“Who would’ve thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstanding?” – Stephen Colbert on Twitter
A truly brilliant satirist never blinks. Even when a bunch of mouthy dumbasses miss out on the joke and marshal the full weight and power of Twitter to rail and rattle against the perceived wrong, the brilliant satirist is thrilled because this indeed makes the joke even better.
You’ve heard the news: In response to NFL owner Dan Snyder forming the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation” designed to ameliorate concerns over the racial offensiveness of his team’s name (the foundation itself sounding almost like a funny Onion parody already), Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert launched his own fake “Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation of Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” on The Colbert Report. Predictably, there was much outrage and harrumphing. Hashtag Cancel Colbert! I can’t prove it scientifically, but it seems like the crying over Colbert’s satire was louder than it’s ever been against Snyder. This is the world we live in.
Well, last night, Colbert responded for the first time to the hubbub by declaring defiantly “I’m still here!” He went on to say, however, “I’m not gonna lie. This was close. We almost lost me. I’m never gonna take me for granted ever again.”
And then Colbert satirically shuttered his fake satirical organization and satirically fired it’s only satirical employee. This is funny because, ironically Snyder’s ridiculous foundation charges ahead unscathed.
As the world, and especially the news media that reports on it, descends further into absurdity, we need more Colberts.