The Right Wing

Rush Limbaugh and Ben Shapiro Completely Freak Out About Stephen Colbert Getting Late Show

Right-wing pundits can't believe that someone who openly mocks them got the job.

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To hear Rush Limbaugh and Ben Shapiro tell it, the country has been thrown into perhaps its gravest moral crisis to date. Maybe even a constitutional one. It's Armageddon! The cause of this earth shattering news: The announcement that Stephen Colbert, who has made a career out of mocking right-wing pundits like Rush and Ben Shapiro, is taking over Dave Letterman's Late Show. Head for the hills, traditional America!

"CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America," Limbaugh sputtered on his show. "No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it's just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny, and a redefinition of what is comedy. They're blowing up the 11:30 format... they hired a partisan, so-called comedian, to run a comedy show."

Not to be outdone, editor, Ben Shapiro, spent the day tweeting his outrage at the news, saying things like: 

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"Colbert? Really? Why not just wait until President Obama is out of office and hire him to replace Letterman directly?"

But somehow, he was having trouble conveying the full extent of how upset he was. By the end of the day he finally landed on the most egregious metaphor he could find to express himself. Colbert's pretending to be conservative is the moral equivalent to racists wearing blackface.  Here is an excerpt from his truly unhinged column:

This routine, in which Colbert plays at conservatism in order to portray it as unendingly ugly, should be labeled for what it is: vile political blackface. When Colbert plays “Colbert,” it’s not mere mockery or satire or spoof. It’s something far nastier.

Blackface, which has an ugly history dating back to at least the fifteenth century according to historian John Strausbaugh, was used to portray demeaning and horrifying stereotypes of blacks. Such stereotypical imitation has not been limited to blacks, of course; actors tasked with playing stereotypical Jew Shylock often donned a fake nose and red wig, as did actors who were supposed to play Barabas in The Jew of Malta. Such stereotypical potrayals create a false sense of blacks, or Jews, or whomever becomes the target of such nastiness.

And this is precisely what Colbert does with regard to politics: he engages in Conservativeface.

Conservativeface! Boy, that is just awful! Can't believe no one has called him on that before!