Moshe Kasher says his new Comedy Central show, “Problematic,” offers up “real conversations about the things and topics that make people outraged online.” So he seemed the perfect person to ask about the internet debate over Stephen Colbert saying Donald Trump’s mouth would make a good “cock holster” for Vladimir Putin.
“They’re saying it’s homophobic right? But I don’t really see that,” Kasher told TheWrap. “I’m not really sure I get the homophobia in that. They’re basically saying Vladimir Putin is using Donald Trump as his like sex slave, right? I’m not seeing the leap into, and therefore, because it’s two dudes, it’s gross or bad.”
We volunteered that some critics of the joke say it implies that Colbert thinks the lowest insult he can offer is that two men are having sex together.
“But he didn’t say that,” said Kasher. “If he had said, ‘And the lowest thing I can say about two men is that they’re having sex together,’ OK. I kinda see that. But isn’t the whole idea that Vladimir Putin is like the puppet master that controls and dominates Donald Trump?”
We tried to steer the conversation toward when, if ever, comedians should apologize for jokes, and mentioned Kasher’s wife, “Another Period” star Natasha Leggero, who once gloriously refused to apologize for a joke about World War II vets and SpaghettiOs.
And that’s when things took a turn, as you can see in the really funny, but really graphic, video above.
Kasher has some solid advice for anyone who finds themselves in an internet maelstrom of people taking offense.
“Jokes are only to be apologized for if you, the guy that told the joke, or the girl who told the joke, feels like you made a mistake by telling the joke,” he said.
He said too many people apologize just to make the outrage stop.
“If you just want it to go away, and you don’t want to apologize, go camping. Take off for two weeks,” Kasher suggested. “When you come home, the situation will have solved itself. Do nothing. Go camping. It’s so simple. People don’t have an attention span long enough to pay attention to your bulls— controversy about SpaghettiOs that is funny and not offensive. Go camping.”
Check back Tuesday for the rest of our interview. “Problematic With Moshe Kasher” airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Comedy Central.
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