Satirical Colbert Report Tweet Causes People To Be “Offended”
I’ve mentioned many times the notion of the United States Of The Offended, a phrase by Robert D. Raiford which denotes that people get their skivvies in a bunch by pretty much everything, pitch a fit because their feelings were hurt, and demand that Something Be Done. It doesn’t help when people have no understanding about sarcasm.
(USA Today) TV funnyman Stephen Colbert might be finding out how it feels when something goes viral in a bad way.
On Wednesday’s Colbert Report, the satirist made fun of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s recently announced Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Snyder created the charity “to provide resources that offer genuine opportunities for Tribal communities,” according to a press release, but Colbert mocked it as an attempt at positive PR for the NFL team and its controversial name, which many consider to be racist.
Playing off of Wednesday’s segment, the verified Twitter account for The Colbert Show, which is often written in the persona of the blowhard TV-host character Colbert portrays, posted this tweet on Thursday to its 1 million followers:
I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.– The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 27, 2014
“Ching-Chong Ding-Dong” is a reference to a satirical Asian caricature Colbert has assumed on the show in the past, including a January 2011 segment attacking Rush Limbaugh. It was also part of Wednesday’s segment about the Redskins.
After outrage erupted on the social network, the tweet was deleted, but not before the #CancelColbert hashtag started trending.
Of course, people were accusing Colbert of raaaaacism, and it should be pointed out that the tweet did not come from Colbert’s official Twitter account, which is @StephenAtHome. The @ColbertReport account is controlled by Comedy Central. And, of course, both Comedy Central and Colbert grovelled at the foot of the statue of Political Correctness. Though, can you blame them? People do not understand sarcasm anymore, and people like to be per perpetually aggrieved. This is Liberal World, where negative feelings make them feel good. And no one can ever be Offended.
Well, certain people can be offended and there should be no blowback, per the terms of Liberal World.. Conservatives, especially conservative women. Hey, remember all the controversy when Colbert attacked Rush using the same type of language? Remember all the outrage when Conservatives like Michelle Malkin, Sarah Palin, etc, were attacked in highly denigrating manners? Of course, it is OK in Liberal World to denigrate White Men, especially if they are from the South. Rednecks and folks in “Flyover Country” are frequent targets. And none of this is done in a satirical manner.
Nowadays, certain people and groups aren’t allowed to be offended. And when they are, well, goodness, Things Must Happen. Like getting the Colbert Report cancelled. Obviously, turning the channel would be too much.