US talk show host Stephen Colbert has faced criticism and been labelled a homophobe over a joke he made about President Donald Trump on his Late Show on Monday night.
In the episode, filmed around the end of President Trump’s first 100 days in office, Colbert delivered a lengthy monologue ending in a rant in which Colbert called the commander-in-chief a “pricktator” who attracts “more skinheads than free Rogaine” and has “more people marching against him than cancer”.
But what attracted the most criticism was comments Colbert made about President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster,” he said.
A campaign demanding Colbert’s network CBS sack him erupted on Twitter between Trump supporters and critics, with the hashtag #FireColbert going viral around the world.
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Homophobia for the right cause, with the right targets, is good homophobia, apparently. https://t.co/4rLd1wfTfA
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