Stephen Colbert accused of homophobia over joke aimed at Trump
Late Show host Stephen Colbert has been accused of homophobia for a joke he made about President Trump.
The joke was one of various Colbert made during an opening monologue on Monday night during which he took aim at Trump over a suddenly-ended interview he did with CBS News’ John Dickerson.
Dickerson had asked the President about the unproven claims that President Obama had wiretapped Trump’s presidential campaign.
Colbert laid into the President, saying he attracts “more skinheads than free Rogaine”, and “You have more people marching against you than cancer.”
He added: “You talk like a sign language gorilla that got hit in the head”
Before saying: “In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”
While the audience seemed to see the funny side of the joke, many took to Twitter to brand Colbert “homophobic” for the Putin line.
CBS has not responded to the controversy, but many have took to Twitter to express their displeasure at the joke.
One even went so far as to call Colbert a “scumbag” while others suggested he should be sacked as the Late Show host.
A user wrote: “#FireColbert Anti-American. Homophobic. Bigot.”
And another said: “His remarks about our president were disgusting even for him.”
A video of the monologue is available below, beware it contains NSFW language:
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Colbert earlier this year took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin leader is so annoyed with the concept that earlier this year, his government added an image of him in drag to the country’s registry of prohibited “extremist” content.
The much-distributed picture has circulated widely on the internet and at LGBT rights protests, seeking to resist the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law by lampooning Putin’s macho image.
The video, which was pretty funny, pulled no punches when it came to the Russian President’s sensitivity to the image.
Meanwhile, the White House is expected to have an anti-LGBT+ religious liberty executive order signed this week.