NEW YORK — Late night satirist Stephen Colbert opened his Monday night show with a jab at Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s recent remarks that the NAACP can “kiss his butt” during a bit on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“I applaud Gov. LePage. Before Dr. King came along, could anyone have imagined a white politician openly inviting a black person to kiss him? And without pants! That’s progress,” Colbert said.
LePage was also mocked in a post on Comedy Central’s politics site that asked, “What exactly provoked this sensual and erotic declaration?”
“Oh, the brand-new governor will surely rue the day he chose to speak so frankly! Surely the hue and cry from Maine’s ginormous black population will ruin LePage’s chances for reelection,” the post jabs, referencing Maine’s position as the whitest state in the nation.
“Still, it helps to take into account that LePage, the eldest of 18 children born to a French-speaking family in rural Maine, probably has no idea what a Martin Luther King is,” the post continues.
LePage’s comments came Friday when he was criticized for declining to attend any NAACP-sponsored MLK Day events. He retorted by saying critics could “kiss my butt” and saying that, if anyone has a problem with his actions, they can talk to his son, who is black. LePage made an unscheduled visit to an event honoring King in Waterville, and the comment was a popular discussion topic at other MLK Day events.