The issue with the internet is that there’s just too much of it. For instance, spy at the #FireColbert movement that got started on Twitter recently.
“When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us every bit of. BAZINGA!” said Colbert, before firing off a barrage of insults at the president, one of those being, “The only thing your mouth is apt for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”
Insulting Trump is nothing unique for Colbert. He does it nightly, and his ratings acquire improved “bigly” because of it. The problem is he insulted the queer community with that specific comment.
This is 2017. You don’t need to watch Hilary Duff’s mature “don’t call stuff homosexual” PSA to know how wrong and hurtful that is.
The joke is seen by many as an offensive misstep by Colbert, and it reportedly inspired the #FireColbert hashtag to start trending on Tuesday.
We say “reportedly” because now the conversation has become so muddled that even #FireColbert tweeters don’t seem to know what they’re tweeting approximately. The downhearted thing is this could’ve been a learning moment for “The Late expose,” but it’s tough to memorize anything when people aren’t certain why they’re enraged.
Yes, there are tweets that mention the homophobic connotations of Colbert’s joke:
— REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (@muhfeefees) May 2, 2017
So trumpers want to #Firecolbert for a supposedly “homophobic” comment but never speak out against pence who’s actually homophobic hmmm ?
— Luna (@lunaaa_0) May 3, 2017
I adore it when bonafide liberals are accused of homophobia! #FireColbert
— Dr. Steve Turley (@DrTurleyTalks) May 3, 2017
But many more don’t seem to be aware of that argument. In fact, scrolling through a search for the hashtag reveals that much of the debate has turned into liberals who are Colbert fans vs. conservatives who aren’t.
Some are tweeting #FireColbert simply for his attack on the president:
#FireColbert Vulgar, disrespectful swine should acquire his expose yanked immediately. Boycotting his expose and his network.
— Ed Spring (@pctechneer) May 3, 2017
— Deplorable Leonard (@LeonardOfArabia) May 3, 2017
The media acted offended by Trump’s comments but applauds and encourages Colbert’s disgusting comments.
Let that sink in#FireColbert
— ?TruthMatters ? (@JeffMontes5) May 3, 2017
Others are tweeting out #FireColbert in support of the host:
— Sue (@Sue4allofus) May 3, 2017
— King of Sorrow (@kingofsorrow954) May 3, 2017
— ❄️ Dr. A ❄️ (@AAPsyc) May 3, 2017
Even George Takei, a former “Star Trek” star and a prominent figure in the LGBTQ community, tweeted out #FireColbert, thinking it was from “right wing mushrooms” who want Colbert gone because he made fun of the president, aka the “Troll King.”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 3, 2017
He doesn’t mention the homophobic joke at every bit of.
Like Takei’s ship in many “Star Trek” episodes, it seems the hashtag has lost its way.
Even whether the movement was more on topic, as HuffPost Queer Voices Deputy Editor James Michael Nichols points out, Colbert wasn’t the first to fabricate a tasteless joke approximately Trump and Vladimir Putin having a romantic relationship. This has been going on for a while now.
Tweeting #FireColbert isn’t going to change anything. whether you effect want to fabricate a inequity, win to heart Nichols’ words when he writes, “Our lives are not a punchline.”