Stephen Colbert Uses Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer to Criticize Ferguson Decision
On Monday night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert mercilessly mocked the recent Ferguson decision in a blistering segment, and threw some Star Wars: The Force Awakens in for good measure.
In regards to the outrage and rioting that followed the controversial decision not to indict the officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Colbert joked, "Hey, we just gave you the Jackie Robinson of Stormtroopers. What more do you want?" while displaying a photo of Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega in his Stormtrooper uniform.
"For the record Jawas, if he stops you and frisks you its not racist. Also, you're kind of asking for it with those hoodies."
But the sci-fi humor didn't end there, as he also used Stargate to lambast the decision: "This has been a sobering reminder that St. Louis exists. I thought they were supposed to have left through that Stargate they built ages ago."
Colbert also responded to the criticism surrounding NFL players raising their hands in the "hands up don't shoot" pose before a game in support of Ferguson protesters. "It's tasteless and offensive to see this at an NFL game," said Colbert. "Which reminds me, welcome back Ray Rice. We've missed you."
He then showed a video of a black man who came under suspicion by a white police officer solely because he "had his hands in his pockets." Colbert joked, "There are just some hand gestures that black people shouldn't attempt right now." In addition to the "hands up don't shoot" pose and placing their hands in their pockets, according to Colbert, they should also avoid "jazz hands," "I'm a little teapot," and "here's the church, here's the steeple."
Jon Stewart also commented on the controversy. He didn't mention Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he did come out with this memorable joke about Fox News claiming that Ferguson "wasn't about racism":
"If Fox had been around for Selma, Alabama, the headline probably would have been 'relax, this isn't slavery,'" said Stewart.