Anti-Steven Colbert articles are being written at a furious pace and social media has blow up with negative comments over one certain part of Colbert’s anti-Trump monologue on Monday night’s episode of “The Late Show”.
The joke that is drawing so much ire?
“The only thing your mouth is good for (Donald Trump) is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”
Now two days later the hashtag #FireColbert hit the Twitter trending list and is still going strong with Colbert coming under attack not only from right-wing Trump supporters but from over-sensitive members of the LGBT community.
Colbert’s decision to make this kind of joke illustrates a kind of casual homophobia that permeates American culture ― even among supposed liberal allies with massive media platforms. It positions sex between two men as doing something so mockable and inherently emasculating that it’s the ultimate “fuck you” to Donald Trump ― because what could be more embarrassing to a man than having a cock in his mouth? And what could be more offensive that being compared to ― or put in the submissive position of ― a woman?
At the heart of jokes like these is an erroneous belief that men who have sex with other men are the ultimate failure of masculine expectations. The “comedy” within this idea reeks of a bygone era where the power of straight, white men went unchecked and people not meeting their ideals of masculinity ― namely women, gay people, trans people, people of color, minorities in general ― continued to always be the butt of the joke.
Wow. Over analyze there much Jimmy?
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Of course, these homophobic jokes are themselves somewhat misogynistic. Trump is the butt of Colbert’s joke because he is the one performing oral sex on Putin, rather than the other way around. The indignity Trump suffers comes from being feminized, from assuming the role that a woman usually fills. Indeed, this is why many scholars and (more recently) courts have suggested that homophobia is rooted in sex discrimination: From an anti-gay perspective, by playing this “passive” role, a gay man betrays his place in the gender hierarchy by doing what a woman should do. Being assigned the female role comes with baggage — it means that Trump is incompetent, powerless and controlled by Putin.
Some might claim that the humor lies not in insinuating the two presidents’ homosexuality, but rather in their reaction to our insinuation. We can imagine that both of these men, who emphasize their machismo and who are no friends to the LGBT community, would object to being called gay. So what we’re laughing at is not the joke itself, but their imagined reaction to it. Rather than being homophobic ourselves, we’re laughing at the unenlightened homophobia of the jokes’ targets.
I mean honestly. With all the LGBT community is facing at this time including an expected Religious Freedom Executive Order tomorrow that will legalizes discrimination against is under the guise of religion, our civil rights being attacked and rolled back at an alarming rate, LGBT hate crimes rising, and the wholesale slaughter of gay men in Chechnya these two brain trusts use their time and energy to focus on a blowjob joke?
How about setting some priorities here.
To these two gentlemen and all the others focusing on Stephen Colbert’s blowjob joke while our world crumbles and burns around us I have only one thing to say.
Suck my cock.