Colbert calls out Raw, claims he’d never join ‘Anonymous’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 8:40 EDT
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When Raw Story called out Stephen Colbert’s Feb. 24 show for running a nearly subliminal image of the “V for Vendetta” face over the host’s chiseled mug, we speculated that he’d perhaps joined the protest group.

“Believe me folks: the only way I’d be a member of something called ‘Anonymous,’ is if my name was ‘Stephen Anonymous,’” he said during Monday night’s broadcast, specifically in response to us.

Later in the segment, he jeered that the protest group could not hack what it could not catch. He used a green screen gag to make his head appear to float off his shoulders, revealing a question mark over his neck akin to the official “Anonymous” logo of a headless man in a black suit.

The segment ultimately leaves us feeling we were right — that Colbert has indeed sided with the group, even if he’s reticent to admit it. He’s certainly helped them win the public relations battle, although their actions would seem to speak for themselves in many cases. Still, this would seem to make Colbert the first “non-anonymous ‘Anonymous.’”

Or, perhaps just “non-anonanon” for short? Feel free to correct us, Mr. Colbert.

–Stephen C. Webster

This video is from Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, broadcast Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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