Defiant Colbert on Trump rant: I would do it again
FILE: Stephen Colbert tapes a segment for his television program on the floor ahead of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (Reuters)
Talk show host Stephen Colbert is taking serious heat on social media for a vulgar joke he made about President Donald Trump that many fans are calling "homophobic," but the funnyman said he “would do it again.”
"So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be," he said, according to a transcript that was released by CBS.
"I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight."
The "Late Show" star sounded off on Trump during his opening monologue Monday night, criticizing Trump for abruptly ending an interview with CBS News’ "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson.
"Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine," Colbert said during his profanity-laced rant, which was bleeped during the telecast. "You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign language gorilla that got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster."
Fans immediately took issue with Colbert’s final joke, with some calling the comedian homophobic, and demanding CBS fire him.
This isn’t the first time viewers have gone on social media demanding Colbert’s ouster. In 2014, a #CancelColbert hashtag was started after the host (on Comedy Central with "The Colbert Report" at that point) joked "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever," in a sketch about Washington Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder’s pro-Native American charity.
The hashtag campaign began when the show’s Twitter account posted the joke without the context.