I've never watched the show.... even would have pronounced "Colbert" wrong until I heard it said. (So, thanks to the Special Olympics "person-in-charge-of-Facebook-updates" for the announcement!)
A day later, Jeremy and I sat down to watch it.
Though there were a few things I wasn't thrilled by (mostly on Colbert's part), I was impressed.
Tim not only talked about People-First Language (which we appreciated)...
but it was the dialogue about the "R" word that got us.
In fact, after we heard it, we rewound it and listened again.
Then we rewound it again.
We looked at each other and smiled.
Have you experienced a time when you hear something and wish it had been you that said it? A time when you feel like holding your picket sign a little higher? A time when you feel like throwing out some "that's-what-I'm-talkin'-'bout" attitude? A time when you think that, if you were standing among friends with the same beliefs, you'd hear a loud "AMEN!" from the back of the crowd?
That's what I felt.
And every other word, I paused it... then rewound a little... then paused it again...
You guessed it.
I wrote it down.
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Colbert: "You say that you cannot use the word... even as a character you cannot use the word."
Shriver: "I didn't say you cannot..." (interrupted by Colbert)
Colbert: "Isn't that 'thought police'? That's 'thought police.'"
Shriver: "I don't want to be a cop; I want to be a teacher. You're allowed to be humiliating, degrading, and hurtful. I'm allowed to petition you to at least recognize what you say and be aware of the option you have to stop."
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Okay, and I've gotta say it....
That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.