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Stephen Colbert writes an op ed for Glamour about gender equality.
Via: Glamour
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Stephen Colbert took a break from making random cable access shows in Michigan with Eminem to write an opinion about gender equality in Glamour magazine.

Ever since he left The Colbert Report to take over for David Letterman's The Late Show, which begins September 9, Colbert has been staying in the headlines through both hilarious stunts like the one above and drawing attention to his personal causes.

His editorial in Glamour combines his irreverent, often silly, humor with real questions about the state of gender equality:

And mine is not the only field that lacks enough women. Where are all the lady blacksmiths? What about the bait-and-tackle shopkeepers, pool maintenance professionals, building superintendents, or CEOs of Fortune 500 companies? Why are all those minions shaped like tiny phalluses? Why did Mad Max get top billing in Fury Road when he was essentially just a grunting tripod for Charlize Theron's rifle? Of course, historically, our thriving U.S. president industry definitely skews male—but that could change in 2016. Carly Fiorina, all eyes are on you.

Even when women do succeed, their stories often aren't told. Did you know that the first computer, ENIAC, was programmed by six female mathematicians? If it weren't for those pioneering women, we might not have computers at all. And then how would people read empowering listicles like "20 Hot Actresses Without Makeup! (#5 Will Make You Question God!)"?



And through out it all, despite falling into some strange tangents, he presents a promise for how The Late Show will function under his hosting.



Point is, I'm here for you, and that means I'm going to do my best to create a Late Show that not only appeals to women but also celebrates their voices. These days TV would have you believe that being a woman means sensually eating yogurt, looking for ways to feel confident on heavy days, and hunting for houses. But I'm going to make a show that truly respects women, because I know that there's more than one way to be one. Maybe you're a woman who likes women. Maybe you like women and men. Maybe you're a woman who's recently transitioned. Maybe you're a guy who's reading this magazine because your girlfriend bought a copy and it looked interesting.



It's just another example of how proactive Colbert is about his influence and how he chooses to use his promotional time.

Jon stewart says goodbye to the Daily Show in a big way.
Via: Vox
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Last night, Jon Stewart hosted his final turn on The Daily Show, marking an end to the 16-year run that turned the nightly satire into a cultural force.

The evening began with a regular report on the GOP debate from earlier in the night, then turned into a revolving door of big names and old friends. They thanked Stewart for his work, gave some advice and made him cry. Much feels.

Vox recapped much of the proceedings:

Fittingly, then, the "star-studded" portion of the evening was right at the top. Beginning with three of the show's current correspondents — Jessica Williams, Hasan Minhaj, and Jordan Klepper — claiming to be on the ground covering the night's Republican debate, the segment grew and grew, until it encompassed essentially every major voice in the show's history, dipping all the way back to figures like Mo Rocca and Vance DeGeneres, from Stewart's very early days, and even working in original Daily Show host Craig Kilborn. It was like the alt-comedy version of This Is Your Life. There was even time for a visit from Stewart's biggest targets.

But the biggest moments were for Oliver and Colbert. The former, now on HBO, gently mocked his old boss for continuing to work within the constraints of basic cable, pretending to have no idea what commercials were. The latter made Stewart tear up, first with an elaborate analogy where Colbert was Sam and Stewart Frodo Baggins, then with a heartfelt speech about how much Stewart had meant to all of them.

All those correspondents had one final story on which to report — a group hug.

Can you feel the fake news love?



Stewart finished the night with an endearing entreaty, imploring everyone to beware the staggering amount of bullsh*t that sits around the world.



There was one more final thing that had to happen: Born to Run, performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.



Stephen Colbert has a new choose your own adventure game.
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As we've mentioned before, Stephen Colbert has a lot of time on his hands.

His takeover of The Late Show from David Letterman doesn't begin until September and he's been whiling away the hours with a lot of pop culture pomp and circumstance.

However, he released something a little different July 20.

Instead of the usual madcap video, his CBS show portal gives you the gift of a text-based choose your own adventure game.

Play it here: here.



Named, "Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet", the adventure takes you into a magical land of Narnia-proportions, where you will try and click your way through the right decisions. Be careful, though, the wrong choice can mean certain death.

And that may mean a certain return to work.

The game also includes a centaur named Randall.



This game follows the absolutely hysterical precedent began by Clickhole in March, which invited brave adventurers to risk their necks on Mysterious Skullshadow Island.

If you'd rather have one of Colbert's more ol' timey videos, harkening back to the ones he was putting together only two weeks ago, he uploaded another this morning just for you.



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As you are no doubt award, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto July 14, giving us as a species the first opportunity to get a clear view of the far off dwarf planet.

Everyone was excited. Except Neil Degrasse Tyson that is.

Since Stephen Colbert has nothing better to do than plan for the apocalypse and launch a cable access career, he invited the popular astronomer and host of the television show Cosmos to come share in the tenacity of human invention.

Tyson, a long time advocate of demoting Pluto down to its lowly current status as a dwarf planet, had a hard time matching Colbert's enthusiasm for seeing the reaches of our solar system.

"No one has seen this before yesterday," Tyson said in the video of the gorgeous photo that's been making the rounds. "So, that's awesome."

He took the same level of malaise to his Twitter account yesterday as well:



Good natured as their discussion was, Tyson goes to some lengths to show how unimpressed he is with the proceedings, even pointing out that the small planet is not even featured on his tie.

Colbert counters by quoting Dante's Inferno and then sharing a Klondike ice cream bar. So, pretty typical.



"It even has a heart," Colbert says to Tyson, referring to what many see as a shape hidden within the terrain of Pluto, "unlike you."



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"The Colbert Report" aired its finale episode Thursday night, and after killing the Grim Reaper to become immortal, Colbert closed the show with a little sing-a-long.

And by little we mean an epic, over-the-top, celebrity-packed number deserving of the departing host.

Here he is performing "We'll Meet Again" with a slew of his pals in entertainment and politics including – among many others – Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Tom Brokaw, New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Cranston, Big Bird, James Franco, Michael Stipe, Barry Manilow, Christiane Amanpour, Andy Cohen, and Patrick Stewart.

And of course we all know when we will actually meet him again, as Colbert will be taking over the "Late Show" for David Letterman in 2015.

"I'm ending The Report and I was gonna say goodbye, but now that I'll live forever, who knows," he said.

At the end he took off in Santa's sleigh with Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek, because… why not?

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Talk about a government takeover!

"The Colbert Report" was broadcasting from Washington D.C. on Monday when President Obama appeared on stage to announce that he was stepping in for Stephen Colbert in his segment "The Word."

Since Colbert had take so many shots at his job over the years, he said, he wanted a shot at his. And because he is the president, he naturally changed it to "The Decree."

"Nation, as you know, I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our president," Obama says to kick off the piece called "To Health in a Handbasket."

While discussing his health care plan, he made fun of himself in the third person, Republicans and even the "fake news" channel "Fox News."

The Colbert Report is in its final stretch with the last episode to air December 18.

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GamerGate has made its way out of the internet trenches of 4chan and 8chan and into mainstream media, most recently with Stephen Colbert dedicating a portion of his show Wednesday night to the topic (including his obsession with Ms. Pac-Man) and interviewing host of "Feminist Frequency" Anita Sarkeesian.

For those out of the loop, here's a brief overview of GamerGate via Know Your Meme:

GamerGate refers to the online backlash against perceived breaches of journalistic integrity on video game news sites that occurred as a result of the Quinnspiracy, an online controversy surrounding indie game developer Zoe Quinn's alleged affairs with a number of men working in the video game industry, including Kotaku staff writer Nathan Grayson.
The movement has also resulted in an online battle over sexism in video games, and threats of violence towards women.

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