The #CancelColbert push didn't pick up steam until last Thursday, after Stephen Colbert had taped his final show of the week. That means we had to wait for what seemed like forever for the comedian to respond. It was, of course, worth the wait—even if he does lump Slate in with the rest of the "system," something that at first blush I thought was a wee bit unfair to our nuanced and explanatory coverage of the whole thing. (That said, it was hilarious, so I'm happy to largely look the other way.)
"That ends that controversy," Colbert concludes (in the fourth clip above). "I just pray that no one tweets about the time I said Rosa Parks was overrated, Hitler had some good ideas, or ran a cartoon during Black History Month showing President Obama teaming up with the Ku Klux Klan 'cause, man, that sounds pretty bad out of context."
Elsewhere in Slate:
- Dave Weigel on the hashtag activists who led the charge against Colbert.
- Josh Levin on how Dan Snyder's absurdly named new foundation for Native Americans is an effort to squelch the controversy over his racist team name. (It was that foundation that Colbert was mocking with the joke that started the backlash.)
- Josh Voorhees (hey, that's me!) on the questionable track record of the guy Snyder tapped to lead said non-profit foundation.
This post has been updated.
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