Stephen Colbert is a man deeply in touch with his femininity, and who wonders what the world would be like if it were run by women. (Don't we all?) But, unfortunately, it's not, and the late-night host is well aware of the deplorable depths of the gender gap. To show his support for feminism, Colbert penned a hilarious essay for Glamour, making a promise that his "Late Show" will differ from all the others when it comes to women.
But don't worry, Colbert isn't going to mainsplain you. He knows about the "manstitutionalized manvantages built into Americman manciety" and that expounding on them any further would only make him a real "manhole." He also knows that late-night television has an egregious absence of female hosts, despite the number of talented female comedians, and that it really wasn't cool that "Mad Max: Fury Road" wasn't called "Furiosa: Fury Road" (Charlize Theron's character), which we couldn't agree more with. He does have a promise, though: to celebrate female voices on his show.
"I'm here for you," Colbert writes to women who identify as women, women who love women, women who love men and women, and women "who [have] recently transitioned." "I'm going to do my best to create a 'Late Show' that not only appeals to women but also celebrates their voices" [inflection his own]. The new "Late Show" host says his show will "truly respect women" since he knows there's more than one way to be one.
That's fantastic, wonderful and exciting, especially coming from someone with such a large presence and impact in not only the TV and comedy world, but also in the realms of news and media.
But we can't help but wonder how Colbert will do this (Hire more female writers? Feature more diverse female guests? Focus on topics about women ignored in late-night?) and if he'll actually stick to it throughout his "Late Show" run. But we're at least glad he's making the effort, and fully embracing his "muffin top."
Read the full essay over at Glamour.com.
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