel Brooks' constant making fun of and stereotyping of the Jews and, even, his limitlessness in The Producers' "Spring Time for Hitler"; the best thing about comedy is that it allows us uncomfortable expression. Reckless Noise Symphony (talk) 10:58, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Colbert is wrong about Christianity[edit]

Conservative Christians aren't against helping the poor. They just believe that it should be done voluntarily through charity instead of foisted upon people by government through taxes, which is theft. Obviously Colbert has a tiny brain if he can't figure that out. Also, he's a pretty sorry Catholic, since he seems okay with gay marriage and abortion. Very hypocritical.50.136.139.204 (talk) 17:50, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

You accusing someone of having a tiny brain is like Trump accusing someone of being obese. If you're a genuine Catholic, you have bigger fish to fry than ranting about a Catholic who has embraced modernity enough to realize that voluntary charity does next to nothing in helping the poor, that LGTBQ people of majority age have the right to marry other LGBTQ people of majority age and that a woman's rights don't end where her uterus begins. What you ought to be doing, as the great George Carlin once said, is telling "these priests who took a vow of chastity to keep their hands off the altar boys!" Tomas Vilanch (talk) 08:26, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Stating your opinion without any facts won't make you better than OP here, Tomas Vilanch. Your ignorance is astounding. LGBT people can marry to whoever they want, but not in the Catholic Church. They have the freedom to marry, the church has the freedom of not doing it. Your logic about abortion is also wrong: The right to live is beyond anyone's decision, which in this case is related to abortion, that might interfere and eventually cease the life of someone that don't have the right to say whether he/she wants to live or not. Don't be a moron. — Unsigned, by: 189.51.144.178 / talk / contribs

That's not how rights work. The Catholic Church is not above the law and wouldn't get away with discrimination because it is entitled to discriminate. As for abortion, I hope you'll be happy to enact laws that have you forcefully donate your organs to save someone's life. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario! 06:22, 9 February 2020 (UTC)