On his Thursday show, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert jokingly agreed with the Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson, who believes the Occupy movement is “coming to an end.”
This week, police forces around the country have moved to evict those occupying public spaces. In Oakland, Marine veteran Scott Olsen had his skull fractured by some type of police projectile.
“Olsen’s in the hospital now and we wish him well,” Colbert explained. “But while this footage right here may be shocking, I believe yesterday’s Washington Post gave the full story with this picture of an Oakland policeman petting a kitten. Making the point that while Oakland’s finest may have shattered a veteran’s skull, they are also capably of police cute-tality.”
“Yeah, protesters. You’re wearing out your welcome,” he continued. “You’re like the one dude at 2 a.m. still sitting on America’s couch. The pity party is over. Go home so Wall Street can continue their party: ‘We’re going to snort the ground-up bones of the poor.'”
“Frankly, the whole country is sick of Occupy Wall Street. Particularly that part of the country that has cable news shows,” Colbert noted, pointing to comments by personalities on Fox News and CNBC.
“Look, you had your moment in the sun, protesters — and your moment in the rain and the wind and the cold,” the Comedy Central host added. “But we are bored with you now. You are just a media fad, like Sanjaya or balloon boy.”
Watch this video from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Oct. 27, 2011.
Bonus (unrelated) clip of Colbert performing “The Star Spangled Banner” with Toby Keith: