Tag:Stephen Colbert
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:29 pm

Colbert Report political ad supports NBA owners

Posted by Ben Golliver

Stephen Colbert, cable television's premier satirist, has brought his pro-corporate schtick to the NBA lockout. 

After recently interviewing billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who defended his fellow owners as "kind" and "caring" people, Colbert has released a mock political advertisement vouching for the NBA owners in their ongoing labor dispute with the NBA players.

The minute-long spot features a visual of an American flag, an unemployed businessman, mice chasing cheese, and a headshot of Cuban, as Colbert reads a voiceover script.

"It's another sad day in America," Colbert says. "As the NBA lockout grinds on, depriving millions of their favorite sport. Meanwhile, the NBA players will stop at nothing to get all the cheese. With unemployment at an all-time high the players are demanding more millions." 

He continues: "But the NBA owners are on your side, they're working hard to save the season so Americans don't have to watch hockey. NBA owners are job creators who send our economy soaring... And heroes like Mark Cuban are the number one employer of our nation's tiny blimp pilots. The players have missed their shot, so call your local sports radio show and yell, 'We want our NBA.'"

Here's the video clip, via IAmAGM.com, courtesy of ColbertNation.com.

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Posted on: October 1, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 5:39 pm

Mark Cuban defends billionaires on Colbert Report

Posted by Ben Gollivermark-cuban

As the NBA lockout enters its fourth month, fan resentment towards millionaire players and billionaire owners unable to get a deal done continues to increase. Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade set off a firestorm this week, for example, when he said that elite players would be worth far more than they are currently paid if there was no salary cap.

Lost in that fray was one voice who was ready, willing and able to stick up for the billionaire owners. That voice belonged to Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.

Cuban joined Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's Colbert Report to defend his fellow billionaires, noting that he is "proud" to call himself a billionaire.

"We're kind, we're caring," Cuban explained. "We're the type of person that you want your daughter or son to marry. We're just down to earth people. Look at me. I'm nice."

One problem with being so rich and so nice, apparently, is that it makes you a target for gold diggers. Cuban, who has a net worth of $2.3 billion according to Forbes.com, admitted that he regularly fends off requests for donations from politicians.

"All the time. I get phone calls, emails, letter, FedEx, UPS, everything ... They see those big stacks of money all the time. I haven't given to a political campaign or politician in years." 

But no amount of political begging or labor negotiating can mar the thrill of winning an NBA title for the first time.

"After 12 years now, we finally won, and it feels great," Cuban said, smiling widely. "They told me year after year, 'you're an idiot,' and here we are, champs."

Here's video of the interview via ColbertNation.com.

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