Where do you fall on the Whole Colbert/Park Thing

Anyone who has watched The Colbert Report more than once understands that his whole schtick revolves around being outlandishly satirical. This woman Suey Park claimed to have been a fan of the show for years but took offense to a bit he did in which he was poking fun of the Redskins owner for offering up a token amount of gifting to Native American Indians just after he said he would be sticking with the name some considered racist (The Washington Redskins). She started an internet petition to get The Colbert Report TV Show cancelled unless he apologized.  So Colbert making fun of The Redskins owner satirically was lost on this woman, or was it?  Did she not get the satire or did she see the opportunity to raise a big stink even though deep down she knew it was satire, the same satire he had used to poke fun at politicians for over a decade. Here’s more on that-

I don’t expect my mom to get the joke.  But someone that young and someone that supposedly has watched the show for years has to get it. Read the quote and tell me that that is a serious statement that anyone not using satire would use on national television. colbert You probably know where I fall on this-  Just another person that uses the internet to bully using political correctness and in this case it’s even more ridiculous because the victim, Colbert was using the example to make fun of the very same type of racism that you would think she would rail against. She’s no idiot, she knows this, but her desire to get “internet famous” is more important to her than recognizing publicly that he was poking fun of people she would consider racist.  If she’d watched the Colbert Report for all the years she did like she claimed there’s no way she didn’t understand his whole act of making outlandish statements to poke fun at the ones who would actually say them and mean them.

This tweet from Brad Fitzgerald-

Stupid people make me angry. . Satire is meant to highlight ignorance, but when you take it seriously, you just look stupid.

I don’t think Suey Park is stupid.  I think she completely understands that The Colbert Report was making fun of Dan Snyder but her desire to gain notoriety is more powerful than her desire to recognize that fact.

 

4 comments

  • Brooke (@Brooke_Surname)

    It makes me angry. Colbert is one of the most brilliant satirists working now (or ever) and for this woman to be deliberately obtuse and try to shine some spotlight on herself is just embarrassing.

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  • The most valid point that Colbert made while addressing this on his show Monday night was that through the whole firestorm and controversy about this over the weekend, there was not a single outcry about the target of his satire – the Washington Redskins… Where’s the #disbandtheRedSkins hash tag? That would be more appropriate.

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  • Bill O’Connor hit the nail on the head there — wait, is that being insensitive to nails? — but my point is that historically, I don’t care whether you’re on the right (der Fuhrer) or the left (Comrade Stalin and Comrade Mao), political correctness and a lack of sense of humor have caused WAY MORE pain and suffering than some clueless jerk making dumb jokes. If more people had laughed at Hitler, maybe he would have gone back to art school. Remember the Golden Rule (one of them): fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke. Remember the other ones too.

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