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James Franco Tries His Damnedest To Make Stephen Colbert Break Character

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Nice Try, James

I still can’t tell whether James Franco’s personality is a joke or not, but when he’s with Stephen Colbert, an especially bubbly side of him seems to come out. On his latest visit to “The Colbert Report,” he tried to get Stephen to break character when asking about his departure to head to “The Late Show.” No dice, but good try I guess, James! (Also, he’s Team Orlando Bloom in the Bieber/Bloom fight, which suddenly makes us much more sympathetic to him.) [NYMag.com]

Stephen Colbert Responds To #CancelColbert By Shutting Down The Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity To Orientals Or Whatever

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Stephen Stands His Ground

Stephen Colbert has finally responded to the hashtag #CancelColbert, which was trending last week on Twitter. In true “Colbert Report” fashion, he did it in character as a pompous blowhard conservative who “doesn’t see race.” A quick recap for those of you who were down a hole all weekend: in response to a news segment about racism towards Native Americans, someone from the Comedy Central Twitter account tweeted a joke about Asians referencing an older skit from a prior Colbert show about racism. Some people on Twitter freaked out over the perceived racist slight and created the hashtag #CancelColbert, which eventually started trending. Although at least from what I could see, many folks tweeting it were saying not to cancel “Colbert.”

On last night’s show in a segment called “Who’s Attacking Me Now?”, Stephen Colbert responded to #CancelColbert … or, as he put it, “the dark forces trying to silence my message.” Keep reading »

Don’t #CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert Blasted Over Satirical Tweet About Racism That He Didn’t Even Send

You read a tweet that looks like it’s from a celebrity and it says this:

“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

Pretty racist and disturbing, right? Of course it is. Then you realize that it was tweeted from the Twitter handle @ColbertReport, which is run by Comedy Central, and came from the mouth of the character “Stephen Colbert” played by Stephen Colbert.

Oh yes, we are amidst yet another huge Internet outrage shitstorm that grew out of proportion in a New York minute.

The tweet was a reference to Wednesday’s episode of “The Colbert Report” about the Washington Redskins football team and their owner Dan Snyder. The Redskins have long been under fire for their racist team name (a reference to Native Americans) and the ownership’s refusal to change it, despite repeated requests from those in Native communities. (Check out the blog Native Appropriations for lots of backstory on this.) Recently Dan Snyder announced via the team’s website that they created the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which will “commit to making a real, lasting, positive impact on Native American quality of life.” In other words, he is using the offensive name in the title of the foundation they started to help those affected by the offensive name.  Keep reading »

Janet Mock Nails Discussion Of Trans Identity On “The Colbert Report,” Piers Morgan Freaks Out On Twitter

Janet Mock Nails Discussion Of Trans Identity On "The Colbert Report," Piers Morgan Freaks Out On Twitter
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Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness
Janet Mock speaks to us about being a transgender woman of color. Read More »

Earlier this month, trans activist and author Janet Mock appeared on “Piers Morgan Live” to discuss her new book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. That didn’t go so well, thanks to Morgan’s repeated misgendering of Mock and his focus on the physical aspects of her transition. Many of Mock’s supporters — and Mock herself — were rightly perturbed and expressed as much on Twitter, which Morgan mischaracterized as “attacks.” He had Mock back on his show the following night, and this followup went even worse — for Morgan, I mean, who came off even more shrill and entitled and clueless. The real bummer was that Mock was not given the time or freedom to actually talk about the issues discussed in her book, though it must be said that when Morgan did let her get a word in edgewise, she was brilliant. So it’s kind of amazing that the news show that actually gave Mock the opportunity to address the issues of real importance to the trans community, particularly trans women, was the satirical “Colbert Report,” on which Mock appeared last night. Keep reading »

Pussy Riot Win At Life On “The Colbert Report”

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"We Sang A Fun Song In A Church"
  • Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! You can watch the second part of Colbert’s interview at the link! [Comedy Central]
  • A breastfeeding mother got kicked out of an Alabama courtroom, despite a state law that says a mother may nurse a baby in any location, public or private, where she is legally allowed to be. [WKRG]
  • On Piers Morgan’s interview with transgender author Janet Mock and the psychology of the privileged. [Feministing]
  • Whether you believe Dylan Farrow or not depends on how which story you recognize. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Watch Stephen Colbert Marry A Couple Whose Wedding Was Ruined By The Government Shutdown

Watch Stephen Colbert Marry A Couple Whose Wedding Was Ruined By The Government Shutdown
Love Is Bigger Than This Shutdown!

Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le were all set to be married on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial this Saturday, but alas, the ongoing government shutdown got in the way of those plans, as government buildings and national sites like the memorial are closed until Congress gets its damn act together. When Stephen Colbert heard about the couple’s plight, he decided to help them out by offering to conduct the ceremony himself on to “The Colbert Report.” The ”2013 Government Shutdown Wedding of the Century” was a lovely affair, complete with music, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and … Mandy Patinkin!? SO AWESOME. Watch the full shebang (in two parts) above. [Gawker]

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