Stephen Colbert is the hero we need. Ever since his excruciating, live Election Night broadcast, the beloved leader of “The Nation” has been so much winning. And then there’s Trump.
I have a new mantra. It’s something Stephen said in a bit on Trump’s Nuclear Plans, 20 years ago in January. He said, “It’s funny because nothing matters anymore.” Michael Che let the line slip during last Saturday’s “Weekend Update” on SNL. And I find myself repeating it constantly. “It’s funny because nothing matters anymore.”
“Anymore” is the key word here. Stephen Colbert has become every thinking person’s voice. We are people who thought things mattered! Where we once had our pet causes, now we merely have dumbfounded, flabbergasted, confused and fearful ANGER. Stephen made a brave choice to embrace that fear and anger and give into the cray-side. He models the courage all we snowflakes need to embrace.
“Let your freak flag fly,” is the phrase my partner has been using since the election. “If crazy is the new normal, I’m gonna have my freak flag at full mast every second of the day,” he repeats.
Me being, well, me, I found it in a quote by Camus. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” In other words, “It’s funny because nothing matters because anymore.” “Let your freak flag fly.”
And Stephen keeps winning! The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is now the highest rated late-night show. Which hits Trump where it matters, in the ratings. The President told Time magazine:
Stephen wasn’t shy in his reaction, squealing, “I won!” Nothing important may matter anymore, but nothing is sweeter than high ratings! CBS will pay any “potty mouth” fine. They will never cut lose this golden egged goose. He certainly makes better news than Trump.
Stephen Colbert gets it. Even crazy has rules. Play by them! So while Anderson Cooper is now openly rolling his eyes at the creepy Nazi from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kellyanne Conway:
Meanwhile, I’m expecting my afternoon, BREAKING NEWS! humdinger about Trump, treason, obstruction of justice, and Russian disruption of our democracy. I call it my “Daily Constitutional Crisis.” What!? What do you call it?
I’m just going to keep letting my freak flag fly, Stephen! I get it! I’m going to be mad, be rash, smoke and explode, burn all my clothes.
Thanks to Stephen Colbert, I will live my exquisitely nerdy life down on the farm with my bandana made of Superman sheets, my overalls, and Eau de DEET parfume, while doing whatever I damn well please. I’m living so free that my very existence is an act of rebellion.
You either get it or you don’t. Only Stephen Colbert can explain it to ya.
But, it’s funny because nothing matters anymore.
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June 13th, 2017 at 9:47 am
Yes SC so gets it! It’s one of the few fixes we have left. Carry on trooper Jessica! Big hug oh and yes getting better at the new ph!
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June 13th, 2017 at 9:49 am
I was just watching the Rod Rosenstein testimony on CNN on my computer, and a pop up said I was under a virus threat and the computer froze. Weirdness abounds! Comey said, the Russian attacks will continue.
May 20th, 2017 at 7:22 pm
So I watched the Colbert segment you linked to and was able prove your point to myself before I even got farther into your post.
I was watching the part where Colbert references the lack of supervision over or nukes. Well it wasn’t “Wow, hasn’t it even gotten worse – what with whole obstruction of justice thingie and the ’21st Century Glass Steagull’ plan that doesn’t include separating commercial and investment banking. I mean what do words even mean anymore?”
Nope! My reaction was “Oh thanks goodness. We’re not doing so bad. No nuclear holocaust. I mean that’s GOOD!” So yeah. The bar is so low it’s terrifying. But I like your vision. Gives us even more comfort to speak our own minds. Bob and weave, baby. Good job.
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May 20th, 2017 at 7:27 pm
Thanks! There must be some way to live through the madness. Like Norman Bates said, “We all go a little made sometimes.” 😉
May 18th, 2017 at 6:16 pm
To be absolutely honest I always preferred Stewart. Somehow he was closer to my sense of humor. Maybe it’s a jewish thing. I dunno …
But Colbert was very close second and I was quite upset when he decided to move to the Network primetime slot. I mourned the loss of another original voice to the blend soup of Night shows. I didn’t want him to become another Jimmy Something …
Now we will never know if he would or not, because he truly found his stride with the arrival of the #45. Go Stephen.
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May 18th, 2017 at 6:43 pm
I still love Stewart, but I think he couldn’t take it anymore either. Stephen Colbert was tired of playing Stephen Colbert. And network TV gained more, relevant brains than it has had. It’s his style. We all know what a good and decent guy he is. So watching him go a little mad sometimes is healthy. Like catharsis.