On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert mocked Bill O’Reilly’s “Watters’ World” segment, “named after one of the successful and critically acclaimed films of all time.”
“In the segment,” Colbert began, O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters “demonstrates how little young people know about current events, and to emphasize that point, he adds helpful film clips.”
He then showed clips from “Watters’ World: Miley Cyrus Edition,” in which Watters showed pictures of famous people to young women attending a Miley Cyrus concert. The first misidentified Vladimir Putin as Albert Einstein, another mistook John Kerry for Al Gore.
Colbert then showed another clip, in which Watters purportedly went to Columbia University and was unable to find students with an opinion on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and also interviewed three girls in bikinis who could not tell him the current unemployment rate.
Aiming to recreate Watters’ results, Colbert decided to send his building manager, Tad, to Columbia. “Of course, I can’t go interview people myself,” he said, “because I have a medical condition where I don’t want to.”
So Tad took to Columbia armed with pictures of Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Elena Kagan “to see how misinformed today’s youth are,” only to find out that Columbia students not only don’t wear bikinis to class, but they’re remarkably well-informed.
After moving off-campus, Tad finally finds some young people unable to identify Joe Biden — at Kidville, a pre-kindergarten facility.
“Those kids are so stupid,” Colbert said. “I can’t believe those young people are the future.”
Watch the entire segment from the May 1, 2014 episode of The Colbert Report below via Hulu.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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