Prof. Chad Day
Rhetorical Analysis: People Who Are Destroying America
Stephen Colbert is an American political satirist writer/television host. On Aug 15 the author made a sarcastic video titled “People Destroying America” about losing traditional moral values in the United States. The Colbert’s Report’s sarcastic parody is not factual for religious people because it goes against their original morals and values. Yet this caricature parody is effective for people with different sexual orientation because gay Mayor Johnny Cummings helps Vicco, KY to become the smallest U.S. town to pass LGBT fairness ordinance, that allows gays to have equal rights.
On June 30 this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors." People with different sexual orientation cannot talk with children about sexual orientation. Colbert makes a parallel between two powerful countries that are located in two different parts of the world. America is the same as Russia, not so perfect, how it wants to be. The writer wants to show that Russia still fights for their family and moral values. In that time America’s small town traditional values are threatened by gay Mayor Johnny Cummings. In sarcastic way Colbert shows that America begins to loose all traditional values. The author causes skepticism because he shows just one side of argument. Gay Mayor is fighting for equal rights of people with different orientation in the small town. The audience cannot see negative moment of their lives, that is why they can reconstruct the argument and make their own opinion. The small town values are under attack. In Vicco the town’s people think that to be a gay is ok, even the pastor does not have nothing against them. Religious people find it immoral because it goes against religion and moral values. Throughout history homosexuality has been considered vulgar, perverse and immoral. Colbert does not...
Cited: People Who Are Destroying America. Dir. Stephen Colbert. Comedy Central, 2013. Video.
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