Friday, February 16, 2007

Stephen Colbert: "I am Howard Roark!"

Last Monday night, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show did his usual “hand-off” to Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report. Colbert could be seen reading from an open copy of The Fountainhead.

Colbert:Independence is the only gauge of human virtue and value. What a man is and makes of himself — "

Stewart: “Stephen, what are you doing?”

Colbert: “It’s my fifth annual Stephen Colbert Objectivist Children’s Sleepover, when ten lucky inner-city youths and I spend the night studying the radical individualistic philosophy of Ayn Rand. Jimmy, are you sharing a cookie? What did I tell you about sharing? It rewards the weak.”

Stewart: “Gotta be getting close to bedtime for them now, no?”

Colbert: “Oh, it is, Jon. Goodnight, my little shrugging Atlases. (singing a lullaby) Go to sleep, go to sleep, it’s in your rational self-interest...”

After the lullaby, Stephen Colbert looks into the camera and declares, “I am Howard Roark!”

Jon Stewart cracks up.

[Hat tip to Wendy McElroy.]

10 Comments:

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Roderick T. Long said...

Catch the Colbert/Roark video here.

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s a pity Colbert made fun of Atlas Shrugged. Maybe instead of reading the novel to find out about Ayn Rand’s ideas, he relied on the so-called “Ayn Rand Institute.” According to  ARI Watch  it’s more than a little bonkers.

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That link should have been:  ARI Watch

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh, that ARI Watch website doesn't seem very reliable. Take whatever you read there with a grain of salt -- I read a couple of articles, which were certainly misrepresenting the ARI.

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is he Roark?

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At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

........Can I hit him? Just once? I mean, more than once would be great, but once is enough for now...

 
At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the guy who wants to hit Stephen remember: "No man has the right to initiate violence against another."
Also people can make fun of something that they agree with. I'm sure Stephen is smart enough to see the genius of Rand's philosiphy, the fact that he is making fun of it shows that he hasn't refused his ability to think for himself. All I'm saying is that he's no James Taggart.

 
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