Yes, I am aware of the controversy that flared around a tweet sent out by the Colbert Report yesterday. Here’s the “offending” tweet in question if you don’t know what I’m referring to:
The tweet was taken from a piece that Stephen Colbert aired on his late night show Wednesday night poking fun at Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder on the controversy over his team’s name. Of course, some folks were outraged by the tweet in question and that was enough to let fly accusations of racism and a call for Colbert’s show to be cancelled, which led to a backlash against those who were outraged with more racist and sexist tweets and…yes, I’m bored of it already.
Oh, did I also mention our favorite “I can be Asian when it suits my purposes” pundit Michelle Malkin even got in the act, in support against Colbert:
Now, originally, I had no intention of blogging on this topic, but since the issue seems to have blown up way out of proportion and I don’t want to personally respond to all the “hey, you gonna blog about this?” messages in my inbox, let me just say this—can we try to shake things up a little at least and not be so predictable and…yes, boring? Really, that’s all I ask.
I get the tweet was sent out without any context, but I also understand Colbert’s talk show is a satire of a talk show hosted by a clueless Republican pundit so if we’re going to throw accusations of racism at something that sounds racist from someone who’s parodying someone who sounds racist, can we at least be clever about it—you know, approach it with humor and/or satire or something else besides—OMG, evil racists, let’s get the show cancelled?! And BTW, if you’re looking for intelligent political satire on American TV, you can’t beat Colbert so maybe you should—I don’t know—watch it sometime before you go all crazy?
And same goes for the trolls—so you’re going to accuse those you think are overreacting and can’t take a joke by insulting them by calling them chinks, whores, gooks, bitches and wishing rape and other atrocities on them? When it comes to overreacting—black kettle meet black pot. Again, you’re just as predictable as those who get upset at every perceived slight against our people. Give us something new and different—if you’re going to be racist, sexist, homophobic and whatever else—doing it with wit or humor will make it at least interesting.
All I’m asking is if we’re going to keep up this same ole song-and-dance over and over again, at least give us a different song and dance next time. ‘Cause I got other things to do—like write about the latest Japanese sex robot innovation.