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.