Liberals and conservatives alike are agreeing that Stephen Colbert should be fired by CBS, but not necessarily for the same reasons.
While some outraged viewers are calling for Colbert’s termination over a comment about President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that they view as homophobic, conservatives appear to simply want him gone for his politics and frequent, sharp criticism of Trump.
Colbert made the controversial insult during Monday’s passionate “Late Show” monologue, which went viral online. In it, he stood up for CBS News colleague John Dickerson, whose interview with Trump was cut short by the president, who was being repeatedly questioned about his wiretap allegations against former President Barack Obama.
“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine,” Colbert said during the rant. “You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”
The last, sexually charged barb seems to be the one for which Colbert is taking the heat.
A barrage of tweets calling for Colbert’s firing from the late-night show went out in response to the comments, many using the hashtag “#FireColbert.”
The fact that Colbert can make homophobic statements shows his privilege & systematic oppression of minority groups.#FireColbert
— Scott Presler (@ScottPresler) May 3, 2017
— Don Haley (@don_haley) May 3, 2017
#FireColbert Anti-American. Homophobic. Bigot.
— TheyLIVE (@zsazsagogrl) May 2, 2017
— Jacqueline D’aubigne (@JackieDaubigne) May 3, 2017
You’re a scumbag.
— Ise Malaka (@ise_malaka) May 2, 2017
So, Colbert is saying homophobic things again? Disappointing that CBS supports and empowers this. #firecolbert
— Michael Oxley (@Truthchampion16) May 2, 2017
While many are calling for Colbert’s termination out of outrage over one joke being seen as homophobic, it’s difficult to discern whether they’re written by people concerned with LGBTQ rights or Trump supporters who are more concerned about partisan politics — many of whom claim to have never even watched his show.
#FireColbert has shown me that US conservatives only care about free speech and LGBTQ rights when it’s convenient for them. Not how it works
— Tom Sawyer (@circlepity) May 3, 2017
It’s just locker room talk.
Colbert just has an unconventional style.
Don’t take him literally.
Trump and CBS
— Elaine Gaetano (@rosalita2740) May 3, 2017
— Hispanics for Trump (@HispanicsTrump) May 3, 2017
The people requesting CBS #FireColbert don’t strike me as the type to march down Broadway carrying signs that say “End homophobic remarks”
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) May 3, 2017
— Fred Koerber (@KoerberFred) May 2, 2017
Colbert hasn’t tweeted since Monday. Representatives for Colbert and the “Late Show” didn’t immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.