Stephen Colbert on the Royal Family: ‘This medieval selective breeding program could be racist’ | Late Night TV Roundup
On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert began by discussing Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: “Things got real, really fast.”
The highly-watched interview featured many shocking moments, including the revelation that Markle approached the royal family’s human resources department for help. “You would think someone from human resources would have stepped in to tell Henry VIII that cutting off his wife’s head could be considered a hostile work environment,” he said.
One of the darkest moments in the interview was Markle revealing that an unnamed member of the royal family expressed concern about how dark their son’s skin was. “I’m going to take a chance here and say there’s a possibility, just a possibility beware, that this medieval selective breeding program is…racist,” Colbert mused.
He continued: “It’s never good when the British ruling class thinks someone’s skin is too dark. They steal their land and make them play cricket.
Oprah spoke about the awkwardness of the situation. “Awkward, it’s four people in the back seat of a car,” Colbert replied.
This week in the United States, updated guidelines were also released allowing vaccinated seniors to spend time with their unvaccinated young relatives. “Yeah, so they can dominate us,” he joked.
Russia is also said to have spread misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines approved in the United States. “The last time Russia spread misinformation, we ended up with an infection that took four years to clear,” he joked.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host called Harry and Meghan’s interview “the most shocking gender reveal party ever”.
He also mentioned the HR tidbit, joking that at Buckingham Palace they are “just as useless as HR anywhere else”.
He too was shocked by Meghan’s remarks about his son’s skin color. “To imagine [that] after centuries of inbreeding, all of a sudden these people are concerned about the color of a baby’s skin,” he said.
“They should hope the baby looks more like Meghan than Harry.”
The couple also claimed that one of the main reasons for moving to the United States was to avoid this type of racism in the UK. “You know things are bad at Buckingham Palace if they came to America to escape racism.”
On Late Night, Seth Meyers compared recent Democrat behavior to that of Republicans, starting with right-wing outrage over Dr. Seuss’s books being taken out of rotation due to racist depictions. Republican Kevin McCarthy protested while reading Green Eggs and Ham on camera. “There’s nothing scarier than watching an adult in a costume read Dr. Seuss in an empty room with no kids,” he said.
Meyers also reminded viewers that it was the editor who chose to do this. “Nobody canceled anything!” he said.
He continued: “One is trying to introduce a massively popular relief bill and the other is having a story hour for ghost kids.”
At the same time, Republicans have tried to pass new laws that would make it harder for some, including communities of color, to vote. One of their strangest new rules is that it would be forbidden to give food and water to those waiting in line to vote. “They’re canceling the snacks!” Meyers said.
He called the party “deranged, extreme and anti-democracy” and said the $1.9 billion bill pushed by Democrats would cut poverty by a third.
Republicans tried to arrest him, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who lied to his colleagues saying he would send relief checks to undocumented immigrants. Meyers said he was “so bad at it that he can’t even be subtle in his fearmongering” and, like much of his party, he is “out of touch with reality”.
He ended by expressing dismay that Republicans are “sticking to a racist authoritarian felon” as they attempt to evoke Trump’s memory.