Colbert proves youth will be served; angry old white guys hate it
by Kevin Foley
April 18, 2014 01:12 AM | 1990 views | 11 11 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“Youth will be served” reminds us America’s young people are its change agents.

Over my lifetime, they’re the ones who invented rock n’ roll, protested unjust wars, challenged the hypocrisy of political and religious institutions, questioned authority and demanded equality for all.

Their parents looked on, clucking their tongues and longing for the day when kids respected their elders’ self-proclaimed infallibility.

So it was with great amusement I watched media conservatives freak out after CBS announced Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on the “Late Show” in 2015.

Colbert, who has hosted Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” since 2005, is one of the most popular entertainers on television.

Mercilessly skewering Fox News’ insufferably egotistical Bill O’Reilly, Colbert plays a pompous right wing know-it-all hilariously turning his acid wit on conservative fantasies and failings.

“If you’re a longtime viewer of this show,” observed Colbert, “you know Bill O’Reilly and I have a mutual appreciation society — I admire Bill and so does he.”

“CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America!” howled frequent Colbert target Rush Limbaugh in protest. “This hire is a redefinition of what is funny.”

That Limbaugh and his 40-plus conservative ditto heads don’t get Colbert’s shtick is precisely why Generation X-ers and Millennials flock to Comedy Central at 11:30 p.m. and why CBS signed him for the “Late Show.”

That’s the audience big spending advertisers salivate over.

O’Reilly’s show is supported by funeral insurers, denture adhesives, and reverse mortgage lenders. “The Colbert Report” attracts Dos Equis, Audi and American Express.

Bill-O’s viewers are dying a slow death, while Colbert’s are just hitting their stride.

O’Reilly went on an anti-Colbert rampage last week, no doubt jealous he was passed over for the “Late Show” gig, as if anyone in his audience could stay up past nine o’clock to watch this vainglorious humbug.

“Recently Colbert mocked me on the subject of inequality,” whined O’Reilly. “He is the darling of the far left Internet, which rhapsodizes over him.”

“Bill’s right!” responded Colbert. “For some reason the far left Internet loves me. I mean, I’m in all the hash tags (with this, he displayed a graphic that said #CancelColbert) … if I thought for one second something I said hurt (O’Reilly’s) feelings, then I too am hurt and to be honest, a little turned on.”

“Ah, but Mr. Colbert is a deceiver,” droned O’Reilly. “I’m not against equality … I oppose the government trying to impose equality because every human being is different.”

“Bill, you’ve got me wrong,” countered Colbert. “I agree with every word you’re saying, even if those words don’t agree with each other.”

“Colbert does damage because he gives cover to powerful people who are selling Americans a big lie,” pontificated Bill-o.

The big lie, according to O’Reilly, is that America’s economic system is rigged, never mind the overwhelming evidence that it is: “47 percent,” voter suppression, lavish tax breaks for billionaires, millionaires (like O’Reilly) and corporations, deep cuts in public education and social services and the GOP’s refusal to raise the minimum wage.

Colbert isn’t the only one cashing in on the 18-to-34 demographics’ taste for ironically satirizing self-important blowhards like O’Reilly, Limbaugh, et al.

Sid Kibbitz is the sleazy Hollywood agent featured in Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” comic strip. In a recent series, Sid gets a phone call from Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, who wants him to line up a Conservative Celebrity Task Force that can help the GOP attract younger voters.

Sid suggests aging rocker Ted Nugent, elderly action movie star Chuck Norris, and has-been comic Dennis Miller.

Who else is on the conservative celebrity A-list? asks Priebus.

That is the A-list, says Sid, adding, “The cold truth is Hollywood doesn’t much relate to the GOP demo.”

“What demo is that?”

“Angry old white guys.”

Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.

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Ben Twomey
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April 21, 2014
Kevin, when speaking of what all youth has given us, you failed to mention crack cocaine, gangster rap, street muggings, date rape, Columbine and a hundred more evils I could name.
Honest Abe
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April 20, 2014
Kevin this nation would be a much better place if we had more angery old white guys. Especially the ones with backbone.
anonymous
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April 21, 2014
we already saw what that looked like from 2000 until 2008...it wasn't pretty.
Mike H
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April 19, 2014
Mr. Foley's column as usual is interesting,accurate, and fact filled.

Naturally, this is upsetting to those who don't like facts or accuracy.

From his picture, he seems to happily smiling.

He may be an old white guy but the other team has a monopoly on angry

Hate distorts and diminishes vision with age.
Bob Johnson
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April 20, 2014
Kevin this must be you using another of your alias's. No one but you could be that stupid or dumb.
Bob Johnson
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April 18, 2014
Kevin please look in the mirror. You are an "angry old white guy".
Doc Hollidawg
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April 18, 2014
Curious. Whan you "demand equality for all" are you demanding an equal opportunity or an equal outcome?
CobbCoGuy
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April 18, 2014
“Youth will be served” reminds us America’s young people are its change agents. "

Agreed; however, it's well known now that youth support for Obama and Obamacare is fading.

It might, just might, turn out that Obama was the best thing that could have ever happened to the conservative cause. The lies and deception of this administration, the destructive policies, just might, might, damage the progressive movement years to come.

Stay tuned for the next decade or so.
anonymous
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April 20, 2014
Right, and according to FOX Romney won the 2012 election!
Kevin Dreams
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April 18, 2014
Kevin, only in your wildest dreams do you wish you could have even one-percent the size of the daily audience that Limbaugh and O'Reilly have. Yours is just another simple case of jealousy of the huge success of men like Limbaugh and O'Reilly.
anonymous
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April 18, 2014
Spoken like a true "angry old white guy".
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