When it comes to the issue of gender equality, Stephen Colbert has begun to make waves.
Earlier this month, the future host of The Late Show took to Glamour Magazine to write a delightful op-ed on his stance as a feminist. And it is everything you would hope it to be. He colorfully talks of how the world of late night television is largely a “sausagefest”, how men are outnumbered by women, and how if women were in charge, a lot more would be accomplished.
“To be honest, sometimes I wonder whether the world would be a better place if women were in charge. It would be pretty easy to make that happen. Simply tell the men of the world that you’re trying to start a campfire. While we’re all arguing with one another about proper kindling placement and whether using lighter fluid is cheating, women can just quietly start getting stuff done.”
He, of course, jokingly fills the essay with delightful anecdotes, such as comparing himself to somewhere between Channing Tatum and Winnie the Pooh, and references Jimmy Fallon’s boyish charm. But in all his good humor he never loses sight of the real issues that he has genuine interest in. And he makes these issues so simplistic and accessible. He even references women’s wages, saying it should be equivalent with their skill set. He also addresses how late night television needs a voice for women, and a more clear perspective for them to relate to.
“Female viewers need more than a pretty face. They need someone who will represent their voice.”
Ultimately Colbert is saying he wants a Late Show that will appeal to woman and men alike, but he wants to celebrate gender equality. I think he will pioneer a new age for comedy and late night TV.
“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.”
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert starts September 8 on CBS.