The Colbert Report
His perfectly realized parody of conservative cable news pundits made several deliberately ignorant jokes about transgender acceptance.
"Nothing has me more confused than the transgenders. They're everywhere: from RuPaul's Drag Race, to Glee, to those Transformers movies." He joked, adding, "Hey, Optimus, you were born a robot, it doesn't matter if inside you feel like you're a truck." His conservative slant continued with, "I put in 49 years of working at being a dude. Then, some Joanie-Come-Lately says she's a Johnny and suddenly I have to pay her the same as a man?"
Katie Couric couldn't escape Colbert's fire. Couric came under fire after her awkward interview with transgender model Carmen Carrera, during which Couric asked about Carrera's genitals. This prompted Colbert to say, "Okay, let me get this straight. Now we can't talk about genitals? I wouldn't have a show if I couldn't mention my balls. They are my co-hosts: Kathie Lee and Hoda."
He also lampooned claims that Carrera couldn't be a model due to her transgender status. "She can't be a runway model. Not because she's transgender, because she's 28. Move it along Grandma, move it along!"
It was Piers Morgan who received the harshest treatment from Colbert, however. The British anchor was inundated with criticism and complaints following an interview with transgender author and journalist Janet Mock, during which a title card stated she "Was a boy until age 18" while Piers focused on her past before she transitioned as well as the physical aspects of her transition. Morgan invited Mock back onto his show to understand why he had received such intense criticism and ridicule. Colbert responded with, "Yes, you transgendered people don't understand what it's like to be ridiculed and abused," deftly pointing out Morgan's attempts to appear the victim in the incident.
Colbert summarized by saying, "The transgendered community are never satisfied. Apparently, it's not enough to treat them like women, now we have to treat them like human beings."
Colbert then had Janet Mock on the show to discuss the Piers Morgan controversy. Colbert introduced her as, "Transgender activist, Piers Morgan abuser and author of Redefining Realness, Janet Mock." The full interview is included below.