Posts Tagged ‘The Colbert Report’

Ingrid Newkirk & In Vitro (Sh)meat on The Colbert Report

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

Last night’s episode of The Colbert Report included a segment on PETA’s $1 million reward for the successful development and marketing of in vitro meat.
 

 
Though The Colbert Report is usually animal-friendly in its coverage, I was more than a little disappointed by this particular segment. Throughout the report, Stephen appears to be mocking the idea of in vitro meat as both disgusting and infeasible, rather than mocking, say, meat-eaters who might think cultured meat is disgusting and infeasible – when, in reality, the “meat” on their plates is cobbled together from the parts of many previously living animals, crowded together in filthy factory farms and pumped full of antibiotics, then slaughtered, sometimes while fully conscious, by the billions, and that such a system is environmentally destructive and unsustainable. Instead, the ick factor is reserved for the “bloody egg yolk,” without any sort of follow-up “gotcha!” moment aimed at the meat-eating culture Stephen introduces the segment with. Or am I missing something? Thoughts?

On the plus side, the Mr. noticed a “chill” come over the crowd when a slaughterhouse worker was shown “shaving” (for lack of a better word) the top layer of skin (fat?) from a raw, hanging animal corpse. Perhaps Stephen managed to convert a new vegetarian?

Videos in this post

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – World of Nahlej – Shmeat
PETA funds a scientist developing meat from tissue culture. (05:04)

Mark Bittman, Peter Singer & Jay Keasling on The Colbert Report

Sunday, March 15th, 2009 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

I’ve been a little lazy in blogging the animal-related segments on The Colbert Report lately – mostly because the guests haven’t much impressed me. But, seeing as Peter Singer appeared on Thursday’s episode, it’s probably time.

First, there was Mark Bittman, a food critic and “vegan” advocate – but only before 6 PM. Yup, you heard me right; Bittman is vegan – for a variety of health, environmental and animal welfare reasons (though methinks non-human animals rank very low on Bittman’s list) – but only up until dinnertime. Then, anything goes.
 

 
That’s like a dude saying that he’s kind and respectful toward women, but only until the nighttime – then he beats and rapes them with glee. (Or rather, he hires a third party to do so, and enjoys the hunt through a vicarious thrill.) Hey, one can only be expected to exert willpower and behave ethically for so long, then something’s gotta give, dontchaknow!

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Paul McCartney & The Chicken Council duke it out on The Colbert Report!

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

OK, well, not really. Paul McCartney appeared on Wednesday’s episode, the same episode wherein Stephen “broke” the “buffalo wing” shortage crisis story. But Stephen didn’t interview the obligatory white dude from the National Chicken Council until the next night, so he and McCartney never met. I doubt McCartney was even privy to the Superbowl/”buffalo wing” story, since his interview was pre-recorded. Still, catchy title, dontchathink?

Plus, vegetarianism did come up during McCartney’s interview. Check it:
 

 
Now for the “buffalo wing” shortage, which spanned two segments. The Richard Lobb interview is by far the more interesting of the two clips, so if you watch only one video, make it the second one below.
 
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Stephen Colbert gives PETA a tip o’ his hat…

Saturday, January 17th, 2009 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

…for making the consumption of “land fish” socially acceptable!
 

 
Mmmmm!

In all seriousness, there has got to be, at the very least, a veg*n sympathizer on The Colbert Report writing staff. Stephen is just too well-versed on animal issues. The Sea Kittens campaign, for example, hasn’t received extensive coverage from the mainstream media (not enough T&A), and yet TCR is aware of the campaign – and even understands it. (Good-natured mocking aside.)

To sweeten the deal, Stephen signed off Thursday’s show with a spin on Bob Barker’s “don’t forget to spay and neuter your pets” signature line:
 

 
Video links: January 15, 2009: Tip/Wag – Monkey on the Lam and January 15, 2009: Spay and Neuter Your Pets.

Tiger Penis, Cow Taxing & Cocaine Honey on The Colbert Report

Saturday, January 10th, 2009 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

On Wednesday’s The Colbert Report (1/7/09), Stephen discusses not one, not two, but three animal-related stories!

First up: Barack Obama’s possible appointment of CNN’s Sanjay Gupta to the post of Surgeon General. Stephen includes a clip from CNN’s Planet in Peril: Battle Lines special in which Gupta attempts to purchase illegal tiger penis:
 

 
In case the video doesn’t embed/play properly (I couldn’t resist tinkering around with Comedy Central’s unwieldy block of code), the segment title (with link) is “Dr. Gupta’s Penis Pyramid”.

Then, in his Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger segment, he mentions

1) The EPA’s (supposed) proposed tax on cows (and pigs), in order to combat climate change and

2) Recent “scientific” “research” in which liquid cocaine was placed on the backs of honey bees in order to assess their reactions.
 

 
Because fucking with bee populations is exactly what we should be doing right about now. Not.

Silken Tofu for Nader!

Saturday, November 8th, 2008 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

Stephen Colbert weighs in on the passage of California’s Proposition 2 on Wednesday’s post-election ThreatDown:

Appropriately, “Food Rights” is Threat #2, about three minutes in.

Videos in this post

The Colbert Report, Wednesday, November 5, 2008
ThreatDown – Black Presidents
American voters must not watch TV, or they would know that every time a black man is president something terrible happens. (04:44)

Ingrid Newkirk on The Colbert Report, 2/28/08 (Eat me!)

Saturday, March 1st, 2008 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

Here’s the video, in case ya missed it:

I thought it went swimmingly, with nary a boo to be heard. I mean, I know Dr. Colbert’s crowd is fairly liberal, but even most libs poo-poo vegetarianism.

Videos in this post

The Colbert Report, Thursday, February 28, 2008
Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, had a revelation about being eaten. (5:56)

“Is that like a gay vegetarian?”

Saturday, February 16th, 2008 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

I cannot watch this clip too many times. LOLZ all around.

Videos in this post

The Colbert Report, Thursday, February 14, 2008
Clemens Hearing
Just like Brian McNamee, Stephen also keeps medical waste as mementos. (3:24)

Is that a pot of gold in your pocket, or do you just have the biggest balls evah?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

As promised…a week late, but no less sweet. Dennis Kucinich! Emptying his pockets! On The Colbert Report!

After the jump, Stephen announces his candidacy. Colbert/Kucinich ’08, anyone?

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Dennis Kucinich! On The Colbert Report! Tonight!

Monday, October 15th, 2007 by

Crossposted from V for Vegan.

Emptying his pockets, even!

Don’t miss it! *

* I’m sure I’ll post the vid tomorrow, so I guess you can miss it, after all. But seriously – don’t miss it.

Videos in this post

The Colbert Report, Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Dead to Me – Pocketmaster
Dennis Kucinich accepts Stephen’s challenge to empty his pockets on The Colbert Report. (3:04)