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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Takes Washington Post Columnist Richard Cohen to Task

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2013 at 12:14PM

Check out Stephen Colbert taking a bite out of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who most recently infuriated the media and anyone with a brain by clumsily penning that "people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York -- a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)” (Cohen later tried to explain that he was not reflecting his own views.)
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Check out Stephen Colbert taking a bite out of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who most recently infuriated the media and anyone with a brain by clumsily penning that "people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York -- a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)” (Cohen later tried to explain that he was not reflecting his own views.)

Here's the quote in full:

“Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)”

Colbert then goes on to take Cohen to task by suppressing gagging throughout his monologue -- because, you know, that's the conventional reaction. Watch below.

Speaking of Colbert, he also did a lovely job singing and acting alongside Neil Patrick Harris in Stephen Sondheim's "Company," which we finally caught during a recent airing on PBS. We've included video of that, too, below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.