Stephen Colbert mocked the “paranoid” Fox News panelist who suggested the FIFA World Cup was a way for President Barack Obama to distract the public from the country’s problems on Thursday’s “The Colbert Report.”
Dr. Keith Ablow said earlier Thursday as the US national team faced off against Germany that he could see why Obama would love the World Cup. “This is a way to distract people,” he said. Colbert pointed out that Ablow had already been peddling that conspiracy theory on Fox Business News, however.
The comedian played a clip of Ablow and Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney agreeing it was “a little too convenient” for Americans to embrace the escapism of the soccer tournament at a time when perception of their nation was so negative. So Colbert followed their line of thinking, noting that both presidential elections and the World Cup take place every four years — boom, conspiracy!
What really sealed the deal for Colbert was Ablow’s suggestion that the government was “rolling out the marijuana” to get everybody jazzed about the tournament.
“Marijuana is clearly involved here, because you would have to be baked out of your gourd to be that paranoid,” he quipped.
“The hidden truth of global marijuana mind control that Dr. Ablow has uncovered is a huge relief,” Colbert added. “Because the idea of a vast government conspiracy to drug me into sedation while I watch mindless television is far less disturbing than the alternative — that I like soccer.”
Watch below, courtesy of Comedy Central: