Stephen Colbert Revels In Coronavirus Vaccine Information, Defends Removing Of Controversial Dr. Seuss Books – .
Stephen Colbert kicked off The Late Show Tuesday night with a dose of optimism.
“Normal life is waiting for us out there somewhere,” said the late-night host during his opening monologue.
The source of Colbert’s excitement? More promising news on Covid-19 vaccines. During his segment, Colbert stated that Merck would be working with competitor Johnson & Johnson to increase the availability of one-shot vaccinations in the country. This means that all adults in the US can get their vaccinations by the end of May, as envisaged by President Joe Biden.
“I could kiss this man … by the end of May,” Colbert quipped.
In addition to the vaccine news, Colbert rounded up some of the week’s current headlines – including the headlines surrounding Dr. Seuss books. After the Virginia School System removed the noted author and illustrator’s works from its Read Across America program because they contained “strong racist undertones,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises has six titles on – and thinking I saw them on Mulberry Street when I Ran the Zoo, McElligots Pool, On Beyond Zebra !, Scrambled Eggs Awesome !, and The Cat’s Quizzer – are no longer being published.
While some readers understand the Virginia School System and the actions of Dr. Seuss Enterprises see the famous author’s “repeal”, Colbert praised the move to phase out the problematic work.
“It’s a responsible move on their part,” he said. “They’re realizing the effects these images have on readers, especially children, and they’re trying to fix them because Dr. Seuss books should be fun for everyone.”
Colbert ended his opening monologue with a list of books by black authors for readers to read – from Matthew A. Kirsch’s Hair Love to Misty Copeland’s Firebird.
See Colbert’s full opening monologue above.