Stephen Colbert calls out two groups for not getting vaccinated

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There are several reasons to be optimistic about an end to the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, some troubling signs suggest we may not get there as soon as we could. Stephen Colbert explained last night on The Late Show.

President Joe Biden has promised that all American adults will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. His administration is also celebrating the delivery of 100 million doses before his 100th day in office.

But there are some Americans who are hesitant to receive the vaccine while others are ready to continue life as normal. Some experts say this could hinder any progress towards stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Stephen Colbert’s monologue last night tried to stay optimistic while also expressing concern over these trends. Colbert had a message for two groups in particular as you can see in the video below:

Stephen Colbert calls out Republican men and spring breakers in Florida

A new report indicates that nearly half of Republican men say they won’t get vaccinated. It’s a number that Stephen Colbert can’t quite wrap his head around.

So desperate times call for desperate measures as Colbert tries flattering former President Donald Trump in an appeal to Republican men. It is an insult to Donald Trump not to get vaccinated, argues Colbert. But Late Show fans know that Colbert actually believes Trump’s desire for credit over the vaccine to be “incredibly sad” and “pathetic.”

Then, Colbert cuts to footage of spring breakers living it up in Flordia. It is reminiscent of the start of the pandemic when young people felt either immune to COVID-19 or were unwilling to give up public gatherings.

It gives Colbert another chance to make Florida a monologue punchline. The Late Show host sounds like he’s only partially joking when he says that the state could bring down the entire country. Colbert’s solution is for bars to be only allowing the elderly since they are the ones who have been vaccinated.

Republican men and spring breakers aren’t giving Colbert any confidence that the country can pass the marshmallow test. It’s clear that many Americans prefer instant gratification rather than remaining patient for an even greater reward. If nothing else, the two groups are giving Colbert more material than he already had to ridicule them.

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