4 Reasons Stephen Colbert Isn't Going Anywhere
Just because something is trending on Twitter doesn't mean any corresponding action will happen.
Remember 2014's #BringBackOurGirls campaign, aimed at rescuing 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls? That ferocious social media campaign didn't change the lives of those poor girls.
And practically every day there's a similar social media movement aimed at editing out a "problematic" movie scene or getting someone fired.
Like Stephen Colbert.
#FireColbert trended this week after "The Late Show" host told a disgusting oral sex joke aimed at President Donald Trump. The media initially shrugged its shoulders at the offensive line. Then, a few folks on Twitter realized the joke had a whiff of homophobia.
That started the wheels of universal outrage flowing. Still, Colbert isn't going anywhere. Here are four reasons why.
1. He Picked the Right Target
Remember that rodeo clown who got fired for poking fun at President Barack Obama in one of his live sketches? That performer got a lifetime ban from that particular rodeo, too, along with some death threats.
Why? He targeted President Obama, a politician the culture overlords said was mostly off limits.
Now, compare that to President Trump. Few, if any, media outlets would rise up to defend Trump against a similar attack. We're seeing that play out right now. Or, more specifically, not play out.
Sarah Palin. Paul Ryan. Mitt Romney. They all got viciously attacked at various points in their political careers. Few, if any, of the folks who slammed them suffered any consequences.