Did Colbert go too far? Or is this an attack on free speech?
Popular late night television host Stephen Colbert has come under widespread scrutiny for a recent rant of his against the President. Although he’s made sexually charged jokes in the past — he does it on a basically regular basis — one of his latest has gotten him into hot water.
In a recent opening monologue, while commenting on the remarkable way in which CBS’s John Dickerson kept himself composed while facing an incredible mound of utter bullcrap in an interview with the President, Colbert said that the “only thing” that Donald Trump’s mouth is “good for” is to function as a “c— holder for Putin.”
The “joke” was that Colbert wasn’t like Dickerson so he didn’t have to maintain himself in the same fashion as the CBS host did in dealing with Trump’s ludicrousness.
That “joke,” however, in obscenely turning homosexuality into a punchline, has drawn unsurprising criticism.
Colbert isn’t phased, but the head of the FCC is.
Ajit Pai, who recently announced plans to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, told a talk radio station: “We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action.”
The “appropriate action,” Pai explained, may include a fine.
For content to be “obscene” and warrant a fine, it “must appeal to an average person’s prurient (sexual) interest; depict or describe sexual conduct in a ‘patently offensive’ way; and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”