It was only five years ago that American comedian and host of "The Colbert Report" called Windsor the worst place on earth, and now, he's referred to the Ontario city as the "earth's rectum" in his recently released book "America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't."
Colbert then referenced the passage on his show last night, saying, "According to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, folks in Canada are ‘ootraged’ about the passage in my chapter on energy. The footnote actually reads Windsor, Canada? Question mark! It’s a question. As a journalist, it is my job to ask these probing questions,” Colbert deadpanned. “Could the earth’s rectum be Windsor? I don’t know, it could just as easily be Winnipeg.”
While Colbert remained unavailable for comment following the remarks, according to Postmedia News Windsor mayor Eddie Francis took the put-down all in stride: "Windsor, Canada that’s generic... he must be talking about the other Windsors. I’ll be sure to call the other mayors to let them know they were mentioned by him. He wasn’t talking about us this time, that’s nice to know.”
University of Windsor marketing Professor Vincent Georgie told CBC News that the high-profile publicity isn’t a bad thing. “The potential for not only visibility but irony and fun easily turn this into a positive. He has something to say about Windsor? Awesome. Come and tell us in person. I would be welcoming Stephen Colbert to Windsor with opened arms. Come check us out. Come for a laugh and stay for the fantastic people and great haunts."
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