tv The Colbert Report Comedy Central August 29, 2014 9:47am-10:19am PDT
♪ (cheers and applause) (eagle caw) (cheers and applause) (audience chanting "stephen") >> stephen: welcome to "the report," everybody. thank you so much for joining us! (cheers and applause) thank you so much, folks! it is good to know that the colbert nation is standing strong no matter what happens all around the world because, folks, for months, the world has been shocked by the brutal terrorist group i.s.i.s.
don't be fooled just because they have the same name your lonely aunt gave her cat. (laughter) these guys are pure evil. tv, scare us till it's brown downtown! >> i.s.i.s. is brutal? they are animals -- beheadings, crucifixions, mass executions or live burials, enlivement of women. they certainly aren't the j.v. team of al quaida. they're the green bay packers. >> stephen: yes, they're the green bay packers, but with beheadings. so slightly less head trauma than the n.f.l. and yes -- (applause) -- yes, the u.s. did hit i.s.i.s. with airstrikes in iraq. but that just drove them back into syria, where, last week they captured a major air base. although, i don't know what good that will do, since i'm guessing they're all on the "no fly" list. (laughter) think, guys!
so who exactly is "is-is? (laughter) according to the "the new york times," the group has "the group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle middle-aged iraqis. and their leader, abu bakr al-baghdadi, has been described as "a balding, middle aged man." (laughter) in other words, they're 40-somethings having a mid-life isis. (laughter) >> stephen: you know how it is! you know how it is, you see your youth slipping away, so you go out and get an exotic new sports tank, and cheat on your wife with your other wives. and you try to diet, but you still can't fit into your high school suicide vest. worst of all, isis has now attracted the most violent, heavily-armed people on earth -- americans. >> new details emerging about american jihadist douglas mccain. he wasn't the only terrorist to
come from robbinsdale coopers high school in minnesota. we now know troy castagar who went overseas to fight an al quaida group with mccain's classmate. could there be a third terrorist athill robbinsdale coopers? this gunmen is wearing a shirt saying cooper hawks, the same as the high school mascot. >> stephen: cooper hawks! they leave it "all" out on the field. especially after a drone strike. their prom theme this year was israel under the sea. (laughter) and while isis is a relatively new terror group, this conflict has its roots in the seventh-century sunni-shiite split, with sunni's following muhammed's father-in-law abu bakr, while shiites follow muhammed's son-in-law ali. so, in other words, this is obama's fault. >> the man is derelict in his duties to get ahead of this problem and rough ticket the
homeland. >> it's a dangerous world. everyone is holding their breath. for the president not to act politically, act like the man of the house and protect your family the united states here before it's too late! >> stephen: yeah, act like a man! step up. take what you want. yes, you wanted to bomb syria last year and we said no, but sometimes no means yes. (cheers and applause) this guy needs a hard dose of reality. right, woman who lives in a world of imagination? >> can i make a request? we get netanyahu, putin in for 48 hours, head of the united states, i don't know, just want somebody to get in here and get it done right:
>> stephen: yes! putin or netanyahu, or better yet, combine them into president netan-put-hu! shirtless, but with nipple yarmulkes. (laughter) (applause) come in handy if you're running a marathon or something. but as long as we're making (bleep) up, as a conservative, my allegiance is with an even greater imaginary leader: ronald reagan. 'he's' the one we should be pretending is stopping this crisis. and newt gingrich agrees yesterday, newt posted a lengthy fake speech he imagines reagan would give if he were still around. and it is exactly what reagan would say if he were still alive, and somehow still president serving a ninth term at the age of 103. quoth reagan, quoth newt: "defeating terrorists and blackmailers is nothing new in american history. jefferson hated war and loved peace. he also understood that there
were times when vicious opponents give peace-loving people no choice but to engage in just war." and if newt knows exactly how jefferson felt, i'm sure he will also write a fictional speech that jefferson would have given in 1984, when reagan decided to get our marines the hell out of lebanon. fake jefferson would be just as disappointed in real reagan as fake reagan is in real obama. i can only imagine what newt will imagine fake obama will one day say about the mideast policy of president blue ivy. (applause) (laughter) nation, i, too, can imagine our way to a better world because, i, like newt gingrich, believe we can defeat isis with the power of make-believe. remember, in 1938, the radio broadcast of war of the worlds
managed to convince thousands of americans that aliens were attacking. we can do the same thing to isis and convince them that reagan is back in charge. (like old timey announcer...) we interrupt this broadcast of the colbert report to bring you a special bulletin from the intercontinental radio news. at ten minutes after 11:00, eastern time, a huge flaming object fell on a farm in the neighborhood of grovers mill, new jersey. observers reported that it was, in fact, ronald reagan. president reagan immediately mounted a nearby stallion and began riding toward the white house. (horse-galloping noise) he then dismounted, walking over some dry leaves. (crunches) in a thunderstorm. (metal sheet) before getting on a train. (train effect)
and then reagan threw open the doors to the white house. (door opening sound) strode to the podium. (shoes) and said -- mwah, see? i'm in charge around here, see? listen up, isis, amscra, why doncha? or i'll give ya the business! tear down that wall! daddy wants some jellybeans! mwah! (laughter) give daddy a kiss, nancy! with isis defeated, reagan stepped down from the podium and walked off into the setting sun, joined by peter and a friendly duck. (clarinet song from peter and the wolf) take that, isis! we'll be right back. (cheers and applause) introducing york minis.
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>> stephen: welcome back, everybody! my guest tonight is a french photographer famous for his portraits of ordinary people. that is groundbreaking -- it's like a selfie of someone else! please welcome j.r.! (cheers and applause) ♪ >> stephen: j.r., thank you for coming on! sit down! now, for those of you who may not know or did not know before i was introduced to you, you are a semi-anonymous french street artists, right? >> right, we'll say that.
>> stephen: you've installed work in paris, the middle east and the largest illegal photography exhibition also the winner of the 2011 ted prize. when you say semianonymous, because you let people see you but you don't want to say your name or let people know who you are? >> i started from graffiti, so most of what i did was not really legal (laughter) >> stephen: so are you a "criminal"? (speaking with french accent) >> depending on which country. >> stephen: how about the united states? >> the united states has been nice to me, for now. >> stephen: you do like to hide your identity? >> let's say when you draw a portrait on the wall in china, you better not put your name on the wall. >> stephen: we will not review your true name and have disguised your voice with that outrageous accent
(laughter) (applause) >> stephen: tell the team some of the art you do. jim, let's see if art here. this is an installation you did in rio de janeiro? >> yes. >> stephen: what's being done here? >> this is in a province in rio, and those are faces and eyes of women from the community, that are the pillars of their community, but when you look in the middle, you only see violence. >> stephen: very dangerous. it is, but about 80% of the population are having a normal life. that's what i wanted to high light. this is brazil. >> stephen: why women? you know, because when i was looking at tv, all i was seeing was men with girls and drugs, and when i went there, i actually saw women carrying their community, carrying their children. >> stephen: these are ordinary people (applause) why not -- these are ordinary
people. why not take pictures of famous peopler celebrities? (laughter) because, a, we know how to get photographs and, b, people love looking at us. even shakespeare wrote about kings and queens. why make your art about women nobody looks at? >> when i went there first, i didn't see you. >> stephen: you didn't invite me (laughter) here's another one you did, this is in the west bank and israel. >> yes. >> stephen: these are photographs of israelis and palestinians doing the exact same job. so these guys might have the same job on either side of the wall. >> exactly. >> stephen: what's your point? (laughter) >> so, basically, imagine i take this fan colbert in palestine and in israel, both are doing the same job --
>> stephen: two of me. one next to each other. i put them in the street. i say, who is who? and most of the time people cannot recognize who is the israeli and who is the palestinian. >> stephen: you tell me what side they're on, i'll tell you who's right (laughter) are you saying that you can judge a book by its cover? >> not exactly. i think i'm saying that the enemy are not necessarily who we think they are. these people have crazy pictures and when you place it right in front of their face, there's not that much difference. so an israeli and palestinians in different places, it's almost impossible to tell. but people like to do that. >> stephen: people like that? people, when i came back here, they told me, you know,
people didn't shoot you? (laughter) i even got sun burned. i went on holiday, came back. i said, the people, they're the one with their face on the wall while i'm here having a drink with you. >> stephen: you want to humanize the people who are being affected by war, in this case, or these are some people -- go to the next one, jim -- these are people inspired by you and approved by you in pakistan who put up the face of a little girl, a giant portrait they made in a field for the drone operators or people who live here -- to show them who live here? because this is the place where drones fly. >> right.
i went and i never had drones flying over my head. all i know is i was the guy flying the drone, if i can't see the faces, i can't imagine the damage i'm doing. they printed it themselves. you have to do it only if it's art and that's what they did and placed it themselves. and it's been printed by hundreds of millions of people around the world and the media. >> stephen: seems what you're saying here is that i have to consider every person as human. (laughter) that i can't just think of people as part of a population or a statistic. so there's nobody i can't accidentally kill in a war and still feel good about that war. >> no. >> stephen: is that what
you're saying? are you saying anybody who dice in a war that's justified -- >> , no the question that's raised is, -- >> stephen: you ask questions that don't give answers. i don't want any questions, i'll tell you the answer. that's artist pundit. >> exactly. >> stephen: we go well together. together. j.r., everybod it can bring out the worst in people. but the m-class scans for danger, corrects for lane drifting, and if necessary, it will even brake all by itself. it is a luxury suv engineered to get you there and back safely. for tomorrow is another fight.