12:07 pm - 11/15/2012

Stephen Colbert Calls Windsor 'Earth's Rectum'

American comedian Stephen Colbert just can't seem to get off the back of Windsor, Ont., and now he has dragged Winnipeg and the CBC into his attack routine.

On his satirical Comedy Central late-night show The Colbert Report, Colbert took aim at Ontario's City of Roses in his "Who’s Attacking Me Now?" segment, saying he's in the “crosshairs of the Canadian media” — which drew loud boos from the live audience Wednesday night.

'The potential for not only visibility but irony and fun easily turn this into a positive.'
—Vincent Georgie, University of Windsor marketing professor

Colbert was referring to the brouhaha he created stemming from his latest book, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't, in which Colbert asks in a footnote in a chapter on geothermal energy if Windsor, Canada, is “the Earth’s rectum.”

“It is my job to ask these probing questions,” Colbert said on his show. “It could just as easily be Winnipeg.”

He said his description “could be a net positive for Windsor.” He then referenced a CBC online question that asked Wednesday: "Is Stephen Colbert's description of Windsor as 'the Earth's rectum' good or bad for the city?"

At the time of the show's taping, 1,800 people had cast their online votes on CBC.ca. The number doubled almost immediately after Colbert showed a screen grab of the survey.

Take the survey here.
“Apparently the Earth’s rectum is an improvement over Windsor’s previous reputation,” Colbert said. “So you’re welcome Windsor. You just got the Colbert bump.”

The Colbert Nation website also gave this teaser to its video of the "Who's Attacking Me Now" segment featuring the CBC: "The maple-stream media have their mittens in a bunch over something Stephen said in America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't."

'We should take advantage' of Colbert, prof says
Colbert has long claimed that politicians who appear on his show get a surge in popularity and in the polls.

Five years ago, Colbert called Windsor “the worst place on Earth.”

University of Windsor marketing Prof. Vincent Georgie said the high-profile publicity isn’t a bad thing.

“The potential for not only visibility but irony and fun easily turn this into a positive. He has something to say about Windsor? Awesome. Come and tell us in person,” Georgie said. “I would be welcoming Stephen Colbert to Windsor with opened arms. Come check us out. Come for a laugh and stay for the fantastic people and great haunts.

"We should be taking advantage of him. Call him out and get him down here.”

On Wednesday a Facebook page entitled “Let’s get Stephen Colbert to Windsor” popped on Facebook.

By Thursday morning, it had only 15 ‘Likes.’

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tessselate 15th-Nov-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
as someone from detroit (suburbs) i just do not understand windsor at all
like what would be a parallel city to windsor? what is there even to do there? IDGI.
tessselate 15th-Nov-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
i forgot about that and i just turned 19 last week
ediesedgwick 15th-Nov-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
literally nothing except go to the casino and drink
ladysherlock 15th-Nov-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
idk, it's just a small town that was hit hard by the death of manufacturing and it's government took poor steps to redevelop it. I can think of several American towns that run parallel or that are worse off (Flint for one).
romp 15th-Nov-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
So the issue is that it's poor? And presumably unattractive if it used to be industrial. I know nothing about the place but IME "terrible" usually means small and poor so, you know, no opera company.
my_moloko 15th-Nov-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Not just that it's poor but that there is absolutely no culture there. There are more strip clubs per capita than any other city in Canada. There is nothing to do but drink, gamble or go to strip clubs.
tessselate 15th-Nov-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
i was just there last week and it seemed boring but not as poor as flint. flint is the #1 dangerous city in america, windsor is quite nice comparatively, then again i didn't really delve into the city, but i didn't see anything that rivaled detroit in terms of scariness
canuckgirl33 15th-Nov-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
In the early 90s, Windsor had an amazing techno scene, so ravers used to cross the border to party there
tessselate 15th-Nov-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
dude i had no idea! that's funny
tessselate 15th-Nov-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
LOL maybe he heard one of you say aboot
joaniemaloney 17th-Nov-2012 01:02 am (UTC)
cityxpretty 15th-Nov-2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
I'm from metro Detroit and my friend goes there to drink since she's not 21 lol. I've never even been there tbh.
tessselate 15th-Nov-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
i just went for the first time last week to drop my friend off at the train station and i would say its not worth the trip lol
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