Stephen Colbert has been the victim of internet trolling. News outlets did not catch on to the real story behind this week’s #FireColbert hashtag, but anyone who browsed the seedy underbelly of the internet Monday night knows 4chan users started the hashtag to supposedly “do to Colbert what the left did to O’Reilly.” (Here’s a link to their call to arms, but tread lightly; 4chan is not for the faint of heart.)
Either way, Stephen Colbert is still the host of The Late Show and during his opening monologue he responded to the outcry over his “homophobic” joke about the president.
“I don’t regret that.”
“He, I believe, can take care of himself,” said Colbert, of Trump. “I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”
“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. Now, I’m not going to repeat the phrase. I just want to say, for the record: life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is, to me, an American hero. And I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else – but, that.”