EPISODE NUMBER: 7061 (May 9, 2011)
GUESTS: Lupe Fiasco
SEGMENTS: Hasidic Newspaper Removes Hillary Clinton, Herman Cain Wins the First Republican Presidential Debate, The WØRD – Autocratic for the People
VIDEOS: Monday, May 9, 2011
Hi kids, sorry about the tardy episode guide. The CN site was kind of wonky early this morning, so I had to delay finishing this until after I got home from work.
I’m glad Stephen started out talking about the doctored Di Tzeitung photograph, because I found it to be both bizarre and disturbing that they would remove the women in the photo. I understand that’s their normal practice according to their religious laws of modesty, but honestly, is the mere presence of women “sexually suggestive”? They later apologized for doing it, saying that the photo editor didn’t read the standard instructions that accompany all such photos from the White House that the photo cannot be manipulated in any way. But as Stephen pointed out, it doesn’t make much sense.
I had no interest in the first Republican debate — it’s far too early in the election cycle to start paying attention, unless you’re a pundit — but apparently Herman Cain made an impression. The fact that Stephen mentioned it at all pleased Cain, who tweeted about it and gave Stephen a “tip of the hat” in return for the Colbert bump. The Wørd tonight was a good one. I hadn’t even heard about that bloodless coup staged in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The idea that one person could have the ability to deprive elected officials of their power is wrong, and a little frightening. Do the same thing on a national scale, and you wind up with military parades.
I mentioned last week that I’m old and out of touch, and I wasn’t kidding. I’d never heard of Lupe Fiasco before I saw the guest list for this week. But it was an interesting and entertaining interview. Stephen trading his smart glasses for the cool glasses was amusing because it reminded me of his “Singin’ in Korean” look. I had no idea what to expect from the performance, but it was excellent. Don’t forget to head over to Colbert Nation to check out a web-exclusive bonus performance of “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now”. I was just doing a little chair dancing to it while trying to type this, which is a definite sign that it’s good.
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