Stephen Colbert addresses "Accidental Racist" in song
Were you appalled by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist?" So was Stephen Colbert.
After playing a snippet of Brad's song, Colbert addressed the absurdity of suggesting a rebel flag T-shirt only means you're a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan. Colbert "confirmed" that it has absolutely nothing in common with the years of racism previously (and presently) attached to the red X flag. He went on to joke that burning a cross also doesn't mean you're racist... just a Madonna fan. (Burning crosses are featured in her "Like a Prayer" video.)
He also riffed on "NCIS: Los Angeles star and aspiring rapper" LL Cool J's line about Paisley ignoring the gold chains around his neck in exchange for Cool forgetting the "iron chains" of slavery.
"That's a pretty good deal, Paisley," Colbert said. "LL will forget 250 years of enslavement if you accept his taste in accessories."
Eventually, Stephen (the former quasi-Senate candidate) went on to be (slightly) more serious. He announced, "This song has united all Americans... to join our voices and declare, 'This song suuuucks!'"
The declaration earned Stephen a roar of applause.
"This level of unifying suckage has inspired me to write my own awful song," he announced.
Then, with the help of actor Alan Cumming (who just last year married his longtime partner), Colbert unleashed "Oopsie Daisy Homophobe." The song was full of humor and snark and, of course, his own (purposeful) cliches. Just listen and enjoy.
What do you think, ladies? Which is the better song: Paisley's accidentally racist "Accidental Racist" or Colbert's purposely stereotypical "Oopsie Daisy Homophobe?" All we know for sure is that Stephen's is definitely funnier. That might have something to do with the fact that he meant for it to be littered with cliches, though, whereas Brad's all seemed, literally, on accident.
Oopsie daisy. Sounds like we're playing favorites.