Colbert Brings Americans Very Close Together


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By Joe Messina

In one of his most absurd bits since moving to CBS, Stephen Colbert urged Americans to find unity in the wake of the passing of a discriminatory LGBT law in North Carolina. The new law prevents local municipalities from passing anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

Instead of speaking out against the law, Colbert took a mock serious tone and promised not to deny the people of NC access to The Late Show. This promise came as a response to musicians who have cancelled shows in the state and corporations that have cancelled plans for new business in the state.

Sitting at a desk in what is presumably his office, Colbert addressed recent news that Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen had both cancelled shows in NC, and that PayPal had cancelled plans for a new operations center in the state.

“Even the porn site XHamster blocked North Carolina users from their site,” Colbert added. “Now where are North Carolina Hamsters gonna go for their porn?”

Colbert said he didn’t want to deny people his talents, though, and promised to use the “magic of television” to bridge our differences. Even after the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee believed this country could come together, Colbert said, as two men dressed as the historical figures entered the frame from either side. As Colbert continued in a serious tone, Lincoln and Lee started to make out vigorously.

“We must cling to each other passionately, and really, really just go for it,” Colbert said as they continued.

Watch the whole clip below.


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