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Why We Love Stephen Colbert: Straight Marriage Bans and Pretending Everybody's White Why We Love Stephen Colbert: Straight Marriage Bans and Pretending Everybody's White

Why We Love Stephen Colbert: Straight Marriage Bans and Pretending Everybody's White

by Liz Dwyer
May 10, 2013

You know those segments where Stephen Colbert nails the cultural zeitgeist so expertly that you have tears of laughter streaming down your cheeks? The above clip of The Colbert Report could be Exhibit A of why we love him.

Colbert kicks things off with the version of Google Glass that those of us who aren't BFF's with Sergey Brin are familiar with, and then segways to an epic interview with Donna Edwards, the Congresswoman for Maryland's 4th District, where Brin grew up. You see, it turns out that Maryland's 4th District is the first majority-black suburban district in America, making it, says Colbert, "the first suburb ever to be pulled over by the cops." When Edwards points out to Colbert that the district is very diverse, he replies, "I don't see race. I've evolved beyond that. I just pretend everybody's white."

Not content to dwell on a world where everyone's "white," they go on to discuss what Colbert insists is Maryland's decision to ban straight marriage and Edwards' efforts to pry people's guns from their cold, dead hands. After all, Colbert asks, what do you do when "there's a meth-crazed maniac over my bed wearing nothing but a clown mask and a jock strap and holding an axe?"

And just when you think you can't laugh any harder, Colbert dives into how disappointed everyone is in Obama. Edwards, trying to keep a straight face, insists she's not disappointed, but Colbert isn't having it. "He's a Muslim," Colbert says, "Sean Hannity told me that on the radio."

 

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