Many of O’Reilly’s conservative fans – including O’Reilly himself – maintain that the sexual misconduct allegations bear no weight, and that push to get him off the air amounts to a left-wing insurgency against his career.
Now some conservatives want the same for CBS’s Stephen Colbert over what some consider a “homophobic” joke on one of his most recent late night monologues.
In the monologue, Colbert started by defending John Dickerson of CBS’s Face the Nation, who interviewed President Donald Trump that same day. In the interview, Dickerson maintained a calm and professional demeanor, even when Trump insulted him to his face numerous times – referring to the 53-year-old show as “Deface the Nation.”
“Now, John Dickerson has way too much dignity to trade insults with the President of the United States to his face,” Colbert said, “But I sir, am no John Dickerson.”
Colbert then launched into a three-minute rant that rehashed all the most notable scandals and failures that have embroiled the Trump campaign and administration – including of course the investigation around Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
It was the joke Colbert made about Trump and Putin that some are calling “homophobic.” Since it contains some unnecessary profanity, we won’t write it out here, but the joke happens around 11:45.
After this monologue dropped, the hashtag #FireColbert started on Twitter, with folks calling for Colbert to be fired from CBS.
The fact that Colbert can make homophobic statements shows his privilege & systematic oppression of minority groups.#FireColbert— Scott Presler (@ScottPresler) May 3, 2017
#FireColbert Anti-American. Homophobic. Bigot.— TheyLIVE (@zsazsagogrl) May 2, 2017
So, Colbert is saying homophobic things again? Disappointing that CBS supports and empowers this. #firecolbert— Michael Oxley (@Truthchampion16) May 2, 2017
Some folks wanted to use the same tactic of targeting advertisers that many used against O’Reilly:
And folks just plain didn’t agree:
#FireColbert has shown me that US conservatives only care about free speech and LGBTQ rights when it's convenient for them. Not how it works— Tom Sawyer (@circlepity) May 3, 2017
It's just locker room talk.— Elaine Gaetano (@rosalita2740) May 3, 2017
Colbert just has an unconventional style.
Don't take him literally.
Trump and CBS