Colbert: ‘Let’s fix Palestine’

Israel/Palestine

(Hat tip Karen Platt)

Why are we posting this inspired riff from Stephen Colbert, mocking Brad Paisley’s clumsy/stupid racism in a song called “Accidental Racist”?

Because at the end of the bit, Colbert sings a country-homophobic song and is joined on stage by Alan Cumming, a gay artist, in duet.

And how does it all end? Colbert sings:

Now that gay is fine

Let’s fix Palestine.

To which Cumming responds:

Two state solution, baby.

Don’t know about the solution. But the sketch speaks to the purpose of our site. This issue is the urgent moral question of our time.

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  1. German Lefty
    April 19, 2013, 3:55 pm

    They should have stopped after “Let’s fix Palestine.”

    • just
      April 19, 2013, 8:50 pm

      They could have stopped with “Let’s Stop Apartheid”.

      ( I do appreciate the effort, though– it’s another crack in the wall. Kudos.)

    • kalithea
      April 20, 2013, 12:51 am

      How could they stop there when they’re enablers of the deceptive Zionist-only Obama Administration?

    • Krauss
      April 20, 2013, 11:42 pm

      They should have stopped after “Let’s fix Palestine.”

      Touché.

      But Colbert doesn’t dare to go there.

  2. German Lefty
    April 19, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Growing Voices Among Palestinians Calling for a Single Democratic Secular State
    link to therealnews.com

  3. CloakAndDagger
    April 19, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Much as I love Jon and Steve, my peeve with them both (more Jon than Steve) is that despite being fully aware of the situation in the ME as they frequently demonstrate in skits like these, they continue to toe the zionist line and pull their punches on all matters Israeli, while being brutally direct about everything else under the sun. They have come close, on some occasions, to taking a light jab at Israel and its support in congress, but too subtly for it to have any impact on the general public.

    • Citizen
      April 20, 2013, 9:47 am

      @ CloakAndDagger
      Yep. Same criticism of Phil Maher. But even more so. Is there anyone Maher hates more than Catholics? Hates his daddy?

    • American
      April 20, 2013, 12:22 pm

      ‘They have come close, on some occasions, to taking a light jab at Israel and its support in congress, but too subtly for it to have any impact on the general public.”……Cloak&Dagger

      It is too subtle. And I will say it again…..to stop Isr you have to get the US politicians—-to get the politicians you have rouse a fury in the public—to do that you have talk about the taxpayer Money they shovel to Isr.
      Until they start talking about the humongous I-Firstdom rip-off of Americans the public isn’t going to care.
      So they aren’t serious imo….they’re making a joke out of I/P instead.

    • SQ Debris
      April 20, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Colbert has quietly shown his hand on this issue more than once. Recall that he featured Brian Eno, one of the first artists to engage BDS, as musical guest. Elvis Costello was guest within a week of cancelling a show “over yonder.” And then there was the “tweeding” he gave Michael Oren 3/5/13.

      • Krauss
        April 20, 2013, 11:46 pm

        Colbert has quietly shown his hand on this issue more than once. Recall that he featured Brian Eno, one of the first artists to engage BDS, as musical guest. Elvis Costello was guest within a week of cancelling a show “over yonder.” And then there was the “tweeding” he gave Michael Oren 3/5/13.

        You’re right, but as C&D pointed out, that’s way too subtle for the general mass to know. They just don’t pick those things up. And I’m not even sure the Elvis Costella thing was related to Israel at all.
        The Oren interview was great, I think, because it was more direct than usual. But nevertheless, there’s definitely toeing of the party line that’s extremely excessive.

        But how progressive are those guys anyway? It’s mostly conventional wisdom in the Democratic party, which isn’t the same as being progressive. Remember, Jon Stewart himself famously dissed Occupied Wall St. I think Phil did a post about it and showed a photograph of his massive McMansion, just for perspective.

      • Annie Robbins
        April 21, 2013, 12:01 am

        colbert definitely roasted bush and the press dinner that year.

  4. DICKERSON3870
    April 19, 2013, 7:08 pm

    RE: Brad Paisley’s clumsy/stupid racism in a song called “Accidental Racist”?

    MY CHALLENGE: I see an epochal title bout in my mind’s eye:

    The Accidental Racists vs. The Conscious Pariahs

    A real slugfest! All bets are off!

  5. james3
    April 20, 2013, 12:36 am

    Colbert, Cumming; a critical mass. Next thing ya’ know they’ll acknowledge the humanity of the Tsarnaev brothers.

  6. Blownaway
    April 20, 2013, 12:51 am

    the fastest way to a state solution if its at all the possible is for Abbas to stand before the palestinian people and say to them we have lost. Israel backed by American and europe cannot be defeated. We will hand over all authority to the israeli government and shift our fight to equal rights for all. We dont need the American and European governments. The people of those countries will support us in this fight. Then lets see how fast we move to a two state solution if there is any hope at all . Abbas and company willl never cut their paycheck unfortunately

  7. Citizen
    April 20, 2013, 9:50 am

    Let’s fix Palestine. How about, also, let’s fix the US government constantly blocking the world’s (except Israel) attempt at Middle East being a nuclear bomb-free zone? link to alternet.org

    US mainstream media never covers this stuff.

  8. James Canning
    April 20, 2013, 2:38 pm

    Yes, Israel/Palestine is “the urgent moral issue of our time”.

  9. mcohen
    April 21, 2013, 6:23 pm

    James Canning says:
    April 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    “Yes, Israel/Palestine is “the urgent moral issue of our time”.”

    could not agree with you more-
    there is one other moral issue just as urgent -the……..

    “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,”
    link to telegraph.co.uk

    these 2 issues are what concern ME most -the i/p conflict and the garbage patch

    luckily the garbage posted on this site does not add to the garbage patch
    “lets fix palestine”
    only an american could come up with that comment while drowning in a sea of garbage

    “chomsky surfed the wave,obama surfed the sand,a hail of stones followed by burning smoke”

    Isaiah 27:1 – In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.

  10. mcohen
    April 21, 2013, 11:19 pm

    continuing on from my “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,”issue
    -what can be done right away -someone needs to make a start and send a fishing trawler out there and pickup the garbage thats being dropped off
    instead of red war we should support green peace and make a difference

  11. Kathleen
    April 22, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Fantastic…another crack in the wall

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