7 Feminist Stephen Colbert Segments That Prove 'The Late Show' Should Continue To Spotlight Women's Issues
In addition to being one the most beloved comedians in show business, Stephen Colbert is a self-described feminist. When I read the comedian's article in Glamour explaining "Why He Thinks Women Should Be in Charge of Everything," all his points were (hilarious) music to my ears, but his commitment to women's issues didn't come as a surprise. During his years on The Colbert Report, he used his ultra-conservative persona to mock the infuriating sexism in our government and society. In fact, many of Colbert's segments were focused on women's rights. Although The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will have a very different format than his Comedy Central show, we can rest assured that his material and guest line-up will be influenced by his feminist outlook. His Glamour article assured us of this:
I'm here for you, and that means I'm going to do my best to create a Late Show that not only appeals to women but also celebrates their voices. These days TV would have you believe that being a woman means sensually eating yogurt, looking for ways to feel confident on heavy days, and hunting for houses. But I'm going to make a show that truly respects women, because I know that there's more than one way to be one.
Network late shows tend to be more focused on celebrity and pop culture than politics, so it will be interesting to see how Colbert strikes a balance between the two. As much as I love his Colbert Report persona, I'm eager to see him discuss feminism and politics in his own voice — because if his words in Glamour were any indication, it's going to have us both laughing and cheering. What more could you ask for?
Although he'll be doing so from a different perspective, we can count on Colbert to deliver many more segments that bring awareness to women's issues — with a huge dose of biting humor, of course. Here are 7 segments from The Colbert Report that prove this feminist won't let us down:
1. When He Interview Anita Sarkeesian About Gamergate
After discussing the threats female gamers receive, Colbert asked Sarkeesian if, as a man, he has permission to be a feminist. After making him verify that he believes in equal rights for women, they agreed he's a feminist and shook hands on it — just to make it official.
2. When He Issued This Oppressed White Male Alert
Mayor Filner blamed the city of San Diego for his sexual harassment of women because they didn't provide him with the necessary training — which Colbert equates to it being the city's fault if he killed someone because he didn't receive "don't murder" training. Preach.
3. When He Got Real About Equal Pay (Exhibit A)
When the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was passed in 2009, Colbert feigned outrage. "Women will benefit from this law more than men," he pointed out. "If you can't discriminate against women, what's the point of even hiring them?"
4. When He Got Real About Equal Pay (Exhibit B)
Colbert recognizes that pay inequality isn't always related to gender. For example, in Andrea Tantaros' case, he posits she's not being paid less by Fox because she's a woman — but because she's brunette.
5. When He Introduced "Lady Heroes"
When Colbert introduced his new "seg-woment," he explained that naturally all the Lady Heroes will be men, because speaking on behalf of women is something conservative men excel at. We can always count on him to ask the important questions like, "Do women care about money?" and "Do they even cash their pay checks?"
6. When He Interviewed Simone Campbell
Props to Colbert for recognizing that sometimes influential feminists can be found in unlikely places. He brought Simone Campbell, the "radical feminist nun" on his show to talk about the social justice movement within the Catholic church.
7. When He Cooked With Feminists
Listen up to Colbert's important questions here — how can we possibly need any women in the media other than Ann Coulter? How can you tell if a woman is a feminist or just angry? He gets bonus points for his "Kiss the Cook" apron. (Gloria Steinem liked it, too.)
Colbert on The Late Show may be different than the one we know from The Colbert Report, but as long as he continues to bring awareness to women's issues, he can make as many changes as he likes.