Words Matter…Don’t They…

Hold up…Wait a minute…It appears that late night television host Stephen Colbert is finding himself in some hot water after his Monday night monologue that of course went after the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Colbert’s rant/monologue was in reference to an interview that President Trump gave to John Dickerson, a CBS reporter who began questioning the President about his March 2017 claims that former President Barack Obama had wire tapped his phones. Through his discussion and questions Dickerson had opened up the sitting President of the United States an opportunity to explain himself and to ensure that the mainstream media was getting the real news directly from the mouth of the President. 

However, President Trump refused, abruptly ended the interview and stormed off to his chair in The Oval Office. As Colbert eluded to in his monologue, Dickerson is to much of a gentleman to go after the President – but he was not. A few one liners into his rant on the President of the United States, Colbert made the following joke:

“In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”

The joke has angered many. And while it was risqué to say the least, many would think it was tame in regards to the Hollywood Access video/audio tape that was released in October 2016 of then reality television star, turned President of the United States boasting about being able to grab women by the pussy without having to even ask, because he was famous. We have all lived through the audio tape – it even traumatized some of us, myself included – I had to explain to a small group of close loved ones what a pussy actually was. It’s a sign of the times, that we live in a world where many people gave indication following the election that Trump’s words did not matter to them. What mattered to them were their jobs, the economy and their safety. Women came on to national television, supporters of then candidate Trump and said they were disgusted by what he said and rightfully so, but they would still support him and vote for on Election Day 2016. 

And so a comedian on a late night talk show makes an off the cuff remark and the world has a meltdown. Personally I don’t find the joke funny or distasteful. I find that Colbert made a joke that he knew many would find offensive and that would lead people to start talking about it in the mainstream media the following day. I find that Colbert knew it would become a viral clip that would be played over and over and over again. I find that those who took to Twitter with #FireColbert to be a little hypocritical considering who the country elected as President. So I’m clear, we are expected to tell our children, that it’s okay to say a man can grab a woman by their genitals if you’re famous, but it’s not okay to make a joke about fellatio between two men? Where do we draw the line of being offended. 

Gay Trump supporters…and let me pause here…because I think everyone should be able to support whomever they so choose in an election and in politics…but Gay Trump supporters who have “spent the last 2 years of my life working to defeat Hillary” are angered and outraged over a joke made by a comedian – one who only holds pop culture power over his fans, but yet support a President who is reportedly preparing to sign a religious liberty Executive Order on Thursday, May 4th. 

Most of us were raised to know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong and that our words of consequences – but we live in a different world now. What consequences did President Trump’s words have from the Hollywood Access video, in order to find out that answer – we should probably ask Billy Bush, I think he knows. 

But the point is mainly this, if Stephen Colbert is to lose his job for making a sexually charged joke, shouldn’t the President? 

LGBT: What If…

Since the end of February 2017, reportedly, Chechen authorities have arrested some 100 gay men. Those men have been, reportedly, beaten and tortured with electric shocks and glass bottles have been used as torture devices. Three men, reportedly, have died after being sent to secret prisons, described as concentration camps. As of last week, United States Ambassador Nikki Haley remains to be the highest official in the country’s government to speak out on these, alleged, hate crimes in Chechnya. The ambassador, at the urging of GLAAD released the following statement on April 17, 2017:

“We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses. We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.”

And yet there has been no word from President Donald Trump to condemn these torturous acts of violence against humanity on his twitter handle regarding these horrible acts. Since Ambassador Haley released her statement on Monday, April 17th here are some of the items that the President has since tweeted about:

  • 04/17/2017: A Retweet of His Approval Ratings
  • 04/18/2017: Democrat Candidate Jon Ossoff 
  • 04/19/2017: The Super Bowl Champions Visiting The White House
  • 04/20/2017: The Failing New York Times
  • 04/21/2017: The Ridiculous Standard of the First 100 Days in Office
  • 04/22/2017: Big Upcoming Rally in Pennsylvania
  • 04/23/2017: Still Beat Hillary in Popular Vote
  • 04/24/2017: ABC & NBC Fake News
  • 04/25/2017: Fake Media
  • 04/26/2017: Signed Another Executive Order

And while sure there were tweets that the President mentioned signing other things, I’m sure that will please the Republican Party and many of the voters in the country – the point remains…were are his properties. Reportedly, human lives are being taken at extremely violent ways across the world and this sitting President has nothing to say. And while there will be those who may say I am nitpicking and that the President can’t condemn every horrible action that occurs in the world – this is the same President who shamed Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep – if there was time to do that there is time to do this. This is after all the then-candidate who said he would be the best friend to LGBT ever in The White House! 

But even more so, beyond the President of the United States, not using his power Twitter profile to condemn such hate, a sitting United States Senator from Wyoming told a group of middle school and high school students, this, after the Chechnya LGBT crisis was reported:

“We always say that in Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face. I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem. I’d be interested in any solutions that you have for how we can make that work better. The biggest thing that we need is civility.”

The irony that Senator Mike Enzi would call for civility in the same the statement that claims a man who wears a tutu is asking to be beat it up. For those who may not understand what the big deal is and claim that he’s right – would it be okay for someone of his authority in The United States Senate to say that a woman…your mother…your daughter…your sister…your best friend deserved to be raped because she wore a low-cut blouse when she went to the bar!? FUCK NO! 

I am horrified at the thought process that we are seeing in our society day after day. The levels of hate to which we are descending to is scary. I end with this, perhaps the next time someone wants to speak out against men being beaten up for who they are in this world…how they were born…that people think, “How would I feel if this were my son or my daughter?” And go a step beyond that, before you agree with them and cheer them on…perhaps you should think the same thing! 

We should no longer ignore, nor should we want to ignore the crimes against humanity that are occurring. It’s time that we all rise above ourselves and learn what civility truly means. 

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Until Next Time…