Tuesday, June 3, 2014

THE COLBERT REPORT Shows Goatee Solidarity with Tony Stark

And it's not even Movember yet.

During last night's episode of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert returned from his Memorial Day break sporting a brand new goatee.  The reason?  Solidarity with Marvel Comics character Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man.

With French economist Thomas Piketty appearing on the program to promote his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Colbert showed his opposition to Piketty's belief that there needs to be "a progressive global tax on capital" with "a punitive 80% tax rate on incomes above $500,000."

And that's where Colbert's new goatee comes in.  "I grew this in solidarity with my personal friend, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark," said Colbert.  "You see, if Piketty had his way, and Tony was coughing up 80% in taxes, suddenly he's not a billionaire anymore and can't afford to be Iron Man.  Then who's saving New York from the Chitauri invasion?  Hawkeye?!  Yeah, after he gets there on the bus."

"Billionaires protect us," he continued, growing emotional, "and tonight, I protect them.  I got your back, Tony."

Hawkeye could not be reached for comment on the bus.

If you'd like to check out the full video, you can view it below thanks to Colbert Nation...

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