long post, sorry.
Okay, so my dad really hates Stephen Colbert. Like a lot. When I was first watching him back when I was like 12-13 I had to hide the fact that I watched The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. It wasn’t exactly ban in the house, but my dad sure didn’t like it and always said very mean things about Jon and Stephen and the fact that I was watching it.
(which has feed into a lot of problems for me in general but this isn’t about that but boy I could go on about that.)
Anyways, a few minutes ago my dad was asking if I wanted to find something to watch on TV. I said sure but “my show” (because saying Stephen’s name in his house is a mortal sin) would be on soon at 10:35. My dad of course scoffed and rolled his eyes. I shrugged it off because that’s all I can do. Then an idea popped into my head and I was like…
“You know Anthony Scaramucci is going to be on the show Monday.” and explained a bit about ‘front stabbing’ and the fact that The Mooch is bringing Stephen a knife. Then I went on, “do you wanna watch that one with me?” He shook his head. “No, thanks.” sarcastically. I said, “is it because you think Scaramucci will be saying Anti-Trump things?” He responded by saying: “it’s not that. I just can’t stand Colbert.” So this started the argument.
I can’t pull too many direct quotes, and I was kinda antagonizing him. But basically he was talking about the “hateful rhetoric” and how it’s “a wonder no one has been hurt” because of it and stuff. Which just…struck me so hard. Because my dad thinks that Stephen Colbert, a comedian, saying something like “POTUS; you’re the ‘BLOTUS.” and all the following insults is hateful rhetoric but that what Trump says isn’t hateful rhetoric.
How? Just how? How? How????? How is it that Trump’s remarks aren’t considered hateful? I do not understand how Stephen saying “I love your presidency. I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation,‘” is worse and more hurtful than Trump mocking a disabled reporter at a rally or the fact that he said he would ban transgender people from military service or that his racism is more acceptable than Stephen saying. “only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.” (which as a bisexual man, I had no problem with that joke).
Then he went on to be like “these people need to respect the office of the president. If people said the things like this about Obama it wouldn’t have been allowed!” and all that conservative bullshit. PEOPLE DID SAY TERRIBLE, AWFUL THINGS ABOUT OBAMA YET OBAMA DIDN’T MAKE A FAKE NEWS OUTLET TO PUSH HIS PROPAGANDA. What’s even more is that they often tried to de-legitimize Obama. On top of that a lot of the jokes/comments/rhetoric against Obama were driven by hate and racism while what is said against Trump is shit like “The only thing smaller than your hands are your tax returns.”
How can people compare making a joke about Tiny Hands having tiny hands to people lynching fake Obama dolls in their yards and stuff? I don’t understand how people can stick by such a hateful man. A hateful man that spouts hateful rhetoric that HAS ALREADY GOTTEN PEOPLE HURT.
A satirical joke is not equal to hate speech. All presidents get people making jokes about them. What’s different here is that people can’t respect the office because the man in the office is disrespectful.