Comedian and "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert came under fire over a joke about President Donald Trump that viewers branded “homophobic.” However, he says he has no regrets and refuses to apologize.
Earlier in the week, the comedian made several jokes targeting Trump after comments he made regarding the fake media in his interview with CBS' John Dickerson and also called his show “Deface the Nation.”
During the show, Colbert came to the defense of his friend and said, “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*** holster.”
The comments instantly stirred a controversy as many people labeled the joke homophobic. #FireColbert became one of the top trending topics on Twitter and people slammed the comedian for his jokes.
However, Colbert responded to the backlash and kicked off yesterday’s monologue of the show by addressing the controversy – in his own way.
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Late Show. I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? Am I still the host? I’m still the host! Now, folks, if you saw my monologue on Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine, so, at the end of my monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that. I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes, he has the launch codes, so… it’s a fair fight.”
Colbert finished his response by saying he "would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be.”
“So, while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. Now I’m not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say, for the record, life is short, and anybody who expresses their love for another person in their own way, is to me, an American hero. And I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that—nothing else but that.”
Colbert’s joke about Trump and Putin was taken negatively by Trump supporters and many demanded CBS to fire him.
However, many supported Colbert expressing their feeling that the late night host did not intend to offend the gay community.
Give Stephen Colbert an Award for standing up against a fascist nut, Trump. Mr. Colbert has stood up for America!https://t.co/Gckg5DNm4G— Adam B. Bear (@democraticbear) May 4, 2017
People who think Stephen Colbert's comment was homophobic need to say "Putin's cock-holster" out loud and try not to laugh.— Jay Kuo (@nycjayjay) May 3, 2017
Thank you, Stephen Colbert! Wouldn't have gotten through the first 100 days without you. #StephenColbert— RT Both (@rt_both) May 3, 2017
However, this is not the first time Colbert has addressed Trump in his show. His monologues have largely focused on Trump, his aides and their gaffes.
Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission Chairman, told Newsmax TV in an interview that the agency does not get into the business of regulating content. He further explained that unless content is indecent, obscene or profane by FCC standards, the agency’s authority is “pretty limited.”
“It’s a free country. People are willing and able to say just about anything these days,” said Pai.