Because people neither understand nor want to understand context within satire — particularly when it’s constrained by 140 characters on Twitter — #CancelColbert was a movement of “hashtag activism” that missed its mark by failing to aim for the true target.
I’ll let Stephen Colbert as “Stephen Colbert” respond in full. As he did on Monday’s episode of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, with a cold open, monologue, bits and his guest, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Something something never has B.D. Wong been so g.d. right.
Oh, and Colbert had Stone kill his show’s other Twitter account, @ColbertReport, during the broadcast. Long live Colbert’s personal Twitter, @StephenAtHome.
This was Colbert’s first time on the air since Thursday night, when #CancelColbert got started.
“In a sense, I was canceled for three days. Just like Jesus.” — Stephen Colbert. He satirized for our sins.
Roll the clips, Jimmy!