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‘It’s Just a Stupid Opinion’: HuffPost Live Interview Gets Heated over #CancelColbert

A Stephen Colbert joke about the Redskins controversy led to a fierce Twitter backlash and #CancelColbert becoming a huge trend, and Suey Park, the activist who started the trend got in a heated debate Friday morning with HuffPost Live’s Josh Zepps over satire and white privilege, with Park scolding him for “patronizing” her.

She said she’s frustrated with how Asian-Americans are made into a “punchline” and wanted to start the trend to make it clear “people will be held accountable the next time they do these sort of things.” Zepps told Park she must have missed the satire then, but Park said she didn’t.

She argued that “satire is supposed to punch up” and Colbert failed at that, but Zepps shot back that the point of the segment was to punch up at the Redskins. Park said, “I really don’t think we’re going to end racism by joking about it.”

But things really took a turn when Park called out Zepps for his line of questioning and saying “as a white man, I don’t expect you to be able to understand what people of color are actually saying.” She said white men feel “entitled to talk over me.” Zepps said he’s not minimizing her or her opinion, “it’s just a stupid opinion.” Park called him “offensive and patronizing” and took to Twitter afterwards to vent.

Zepps fired back on Twitter as well.

Watch the segment below, via HuffPost Live:

[h/t Fishbowl NY]

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