From Russia With Love: But no gay stuff

Stephen Colbert weighs in on the various Olympic snafus, and then he hones in on Russia’s Olympic demonstration sport: Gay-bashing.

Colbert: “It’s not only the media attacking these Olympic games. They’re also under threat from an extremist terror group: The gays.”

Colbert then announces that he’s going back to the Olympics:

Well nation, I am going back to the Olympics!

Is something I would say if they weren’t in Russia.

Colbert sends Buddy Cole to meet with openly-gay ambassador to the OSCE Dan Baer:


Actually, though Cole camps it up, Amb. Baer does a good job of playing the straight-guy (so to speak), and actually explaining the anti-gay law and the situation in Russia.  The piece was a bit too campy honestly.  I’m not sure it wasn’t too over the top.  See what you think.

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37 Responses to “From Russia With Love: But no gay stuff”

  1. emjayay says:

    The black kid was wielding an imaginary pipe or gun or something.

  2. AndyinChicago says:

    It’s cool. I hate to say the cliche, but haters gonna hate.

  3. Moderator4 says:

    Apologies, AndyinChicago, but apparently you have acquired a stalker or stalkers. This occurs on occasion. Disqus does not show those who down-rate comments, so we have no idea who they may be.

  4. AndyinChicago says:

    I don’t mean to be paranoid, but every comment I make lately, even one such as, “I like the KITH” has gotten at least 2 downvotes. I think I might have pissed off someone who’s following me now. That, or someone really hates people enjoying the KITH.

  5. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    Wait a minute. Is the Colbert Report actually going to send him to Russia??? That would be awesome.

  6. Zorba says:

    Which two joy-killers gave this comment down-votes?
    Jeez. Somebody has a stick up their ass. Or asses, as the case may be.
    You go right ahead and enjoy KITH, Andy. Ignore the humorless.

  7. TM says:

    I imagine someone can look on the court website to see if there’s any such case open. I thought the zip code thing was odd, as well. Regardless, it’s odd that the husband posted such a thing in the first place, and then his most recent tweet is some article about worrying about Weir’s safety.

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  9. BeccaM says:

    It’s pretty good. Not really the usual KITH sketch comedy, but I quite enjoyed it. My favorite character was the town abortionist.

  10. The_Fixer says:

    I remember hearing about it, but never saw it. I’ll have to check it out!

  11. BeccaM says:

    They produced a mini-series not that long ago called “Death Comes to Town” — I think you might like it. :-)

  12. The_Fixer says:

    Loved KITH!

    One of my favorites is “I Pinch Your Head!”. So silly, but it put me on the floor consistently. But they did have so many other funny things on that show.

    Which is not to say they had any one bit on too frequently. Those guys had enough material and the sense to not overuse a bit. That’s part of why I think that KITH was such a good show.

  13. The_Fixer says:

    I have questions about the alleged restraining order. I am not saying it’s fake, but there are a few things that seem off about it.

    I can understand the misspelling of Rockefeller Center, common mistake. A phone number of (000)-000-0000 is weird, as is the zip code of 00000-0000. I would think those things would be there. According to the image shown, Johnny Weir-Voronov has no hair or is bald. Unless he’s shaved his head recently, I don’t think that’s right. All but the last four digits of his SSN are starred out, yet his phone number and home address are blacked-out, as you’d expect. I would think the full SSN would be on what’s supposed to be a legal document, and it would be blacked-out as well. Notice that the court’s name is blank. That’s odd.

    Then there’s the general look of the document. It looks like it was done on a typewriter or for one, yet the perfect letter alignment gives it the feel of being done on a computer. There is some official-looking numbering at the top of the page, which may be actual legitimate numbers. The way the form is laid out is kinda weird, in my opinion. I’d be interested to know what’s on the other 4 pages.

    There’s likely to be someone out there who has experience in New Jersey and who would opine this to be genuine. I just don’t know. It is also interesting that the tweet was pulled.

    I am no fan of Weir-Voronov. My own horse-sense makes me think that he’s capable of this – but no facts. Only time will tell, I guess. Sooner or later this will come out if it happened.

  14. BeccaM says:

    Scott Thompson (aka ‘Buddy Cole’) also made for a rather convincing Jesus in one of the KITH skits that was subsequently banned in reruns on American TV.

    It’s called “The Doctor Seuss Bible.” Enjoy.

  15. Hue-Man says:

    wiki: “In March 2009, Thompson was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkins gastric lymphoma.
    He completed six rounds of chemotherapy and one month of radiation and is now cancer-free”

  16. Hue-Man says:

    This native English speaker assumed that hone in was related to a verb that’s been in English for more than a millennium: to hone (as in a knife). I’ll be sure to use “home in”…

  17. June Buggy says:

    Speaking of gays in Russia, Johnny Weir’s husband posted last night about having a restraining order against JW for domestic violence. He deleted the tweet, but the Internet doesn’t forget. Look at it on Favstar. And here’s a grab someone got of the alleged restraining order.

  18. Matt Rogers says:

    It’s difficult to identify correct expressions in English, because most English-language dictionaries rely on widespread published usage, or some variation thereof. Still, the phrase “hone in” is imprecise and doesn’t make a lot of sense. “Hone” means to sharpen, but “hone in” is a variation of “home in.” I think it’s better to choose a more exact expression, such as “focus on” or “home in on,” depending on your meaning.

    From a purely practical standpoint, you’ll often be perceived as making a mistake or even being uneducated if you use “hone in.” So, correctness aside, I would suggest that “hone in” is not the best choice of expressions.

  19. perljammer says:

    Dude? LOL. If you’re comfortable with your position, that’s your choice. No need to attempt condescension.

  20. zerosumgame0005 says:

    A while back when I first got Amazon Prime I bought the complete set of the show on DVD’s :)

  21. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    Dude, you lost this one the instant you typed that ‘n’. Be graceful about it.

  22. perljammer says:

    I already apologized for being a grammar nazi. Just because a definition exists, does not mean it’s proper usage. Which is why Webster’s added the usage note.

  23. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    If we can find authoritative definitions for both, you are being a nazi.

  24. perljammer says:

    Right. Still incorrect usage; see my second edit above.

  25. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Merriam- Webster online edition does have a definition for “hone in”.

  26. perljammer says:

    I’ll see your Webster’s, and raise you a World English Dictionary:
    Hone is sometimes wrongly used where home is meant: this device makes it easier to home in on (not hone in on ) the target

  27. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Personally, I miss chicken girl.

  28. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:


    Definition of HONE IN

    : to move toward or focus attention on an objective

  29. perljammer says:

    I’ll apologize in advance for being a grammar nazi. Colbert did not hone in on anything, but he did home in. Note the rarity of honing pigeons and honing beacons in comparison to homing pigeons and homing beacons.

  30. Indigo says:

    “A bit too campy . . .”?
    “It’s important not to overthink this,” said Ambassador Baer.

  31. FatRat says:

    Don’t forget his performance as Danny Husk/Blade Rogers.

  32. AndyinChicago says:

    I love Buddy Cole. When I got to college, KITH was syndicated on Comedy Central, and it shaped my humor. It’s my favorite sketch comedy group.

  33. Indigo says:

    Yeah . . . this one’s really nasty. Seem some colored thug kid was playing thug music on his car radio and you know how threatening that is . . . gotta stand your ground, ya know!
    Good grief! Even (some) Florida Republikans are rolling their eyes on that one.

  34. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    His self-justifications are truly frightening. Heaven knows whether he believes them or not but does it matter? He murdered someone.

  35. BeccaM says:

    Buddy Cole is a deliberately swishy, campy, over-the-top character played by Scott Thompson, formerly of The Kids in The Hall, a Canadian (CBC) comedy skit show from the 1980s. Most of his appearances involved him doing comedy monologues from his gay bar, ‘Buddy’s’ (of course).

  36. emjayay says:

    Buddy Cole is by definition over the top.

  37. nicho says:

    OT: another white guy in Florida “stands his ground.” Guns down black teenager who he says has a gun, except there was no gun besides the white guy’s. Not even any Skittles this time.,0,6580882.story#axzz2t3Myacyv

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