If Internet users and Stephen Colbert fans had their way, a “Restoring Truthiness” rally will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Oct. 10, 2010, or 10/10/10. The potential rally has yet to be decided by executives of Colbert’s show on Comedy Central. Much like President Obama’s campaign in 2008, going viral on the web can be a good thing. More than 36,000 users have befriended a Facebook page titled “100,000 Strong to Restore Truthiness,” and a dedicated website called ColbertRally.com has been created, according to the Christian Science Monitor. If an event does happen, it would surely be a spoof of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, and help Colbert’s ratings, according to Entertainment Weekly.
To Rally or Not To Rally?
Stephen Colbert hasn’t officially decided to hold a rally of his supporters at the Lincoln Memorial. Just because over 35,000 users befriend a Facebook page doesn’t mean that all of those people will show up in Washington D.C. on Oct. 10. A more likely scenario is that Colbert may have a live show outdoors in New York City where his show is recorded. Central Park may be a more fitting place to hold a spoof rally, especially since New York City was the first capital of the United States when George Washington was President.
I like Stephen Colbert. He’s as funny and off-the-wall as Glenn Beck is serious and kooky. At least we know that Colbert is trying to be funny. Beck is hilarious, but it’s because he is serious about ludicrous things.
If Colbert can muster enough support for a rally, then I think he should do it. Setting up a stage in Central Park shouldn’t be too hard, and he is more than capable of having a live show with a huge audience. Mid-October in New York City won’t be too cold, and he won’t have to transport huge numbers of fans to Washington.
Colbert’s political muster may not have as much clout as Sarah Palin, probably because his liberal supporters realize that much of what he talks about is tongue-in-cheek. Palin honestly campaigns for what she believes in. The fact that Colbert is on Comedy Central lends to the fact that any rally he holds will be for fun, even though the message will have some truth to it.
Stephen Colbert’s body of work is like a great novel. The story in and of itself may have names changed, stories embellished, and plot lines over drawn but, in general, a good novel tells a great story and readers are changed for the better afterward. This is what will happen if Colbert holds his rally. No one will take it completely seriously, even if his message will be counter to the ultra-conservative Beck and Palin.
I do like the idea that Colbert is at least mustering support for a gathering of his fans. That’s as far as it will go. If he has a throng that is willing to join him at a huge, wide-open space, then it will be to poke fun at Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Don’t look for Colbert to garner any more votes for Democrats during the mid-term elections in November, although holding a liberal rally closer to the election couldn’t hurt the Dems’ chances.
Entertainment Weekly and the Christian Science Monitor contributed information for this article.