It’s #CancelStewart! With a vulgar joke, Jon Stewart teases #CancelColbert

Stewart uses foul language about women to satirize his audience's sensitivities

Topics: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert,

It's #CancelStewart! With a vulgar joke, Jon Stewart teases #CancelColbertJon Stewart (Credit: Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart has weighed in on his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert’s recent controversy.

Referring to the Chris Christie administration’s treatment of former aide Bridget Kelly as a hysterical and incompetent woman, Stewart produced a phony report cover headlined “Bitches Be Crazy, Right?” At its bottom was a hashtag: “#CancelStewart.” “How’d that get in there?” Stewart asked, his voice pitched high.

#CancelColbert, of course, was the movement that blossomed online last week after the @ColbertReport Twitter feed posted, out of context, a joke about “Orientals” that many found offensive even in context (it was meant, on the show, to satirize the Washington Redskins’ owner and his attempts to reach out to Native Americans). This joke seemed designed to seem on-its-face offensive to the most sensitive among us — what rough language, how antifeminist — while actually being politically correct. It’s mocking Christie’s attitudes, not putting forth Stewart’s own.

Is a joke about Christie’s treatment of “bitches” that’s designed to be offensive as bad as Colbert’s perceived offense? Well, not much, as yet, is happening on #CancelStewart. His job is safe for now.

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Burger King Japan

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.

    Elite Daily/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    McDonald's Black Burger: Because the laws of competition say that once Burger King introduces a black cheeseburger, it's only a matter of time before McDonald's follows suit. You still don't have to eat it.

    Domino's

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.

    Arby's/Facebook

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Arby's Meat Mountain: The viral off-menu product containing eight different types of meat that, on second read, was probably engineered by Arby's all along. Horrific, regardless.

    KFC

    2014's fast food atrocities

    KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.

    Michele Parente/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.

    Pizzagamechangers.com

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake: The people's choice winner of a Canadian pizza chain's contest whose real aim, we'd imagine, is to prove that there's no such thing as "too far." Currently in development.

    7-Eleven

    2014's fast food atrocities

    7-Eleven's Doritos Loaded: "For something decadent and artificial by design," wrote one impassioned reviewer, "it only tasted of the latter."

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...