Colbert provides alternative content for sites in SOPA blackout

By David Ferguson
Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:50 EDT
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Screengrab of Colbert discussing SOPA/PIPA
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Wednesday night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert turned his attention to the Internet blackouts protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act, which would grant the government sweeping new powers to shut down websites for violation of copyright laws.

Websites like Reddit, BoingBoing, Wikipedia, and even The Raw Story shut down on Wednesday in protest of the bills — a situation that Colbert hoped to remedy with some content online suggestions of his own. For people who missed Reddit yesterday, he provided a picture of a cat playing X-Box against a Yoda-eared Richard Dawkins.

“Up vote!” he said, “Karma points, please!”

For BoingBoing fans, there was a Domino’s “Cheesy-bread” commercial set to the Imperial march from “Star Wars.” For iPad users: a no-doubt familiar message about a certain missing plug-in.

Watch the video, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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