The Colbert Report 10/5/11   Leave a comment

I wasn’t sure which episode to watch, but thankfully, I recorded an episode of The Colbert Report with “Black Star” as featured guests. Before Stephen Colbert interviewed Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), he looked at Herman Cain’s viability as a Republican presidential candidate, possible divorce legislation in Mexico, and the upcoming release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

As an occasional viewer of The Colbert Report, it wasn’t hard to follow the satirical jokes made by Colbert. His character is a “megalomaniacal host” with a conservative agenda, which allows viewers to see fallacies in certain arguments, and gain a deeper understanding of current events. After reading Jones’ analysis of the show, I noticed small details in the show that I would not have noticed on my own. When Colbert looked into Herman Cain’s rise in popularity, he mindlessly attached himself to the candidate, without knowing what Cain stood for. He proceeded to show clips of Cain’s view on homosexuality, which led to the argument of sexual preference. Colbert explained how being gay was a “choice” for people, likening the entire argument to his “choice” to be a right-handed, white heterosexual, instead of a left-handed, Hispanic homosexual. This small portion of the episode was a great example of Jones’ chapter on The Colbert Report. Colbert, as his character for the show, supports a position, then inverts the argument made by the original party. Not only does Colbert make political figures look foolish, but he also finds a way to raise questions about rhetoric used in their statements. When Cain asked for the science that homosexuality is a choice, Colbert pointed out the irony of a Republican looking to science for proof. Colbert is not merely poking fun at the political arena, he is actually inviting the audience to think critically.

I loved the episode, especially the interview with Black Star. It’s hilarious to see Colbert push certain conservative ideologies onto guest stars, simply because they have to respond to his ridiculous questions and statements without much prior knowledge. The same was true with his interviews with Radiohead and Gorillaz, which were equally enjoyable.

Overall, I love The Colbert Report. Hopefully I can catch up on all the episodes I have recorded on my DVR, instead of letting them collect virtual dust.



Posted October 17, 2011 by justindcastillo in Uncategorized

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