“People ask me, ‘What are you most proud of?’ I think I’m most proud of the fact that I moved here. I tried it. Nothing happens unless you set the wheels in motion. So to me, that was everything – whether those wheels squeaked a lot or didn’t move sometimes didn’t matter. I could walk home from a comedy club at three in the morning, no money, after I bombed in front of four Dutch sailors and was like, 'Yes!’ I loved … every … minute … of it." — Jon Stewart
Why Stephen Colbert's Transphobic Jokes Are Not Satirizing Transphobia
Here are some super hilarious jokes:
“…President Elect, Obama is meeting every day with his transition team, or in beltway lingo, ‘trannies’.”
“First of all, congratulations… transparency award. Congratulations on winning the coveted… tranny.“
“Here’s a general rule of thumb I have: if you don’t know whether you’ve made a particular mistake more or less than 50 times, that’s not really a mistake. At that point, it’s something you do.
For instance, how many times have I accidentally picked up a tranny hooker at a truck-stop? I wanna say it’s in the 50s, but it could be higher. I-I-i- guess what I’m saying is I’m nearsighted?”
“This person, that person? That’s the phrase I use when I’m talking about Jackie, the ‘person’ I met in the meat-packing district with an adam’s apple and hands like canoe paddles.” *looks around suspiciously*
And here are two more:
"C’mon democratic party. Play along! If your party does not implode, we’ll have to go with our backup scandal. Ed Rendell is a tranny!”
(making up a fake scandal for a random governor) “Governor Bob Riley, of Alabama, is fond of banana pudding…when served off the breasts of a Thai shemale.”
In each grouping above, one of the jokes is from Jon Stewart and one is from Stephen Colbert. Yet, despite the fact that Jon Stewart is a liberal comedian, they are almost indistinguishable from each other.
That’s the thing, jokes mocking and dehumanizing trans people are a liberal problem. Liberal comedians and comedy shows do it constantly. Nearly all of them. It’s borderline harassment.
Colbert isn’t using these jokes to mock conservatives’ transphobia, he’s just using time-tested trans jokes (ones often used by other liberal comedians) for easy laughs. And because liberals (as well as conservatives) find the idea of a trans person to be the most hilarious/disgusting thing ever, these jokes fucking kill.
“I heard someone on the news say ‘Tragedy has visited this church’ – This wasn’t a tornado. This was a racist.”
“[In the Charlestons of this nation] the roads are named for confederate generals who fought to prevent them from driving freely on that road. That’s insanity. That’s racial wallpaper…The confederate flag flies over South Carolina and the roads are named after confederate generals. And the white guy is the one complaining about his country being taken away from him.”