Some people have suggested that The Colbert Report is fighting racism…somehow.
Yes, the mechanics seem lost on some.
That by taking on the persona of a conservative a-hole, Colbert is calling attention to how ridiculous they are. Yes. Ok. But calling attention to whom,
The conservative a-holes.
for what purpose?
Mockery, ridicule, mostly just entertainment.
The fans who have responded angrily to #CancelColbert have either been liberals who believe they are in on the joke already
Few are tempted to lump you in with them.
or tweeting lunatics who seem to just get pleasure from hearing and hurling racial slurs.
And let’s pretend that separation requires only perfunctory attention.
Where are these theoretical people who were racist until they watched Colbert,
Indeed, who are these theoretical people who were racist until reading Huck Finn? And all the harm it caused.
or SNL, or Chelsea Lately,
Aaaaand now we’re off the rails. Let’s lump in Al Jolson because why not.
or any other show that uses white racial satire,
I would not have called Key & Peele “black racial satire.” I would have called it “satire,” but YMMV.
and had their racist minds changed? Do we really believe these people exist? Do we really believe there were hella people watching Colbert’s skit about Dan Snyder’s awful foundation who had their minds changed about it as soon as Asian slurs were thrown into the mix?
You seemed to have answered your own question re: “purpose.” Not sure it’s the correct answer, or question.
Do we really think folks who defend that team’s name despite of all the harm it’s caused are sensitive to the stereotyping of Asian people? You’re telling me these folks exist?
It’s a big world with lots of people in it.
And, you know what, even if they did, why is their “education in the form of racist
jokes that are satirical so it’s okay” more important than the people we know for sure exist who are harmed by these jokes?
Taken to its logical conclusion, this is an argument for the abolition of satire itself.
One might be tempted to poke fun at such an extreme view.