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that's hilarious! as a huge SC fan, i hereby pledge my support for this most noble endeavor!

Took the words right out of my mouth!

Told him!
 

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I don't see this working. At all.

His show is satire, plain and simple. If this effort makes its way to being mentioned on its program, it's only going to be flipped and laughed at. Going Vegan has a terribly low comedic value, and the show is pure humor - he never breaks character to make serious note. The only way to get Veganism on there at all is to have someone who wrote a book on it invited to his show - and even then, it's hard to get a word in edgewise.

Stephen Colbert may be influential with a crowd of young people, but only as his character. We could convince him to go vegan as an individual, but I highly doubt that would make it to broadcast on Comedy Central, and I don't think there's a notable number of people who actually idolize his off-camera persona. He's not one of those celebrities.
Jon Stewart might be worth the effort.

*edit: fixed Johnny's name. I obviously haven't watched the Daily Show in too long.
 

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Yeah I'm with Imdead-goaway on this one. Stephen Colbert the guy and Stephen Colbert the character are different, the one may draw from the other, but his on air persona isn't the sort to go veg*an. I'd work on John Stewart, at least getting a veg*an on his show to make their case since he treats his guests with more respect whereas Colbert's character is more brash.
 

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^Yeah, but Colbert uses such insidious sarcasm. Before and during the last pres. elections, so many people really believed he was the right-wing answer to Stewart!
Watching him make fun of the SAD so many people have may well convert more intelligent ones to change.
 

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Colbert doesn't have to adopt the diet to have an influence. If he just makes fun of our petition, he'll do it in a way that raises awareness of the unhealthy diets most people eat instead. He may not switch his own diet, or intentionally advocate anything, but he'll get the smarter members of his audience thinking. Overall, I think this is a good idea.

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Stephen Colbert already interviewed Jonathan Safran Foer for his book Eating Animals. Foer wasn't even advocating veganism or vegetarianism (at least on the show), he just said something about how people should eat "less meat" and focused mostly on the factory farming industry and the myth of free range labels. But even that ended with Colbert bringing out a plate full of bacon and offering Foer a piece. He also said something like "mmm... you can really taste the suffering", and proceeded to use a piece of bacon as a bookmark in Foer's book.

I think it would be great if both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert went vegan. It would be nice if everyone in the world went vegan. But I highly doubt a signed petition would merit anything other than a satirical response about how giving up cheeseburgers and hot dogs would be un-American. If people were really adamant about focusing on the Daily Show or the Colbert Report as a place to get their message across, maybe they should focus more on interviews with vegans and animal rights advocates who, in despite of the banter, could still hold their ground.

But anyway, as someone already noted, the petition isn't even to encourage Colbert to go vegan. It's just to start eating healthier, and both Stewart and Colbert interview people advocating a "healthy" lifestyle all the time. He even interviewed John Durant on his "hunter-gatherer" (Paleo) diet. Even that was meant to encourage people to get away from processed foods and the standard American diet. PCRM seems to be leaning towards something similar to a plant-based diet since they've made a few comments about cutting the cholesterol and grease, as well as showing a meatless burger, but more than anything it just seems to advocate a healthier lifestyle (a topic that is nothing new to the Daily Show or the Colbert Report).
 

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I think the PCRM petition is a good idea. When Colbert talks about veganism he doesn't change the subject. For example, with Foer, he brought out the bacon and ate it, but he kept the subject on suffering - reminding the audience of animal suffering and death.

If he talks about the petition, he'll say stuff like "Americans have a right to gain so much weight that they require custom-made coffins" and "God invented the triple-bipass for America!" Point is, he will joke, but he'll continue to remind the audience that eating lots of animals is bad for their health.
 

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I doubt it's going to happen. I remember him showing a clip on his show where a spokesperson from PETA talked about what really goes into sausages, and his first response after that one was "Mmmmmm, yummy, yummy anus!"
 

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I think the PCRM petition is a good idea. When Colbert talks about veganism he doesn't change the subject. For example, with Foer, he brought out the bacon and ate it, but he kept the subject on suffering - reminding the audience of animal suffering and death.

If he talks about the petition, he'll say stuff like "Americans have a right to gain so much weight that they require custom-made coffins" and "God invented the triple-bipass for America!" Point is, he will joke, but he'll continue to remind the audience that eating lots of animals is bad for their health.
I agree, I think it would be hilarious.

Colbert is the ultimate fake Conservative, he presents people with a bloated parody of themselves. His 'character' on the show can't go vegan, it would ruin everything!
 

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That is funny. If it gets enough support, he's sure to talk about it on his show.

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Colbert doesn't have to adopt the diet to have an influence. If he just makes fun of our petition, he'll do it in a way that raises awareness of the unhealthy diets most people eat instead. He may not switch his own diet, or intentionally advocate anything, but he'll get the smarter members of his audience thinking. Overall, I think this is a good idea.

--Fromper
I was going to add my two cents, only to find that you already expressed the points I wanted to make. I think you're right, if it generates enough attention, he'll talk about it on the show, in the manner you say.
So, yeah, what this guy said.


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It doesn't look like they are asking him to go veg*n. Only to say he eats healthy and push others to do the same.
This is unfortunate. It should be worded as strongly as possible. Maybe not even asking him to. Let's COMMAND him to go vegan. Seriously, this would help it get on the show!


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I agree, I think it would be hilarious.

Colbert is the ultimate fake Conservative, he presents people with a bloated parody of themselves. His 'character' on the show can't go vegan, it would ruin everything!
His character would have to violently oppose the request/command that he go vegan, exactly. Give all the BS reasons, in his characteristically funny way, why he refuses to change. What would be awesome is if he did this, and simultaneously went vegan in real life.
 

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I was going to add my two cents, only to find that you already expressed the points I wanted to make. I think you're right, if it generates enough attention, he'll talk about it on the show, in the manner you say.
So, yeah, what this guy said.


This is unfortunate. It should be worded as strongly as possible. Maybe not even asking him to. Let's COMMAND him to go vegan. Seriously, this would help it get on the show!


His character would have to violently oppose the request/command that he go vegan, exactly. Give all the BS reasons, in his characteristically funny way, why he refuses to change. What would be awesome is if he did this, and simultaneously went vegan in real life.
Yes to all of these!
 
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