Colbert on SAHD’s – funny or not so

First, let me say I’m a fan of The Colbert Report. Colbert’s satire is usually bang on (who else could come up with such a clever term as “frienemy” to describe the relationship between China and the West – part friend, part enemy. Brilliant).

But I am not sure how to feel about this piece on Stay at Home Dad’s. As I posted over at RebelDad, I get that the satire of the bit is established by framing it in an over the top way (“these guys are dangerous and ruining America”), but on the whole I found the execution quite condescending and patronizing. In the end I think it made stay at home dads look silly. Can’t imagine many single, 25 year old guys watching that and going “hey, that staying at home with the kids looks good. maybe I’ll give it a shot someday.”

But maybe I am being overly sensitive. I tend to be that way sometimes. Check out it and let me know what you think. The clip is below.

2 responses to “Colbert on SAHD’s – funny or not so

  1. I agree with you.
    I think it could have come across just as funny if he would have spent the day with the guys letting them tell there stories, no need for the choppy edits or kids crying, “mommy!”.
    I’m willing to bet that everyone of those guys at one point had to defend or tell a person that it was their choice to be a stay at home father.
    I get the show, find it funny, but I thought the segment just fueled the fire for all the idiots that constantly question why men would want to raise children.

  2. Not So…
    I totally agree, most other dads like us found it to be funny and got a chuckle out of it, I just bit my lip as apposed to getting into a no win arguement.
    I know its in the name of comedy, but…

    I am NOT a BETA Male.