Voice for Equality: Stephen Colbert
October 30, 2009Stephen Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, comedian and television host. He is the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, a satirical news show in which Colbert portrays a caricatured version of conservative political pundits. Colbert wrote and performed on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show before collaborating with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello on the cult television series Strangers with Candy. He gained considerable attention for his role on the latter as closeted, gay history teacher Chuck Noblet. It was his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's news-parody series The Daily Show (for which Mr. Colbert won three Emmy Awards for writing), however, that first introduced him to a wide audience. Since its debut, The Colbert Report has been successful, establishing itself as one of Comedy Central's highest-rated series, earning Colbert three Emmy nominations and an invitation to perform as featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006. Colbert was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2006, and his book, I Am America (And So Can You!), was No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller List. Learn more here.
Mr. Colbert has been a tireless satirist of anti-gay groups' efforts to use fear and falsehoods to influence opinions about marriage equality. After the propagandist "Gathering Storm" video was released by the National Organization for Marriage in April 2009, Mr. Colbert ran a parody on The Colbert Report poking holes in NOM's logic and arguments:
Then on the October 26, 2009 Colbert Report, Mr. Colbert found some comedic truths while pursuing the logic of domestic-partnership opponents in Washington State to its absurd conclusions:
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Freedom to Marry salutes Stephen Colbert as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.
If Mr. Colbert's comedic support inspires you, take action! Link to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality to find out how you can help with the vital work of preserving marriage equality in Maine!
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