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Stephen Colbert Can't Believe the NFL Might Be Sullied with a Gay Player: VIDEO


Stephen Colbert is very upset about Michael Sam's coming out and feels as though his chances of being drafted have been shot.

Said Colbert:

"Michael Sam's only choice is to go back into the closet. Mike, we'll pretend you're not gay as long as you pretend we're not bigots."


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  1. I guess I appreciate Colbert's comments, but I can't help but assume that, for the percentage of people who watch this show and think that it's real news, the "comedy" therein is taken the wrong way. This assumption is based on the theory that if someone doesn't have the intelligence to understand what "parody" is, they're going to think: yeah, old Steve is right, Sam should go back in the closet. And so on. "Bigot" may mean "the thing that turns on the water". Overall reverse/negative effect. Any opinions?

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 12, 2014 12:23:38 PM

  2. "Mike, we'll pretend you're not gay if you pretend we're not bigots". Brilliant satire by Stephen Colbert.

    Posted by: Howard B | Feb 12, 2014 12:24:13 PM

  3. Really Tinkerbelle?

    Oh. Wait. The NBC Evening News with Brian Williams also features a laugh track all the way through it. My bad.

    Colbert is probably the best of the pack at what he does.

    Posted by: jtramon | Feb 12, 2014 12:31:06 PM

  4. Colbert shows that straight guys can bring the LGBT activism..a lot of times better than the gay ones....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 12, 2014 12:33:10 PM

  5. @TINKERBELLE -- I understand and appreciate your concern but I think it is mis-placed. If people think Colbert is delivering hard news and don't 'get' that it is satire, the American education system has failed miserably OR (and more likely) they are brainwashed beyond redemption.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Feb 12, 2014 12:39:56 PM

  6. Please let there be a team owner as brave as Branch Ricky was in the 1940s.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 12, 2014 12:41:19 PM

  7. Almost verbatim what Rush Limbaugh said. The difference being, Rush isn't pretending to be an idiot.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 12, 2014 12:49:54 PM

  8. Good grief, Tinkerbelle, are you dumb.

    No one who watches Stephen Colbert doesn't realize that it's comedy. That "Comedy Central" logo in the right corner is probably their first clue.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 12, 2014 12:57:45 PM

  9. You'd be surprised, Crisy. There's a still a few people out there that don't realize that The Onion is a parody as well.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 12, 2014 2:03:51 PM

  10. It's a pity the vid can't be seen outside the USA.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 12, 2014 2:46:02 PM

  11. Bad news, NFL homophobes. Once you step out of the bigot closet, it's awfully hard to step back in.

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 12, 2014 3:09:43 PM

  12. jtramon, Alex Parrish, crispy: naive is not le mot du jour. Grow up and smell the coffee.

    JackFknTwist: I'm watching this from France.

    FuryOfFirestorm: Thank you.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 12, 2014 3:51:32 PM

  13. jtramon, Alex Parrish, crispy: Also, if you had noted my proposal correctly, you would have seen that this is conjecture.

    Don't play with Tinkerbelle, she is far from stupid.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 12, 2014 3:53:34 PM

  14. I'm sure many NFL agents are thinking the exact same thing. I'd say his chances of getting drafted are 50/50 and the odds of playing if he were drafted about 15% 1-in-6ish.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 12, 2014 5:21:14 PM

  15. @ "Don't play with Tinkerbelle, she is far from stupid."

    All right, TinkerBELLE!

    Don't mess with Belle,, no, no, no

    Don't mess with, no, no, no

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 12, 2014 5:28:29 PM

  16. Sam will get hired by a major team, with all corporate and political pressure from above. He will get a major $pon$or... And 3 more players will come out before summer. The floodgates are open.

    Posted by: Mark Twain | Feb 12, 2014 7:00:17 PM

  17. My guess is that it that coming out wont hurt him at all, and might be an advantage.

    First, the NFL has an image problem - like the Fourty Niners player who was tricked into "locker-room-banter" mode by an interviewer and ended up making homophobic remarks on camera, only to have to go to "sensitivity training" and attend various events to show he has reformed. Hiring someone they know is gay would help.

    Second, by coming out at this point, it will be "old news" if they hire him, so they don't have to worry about a big coming out announcement, perhaps triggered by some unplanned event, colliding with their marketing by distracting from the message of the week (geared, of course, to getting people to go to the games or watch them on TV, all to increase the team's revenue.)

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 12, 2014 11:03:43 PM

  18. I want to like Colbert but he's made many MANY transphobic comments in the past and once he was finally called out on it, he apologized but in the same breath said something else offensive. I much prefer Jon Stewart.

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 13, 2014 10:55:58 AM

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