Colbert, Fallon, Bee & Co. React to Orlando Tragedy in Disparate Ways

The late-night TV landscape on Monday was appropriately somber as the likes of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Samantha Bee addressed the horrific shooting in Orlando which left 50 people dead and another 53 injured in the largest mass-shooting in U.S. history.

Colbert, who much like Conan O’Brien fears that lamenting these mass shootings is becoming a national ritual, opened The Late Show with a message of hope for those who stand together and allow love to conquer hate.

“Love does not despair,” he said in the above clip. “Love makes us strong. … Love gives us hope that change is possible.”

Bee, on the other hand, proved more cynical than her late-night brethren at the top of Full Frontal, claiming that “love does not win unless we love each other enough to fix our f—king problems.” The basic cable host slammed former presidential hopeful Marco Rubio for insisting it was simply “Orlando’s turn” to face a massacre of this magnitude and that nothing could be done to prevent it:

Scroll down to see how Fallon, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore addressed the massacre at Pulse nightclub:

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON: “We need to support each other’s differences and worry less about our own opinions. Get back to debate and get away from believing or supporting the idea that if someone doesn’t live the way you want them to live, you just buy a gun and kill them.”

THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE: “Whether or not a Jihadi extremist was at the center of this attack, this was an attack on gay safe spaces. For those members of the LGBT community that feel scared, don’t stop singing, dancing or living. We need to bring the vibrant love and joy of a gay club into the outside world, not bring the outside world of violent hatred inside gay clubs.”

THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH: “At this point [President Obama has] hosted 12 state dinners, but he’s had to give 16 mass-shooting addresses. … America needs to ask itself the question: Do you want to be a country that takes reasonable measures to protect its citizens, or should we tell the president to prepare speech No. 17?”

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS: In response to a self-congratulatory tweet by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Meyers said, “I don’t know who’s been congratulating [him], but you may want to redirect your congratulations to the first responders or those waiting in line to give blood.”

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30 Comments
  1. Ally Oop says:

    I still can’t believe nothing has been done to improve things regarding gun control. I remember watching the Bowling for Columbine doc over 14 years ago and being astounded by the gun violence stats. I just don’t understand why people continue to refuse to consider the idea. I feel bad for Americans. I’m a Canadian and I’m currently on a 12-month paid maternity leave (government program up here), I get free health care and I don’t have the constant worry that someone is going to pull out a gun and shoot me. And full disclosure: we have about 4 guns in our house for hunting purposes but my husband had to go through a course plus plenty of paperwork plus records checks which took weeks to obtain a license to be a firearms owner. If the police have any concerns they can confiscate said guns at any time and remove his permit.

    • Greg Cantin says:

      ” If the police have any concerns they can confiscate said guns at any time and remove his permit.” <—— This is why we have a second amendment. Either you get it or you don't. You Don't!

      • Kat says:

        And the founding fathers designed the constitution to be a living document that could change. Either you understand basic civics enough to get that something being a constitutional amendment doesn’t make it right or make it permanent, or you don’t. You apparently do not. The second amendment meant something very different when it was created than it does now. It is outdated and irrelevant and the refusal of people to even consider the possibility of altering how we handle guns in this country is nothing short of irrational fanaticism.

        • E. D. Boddy says:

          There is an amendment process for changing the constitution, through our elected representatives. But what liberals usually mean by “living document” is that instead of “we the people,” we have (unelected) judges usurp the authority to unilaterally declare that the constitution HAS clanged, all by itself, in such a way to cover EXACTLY what they want. No thanks.

      • Shaun says:

        The right to own guns does not equal the right to use them irresponsibly.The second amendment is a relic of another time,so stop twisting it to your purposes.

        • E. D. Boddy says:

          It’s also the law of the land, even though it wasn’t written in your lifetime.

          • Wooster182 says:

            It used to be illegal to spit in public due to TB. The law is still on the books in some areas. Doesn’t make it a currently relevant law.

          • Lala says:

            No law is absolute…anything can be changed and so should this amendment!

          • Mary says:

            It said the right to bear arms not what type of gun. There is no LOGICAL reason to have a military weapon pure and simple. The NRA can take some responsibility in some of these mass murders. Don’t you find it surreal that when a attack happens the sale of the guns go up. Nobody wants to take away your right but anyone with a sound mind knows that it is not unreasonable to have stricter access to them. Sad really that our nation has seemed to loose all aspect of COMMON SENSE.

    • Angela says:

      It especially disturbs me that something like Sandy Hook, or going further back, Columbine and other school shootings, haven’t been enough to put a stop to this insanity. For all the “BUT THINK OF THE CHILDREN!” hand-wringing our country likes to do so often with anything else out there that poses a real or perceived threat to kids, apparently, having many of them massacred in a school shooting just isn’t quite enough for us to dramatically change our gun laws. Instead, the common response has been for people to shrug and say, “Well, people are gonna kill each other no matter what, Second Amendment rights, what’re ya gonna do?”
      .
      I find that horrifying and shameful. I want the people who say that to say it to the parents of anyone who lost a child in those shootings for once. See what kind of response they’d get.

    • Michelle says:

      First — I’m a lesbian, a member of the ‘community’ that was attacked. I’m also a lesbian who’s sick of ‘our community’ being so liberal and so ‘forgiving’. First, this WAS an ISIS inspired act of jihadist terrorism. Donald Trump is correct. And it appears that second generation American Muslim men in this country are as dangerous as their ‘brothers’ in the Godless, Mideast. Their ideology is clearly spelled out in the Quran.

      Secondly — THIS WAS NOT ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. This slaughter was about religious ideology, Omar Mateen was an American Islamic jihadist who swore his allegiance to ISIS. To compare this slaughter to Columbine, or the theatre massacre, is blaming AMERICA for the violent acts of an ISIS inspired Islamic jihadist. Placing blame on our constitutional right to own firearms is nothing more than blaming the victim.

      Third — Any “faith” that preaches hate, violence, torture, and the slaughter of innocents, is no faith at all. Make no mistake about it, Islamic terrorism is growing on our American soil. An Islamic terrorist needn’t be a “physically” active member of ISIS, or any other hate group, to be a believer – and a danger to Americans. American Muslims remain silent to the horrendous acts of brutality that infect countries across the globe who mix Islam theocracy with political ideology. Regardless of what Imams will state in the coming days, the Quran is a book of violence, control, intimidation, and a directive to incite violence. Period. I might suggest that Americans read the Quran to understand more. I can promise that you will be horrified.

      Fourth — This act of cowardice and human carnage was violence inspired by radical religious ideology, period. Read the Quran and then tell the American people that Islam is a religion of ‘peace’. The violence, hatred, misogyny, pedophilia, hypocrisy, and ignorance that feeds the sick and empty souls of Islamic jihadists is right there….PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS IS NOT ABOUT MASS SHOOTINGS AND GUN CONTROL, and if we continue to treat Islamic jihadist terrorist acts as such, they will continue to spill American blood on American soil. If we don’t place responsibility where it belongs, we can consider ourselves as guilty as the jihadist when the next slaughter occurs.

      In conclusion — When will we Americans open our eyes….what’s the saying? “None are as blind as those who will not see”.

      • LADY_in_MD says:

        So what about the baptist preacher in New Mexico who said that the victims of Orlando deserved it? He is not Muslim or part of ISIS but believes that all homosexuals should be lined up and shot by the firing squad (his words not mine) would you then tell all the baptists in this country to leave and that they are not welcome because of one persons thoughts? There are plenty of other religions out there that hate gay men and women yet why didn’t you say anything about them in your post? The bible also has lots of hate in it against gays and women why didn’t you mention that in your post? Columbine Aurora sandy hook, the church in South Carolina were all carried out by young white men yet no mention of that in your post…

      • Lala says:

        Leave it to Americans to focus and place the entire blame on an ideology millions of miles always whilst not looking in their own backyard at the real problem. Yes ISIS propaganda has led to horrific actions but this tragedy could have been avoided or the magnitude of it could have been lessened.

        • Ally Oop says:

          Exactly. The FBI had concerns about that guy and he still was free to walk around and buy an assault rifle. If you watched Samantha Bee last night, the episode also dealt with mental health. There’s a strong link between violence, mental health and the prison system and there’s so much that can be done to improve things yet the government seems to be stuck in the mud. While I dislike Donald Trump immensely, there are some things I have to agree with him on and that’s that we are too concerned with protecting individual rights and freedoms (in other words, too democratic) and this whole inefficient system needs to be tossed. In my opinion, what’s really crippling the system is the religious right and the liberal left. Yes, we want to live in a democracy but maybe its necessary for some freedoms to be lessened in the name of safety. Compare it to a family with kids. A family is a mesh of a democracy and a dictatorship. While the parents might let their kids excercise free-thinking and decision-making, ultimately the parents can step in and dictate the rules in the name of safety.

          • Stocks says:

            “We are too concerned with protecting individual rights and freedoms.”
            “It’s necessary for some freedoms to be lessened in the name of safety”

            REALLY! Our country was built on individual freedoms. I would not give up one for a little bit of safety.

            “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

        • Angela says:

          I’m getting a kick out of hearing the GOP politicians harping on about Islam’s attitude towards the LGBT community while conveniently seeming to ignore their own role in fostering anti-gay sentiments in this country over the years. The whole ‘I don’t have to serve same-sex couples ’cause religious beliefs” attitude, their attitude on the trans/bathroom issue, their attempts to pass laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry over the years, their complaints that same-sex marriage is a “threat” to “traditional Judeo-Christian values”, etc. etc. They’re not advocating mass murder of gay people, but their attitude they DO have about the LGBT community is still pretty horrific and backwards.
          .
          (And on the note of putting gay people to death, I want people to look up the stories about a bill in Uganda a number of years ago that advocated the killing of gay people…a bill which a few U.S. politicians were connected to supporting. Like Lala said, our country has to answer for our own role in these crimes as well.)

  2. It was refreshing to see someone be angry about this, like Samantha Bee. We SHOULD be angry. It doesn’t have to be this way.

    • Angela says:

      I have yet to see Samantha Bee’s piece-will watch that shortly. But I loved Colbert’s, and Trevor Noah’s, and Larry Wilmore’s. I think the anti-gun control side needs to wise up fast, because people are getting so beyond done with this, to the point where we may actually start legitimately doing something (this is my hope, anyway).
      .
      I loved Seth Myers mentioning who the REAL congrats should go to. Honestly, the fact that Trump had the reaction he did to this shooting tells you all you need to know about how horrible a leader he would be.

  3. Jackie says:

    I’m still so so sad, and I’m still processing it all. But, seriously, Samantha Bee says it all for me.

  4. Luis says:

    Thank you, Sam Bee

  5. Helvetica says:

    John Oliver also did an intro on his show, on Sunday night which was very to the point.

  6. Lucifer says:

    The Amazing Atheist did a better job than all of these crusty bums.

  7. HAP says:

    Until 2008, when the Roberts Court decided District of Columbia v. Heller, the prevailing idea about the second amendment was that it was designed to allow weapons for a well regulated militia. Not for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. Even Reagan appointee Warren Burger was of that view. Well, enough tough lobbying by the NRA resulted in that 2008 case decision.

    You can basically thank the NRA for all these tragic gun massacres which are not seen anywhere in the industrialized world but the US.

  8. Mikifinn says:

    Guns are so much more important to congress than American lives. Terrorists believe they are above others and therein lies the problem. So does the NRA and Congress since profits are more important than American lives.

  9. “Gun don’t kill people, people kill people!”

    Okay, let’s run with that… you stuck in a room with 200 people and a mentally unhinged person who wants to murder everyone. Which one results in the most people escaping from the deranged would-be killer:

    (1) The killer is armed with an AR-15.
    (2) The killer is armed with a 15-round handgun.
    (3) The killer is armed with a one round rifle.
    (4) The killer is armed with a knife.
    (5) The killer is armed with an orange.

    Now if the mantra of ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people’ meant what the NRA seem to think it means, all five of those scenarios would result in an equal number of bodies… Does anyone here think that’s true?

    • dude22 says:

      You forgot to add “The Killer is armed with a bayonette or musket that you had to reload after every shot (you know the kinds of weapons that the founding fathers were aware of when they wrote the 2nd amendment).”

  10. Andy Howe says:

    I do not understand why these people keep talking about “love.” What happened in Orlando is a tragedy and senseless and shameful (as long as like most libs we can blame it on something other than radical Islam). But it was a nightclub. It has nothing to do with love. You don’t find love in a nightclub. You find a party.

  11. shirley says:

    WELL HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE ON YOUR SHOW ANYHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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  13. G.M.Folgueras says:

    We stopped watching Seth Myers because in the las 4 or so months he is on a mission to finish Trump. That is not comic, informing or being unbiased . All the contrary Late Show is not longer
    the Late show I want to wash.