Chris Kluwe Kicks It On 'The Colbert Report'
By: The Football Girl | Posted: January 09, 2013
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe appeared on “The Colbert Report” last night. It was a lively segment that did not disappoint.
Kluwe was able to appear this week because as Colbert so aptly stated, “You, no offense, got your lutefisk handed to you.”
Other football bits included Colbert referring to Vikings/Green Bay Wild Card game as the “The Cholesterol Bowl” and a brief delving into the punter position.
As Kluwe described it, “I’m a professional surrender. Give the ball to the other team, but do it in a good way so we’re not hurt too badly.”
But the real reason Kluwe was invited on the show was, of course, for his social activism and scathing, yet right-on Deadspin op-ed regarding gay marriage. Other than Colbert putting on his mock elephant hat and questioning why Kluwe would have an issue with Maryland politician Emmett C. Burns writing a letter to Ravens ownership requesting they to silence LB Brendan Ayanbadejo’s pro-gay marriage stance (first amendment for the win!), it was a lighthearted interview.
Kluwe, who invoked the freedom of dress amendment and wore a t-shirt and flip-flops, handled Colbert, the Nation’s most unpredictable interviewer, perfectly. He was funny, noting a football as a ”long, pointy, elongated thing,” yet a great “everyman” spokesman for the issue at hand.
A win for gay marriage, NFL, and particularly for Kluwe, who according to Colbert was especially lucky because, “Green Bay is practicing in the cold but you don’t have to work tomorrow and you’re hanging out with a celebrity.”
The Kluwe interview begins at the 14:40 mark.