I’d missed this one earlier. Satirist Stephen Colbert, in response to calls from a friend of uber-conservative blogger Michelle Malkin to cancel his show over a joke he made about the Redskins mascot being racist, did the intro to his show last night showing his staff being fired and the show being closed down.
Just to add to the fun, Colbert was wearing a Redskins hat and jersey.
This was in addition to a later segment in the same show where Colbert “apologized” for the joke, but didn’t really.
In addition to showing the Colbert Report staff leaving with boxes, and the set being shut down, Colbert showed scenes from disaster movies like the Morning After, and then even showed the famous “crying Indian” from the anti-litter campaign in the early 1970s. That last part was particularly cheeky, considering the context (Colbert got into trouble for sticking up for Native Americans).
It’s pretty funny, and the perfect response to people who don’t understand (the point of) satire.
If you’re in the mood, this is a particularly good take-down of the activist who started the entire #cancelcolbert campaign. It appears that, among other problems such as having great disdain for white people, she really has contempt for gays too. (Surprise.)
And here’s the “crying Indian” ad from the 70s. It was later discovered that the actor in the ad, Iron Eyes Cody, was not in fact Native American, but actually Italian-American. Still, the Hollywood Native American community, knowing this, honored Cody in 1995 for his contributions to the portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood.