Stephen Colbert joking that the mouth of the president served as “Putin’s c*** holster” has undeniable homophobic and chauvinistic undertones, argues James Michael Nichols of the Huffington Post. He infers that the joke draws upon the misguided judgement that men who perform sexual acts on other men are less masculine and have a weaker character. In his view, this reflects society’s abusive habit of mocking women and gay men for acts that are deemed submissive and unwholesome. The joke perpetuates judgement and open derision of people that perform such acts, which is inherently homophobic and sexist, according to Nichols.
Calling Colbert’s joke explicitly homophobic misses its main point, namely that Trump appears too friendly with Putin, writes Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star. She reports that much of the backlash was fueled by conservatives who simply took offense to him attacking the president, rather than actually being concerned with homophobia. Colbert has proven himself to be an LGBTQ ally, and any spite was directed solely at the president, stresses Menon. Albeit lewd, the joke pointed out that Trump has been overly flattering of Putin and has failed to disprove allegations of Russian interference in his being elected, implies Menon.