November 18, 2013 - Steve McQueen

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The Colbert Nation helps the Philippines, conservatives gloat over Obamacare, Chip Wilson defends his yoga pants, and Steve McQueen talks "12 Years a Slave."

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>> Stephen: TONIGHT, THEPRESIDENT DOES DAMAGE CONTROL ON

OBAMACARE.

IF YOU LIKE YOUR BURST APPENDIX,YOU CAN KEEP IT.

(LAUGHTER)THEN SCANDAL SURROUNDS A POPULAR

CLOTHING LINE.

APPARENTLY SPANX IS NOT ANINVITATION.

AND MY GUEST, STEVE McQUEEN ISDIRECTOR OF THE FILM "12 YEARS A

SLAVE."

IT'S THE HARROWING STORY OF ANON-SUPERHERO MOVIE BEING MADE

IN HOLLYWOOD.

(LAUGHTER)BUTTERBALL WARNS THERE MAY BE A

TURKEY SHORTAGE.

APPARENTLY THEY WERE CAUGHT OFFGUARD BY THIS WHOLE THANKSGIVING

THING.

(LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN").

>> Stephen: NOT BAD, NOT BAD!

WELCOME TO THE "REPORT,"EVERYBODY, GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH

US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN.

FOLKS, TONIGHT -- FOLKS, THANKYOU.

I -- I THANK YOU.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONORING OFME TONIGHT BUT, FOLKS, I'VE GOT

TO TELL YOU -- PLEASE, SIT DOWN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AS MUCH --

FOLKS, AS MUCH AS I LOVE YOUPRAISING ME, TONIGHT I HAVE TO

START WITH A PRAISE FOR YOU, THECOLBERT NATION.

BECAUSE LAST WEEK, FOLKS, ICALLED OUT CHINA FOR DONATING A

MEASLY $100,000 IN CASH TOTYPHOON VICTIMS IN THE

PHILIPPINES.

EVIDENTLY CHINA CAN'T RELATE TOSTORM DAMAGE BECAUSE THEIR AIR

IS TOO THICK TO ACTUALLY MOVE.

(LAUGHTER)FOLKS, I WAS SO UPSET THAT I

CALLED ON YOU, THE NATION, TOOUTDO CHINA BY TEXTING "COLBERT"

TO 50555 TO DONATE $10 TO CONVOYOF HOPE, PHILIPPINES RELIEF

EFFORT.

AND THOUSANDS OF TEXTS POUREDIN-- AS DID ONE OR TWO SEX -TS.

(LAUGHTER)INAPPROPRIATE BUT APPRECIATED.

AND SINCE THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT,YOU HAVE RAISED-- BRACE

YOURSELVES-- A QUARTER OF AMILLION DOLLARS!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THAT IS -- HOLD ON.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THAT'S MORE THAN $100,000.

(LAUGHTER)FOLKS, YOU DID IT.

EAT IT, CHINA.

EAT IT WITH CHOPSTICKS!

(LAUGHTER)FOLKS, I SAY CHINA IS OUT AND

THE COLBERT NATION NOW GETS YOURSLOT AS WORLD SUPERPOWER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)SO TONIGHT I AM NOT ONLY LEADER

OF THE COLBERT NATION BUT ALSOTHE CHAIRMAN.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)AND, FOLKS, THESE ARE MY

DEMANDS.

ONE: I WANT A SEAT AT THE U.N.

SECURITY COUNCIL.

IN FACT, MAKE IT A RECLINE WEARE CUB HOLDERS SO I CAN WATCH

MY STORIES WHILE SOME JAGOFFFROM URUGUAY KEEPS YAKKING.

NEXT, I DEMAND CHINA'SMOST-FAVORED NATION'S TRADING

STATUS.

THAT WILL HELP THE BOTTOM LINEONCE I FORCE MY AUDIENCE TO MAKE

IPADS.

(LAUGHTER)LASTLY, I DEMAND THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY RESPECTMY RIGHT TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING

THE COLBERT NATION'S NUCLEARPROGRAM.

(LAUGHTER)IT IS FOR ENERGY!

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE PLEDGED TOWIPE VERMONT OFF THE MAP.

WE WILL DRIVE YOU INTO

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)NATION, LIKE ALL OF YOU, I HAVE

ENJOYED WATCHING OBAMA'SSIGNATURE PIECE OF LEGISLATION

UNRAVEL LIKE A LOOSE BURRITO INA BACKPACK.

(LAUGHTER)I DO NOT THINK THERE HAS BEEN A

TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHEN APRESIDENT GOT THIS UNPOPULAR

THIS FAST-- OTHER THAN THAT ONETIME.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PREDICAMENTHAS PROMPTED COMPARISONS WITH

WHERE PRESIDENT BUSH WAS AT THISPOINT IN HIS PRESIDENCY AND THE

AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA.

>> IS THIS OBAMA'S POLITICALKATRINA?

>> Stephen: YES, IT'S EXACTLYLIKE KATRINA BUT, OF COURSE,

THERE'S ONE THING YOU CAN'T SAYTO PRESIDENT OBAMA!

>> BROWNIE, YOU'RE DOING A HECKOF A JOB.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

(LAUGHTER)OH, OH, OH, THAT IS JUST WRONG.

BECAUSE HE'S NOT DOING A HECK OFA JOB.

THE POINT IS, OBAMA COULDN'TMAKE HEALTH CARE WORK, SO HIS

LEGACY IS NOW SET-- BAD AT USINGTECHNOLOGY TO EXTEND LIFE, GOOD

AT USING TECHNOLOGY TO END IT.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)AND THIS FAILURE GOES BEYOND THE

WEB SITE, FOLKS.

REMEMBER, THE PRESIDENTREPEATEDLY SAID "IF YOU LIKE

YOUR PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT."

BUT NOW MILLIONS OF PLANS AREBEING CANCELED.

SO LAST WEEK, THE PRESIDENT HELDA PRESS CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS

THE PROBLEM.

JIM?

>> OH, THE HUMANITY!

>> Stephen: NO, NO, NO!

JIM, NO, WRONG DISASTER.

(LAUGHTER)YOU KNOW WHAT?

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I THINK CNN'S THE DON LEMON PUTOBAMA'S PUBLIC IMPLOSION INTO

THE PROPER PERSPECTIVE.

>> YOU WON'T FIND TWOPOLITICIANS WHO'VE HAD WORSE

WEEKS THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA ANDTORONTO MAYOR ROB FORD.

THEY'VE HAD A PRETTY BAD WEEK.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYING SORRY

OVER AND OVER FOR HIS SO-CALLEDSIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENT,

OBAMACARE, ROB FORD ADMITTING TOBE A CRACK SMOKER.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Stephen: YES, OBAMA IS INTHE SAME TIGHT SPOT AS TORONTO'S

CRACK-SMOKING MAYOR.

I MEAN, THE PARALLELS AREEVERYWHERE, FOLKS.

BOTH HAD PRESS CONFERENCES-- ANDTHAT'S IT.

(LAUGHTER)BUT, FOLKS, COMPARING THE FIRST

BLACK PRESIDENT TO THE FIRSTBLACKOUT MAYOR ISN'T UNFAIR.

IT'S NOT UNFAIR AT ALL BECAUSELEMON MADE SURE TO ASK SEVERAL

TIMES WHETHER IT WAS UNFAIR ORNOT.

>> IS IT FAIR, THOUGH, TOCOMPARE THE TWO CRISES?

>> NO, IT'S NOT FAIR TO COMPARETHEM AT ALL.

THEY'RE TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

>> I'LL ASK YOU THE SAMEQUESTION.

IS IT FAIR TO COMPARE THE TWOCRISES?

BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT DAMAGECONTROL NOT WHETHER THE TWO

CRISES ARE EQUIVALENT.

>> EXACTLY AND I THINK IT'S FAIRTO MAKE A COMPARISON FOR THE

SIMPLE FACT THAT BOTH OF THEMARE IN TROUBLE.

>> Stephen: YEAH, THEY'RE BOTHIN TROUBLE.

THEREFORE, IT'S AN ENTIRELY FAIRCOMPARISON.

THE SAME WAY THAT SINCE THEY'REBOTH ON VIDEO, IT'S FAIR TO

COMPARE DON LEMON'S REPORTING TOTHIS DOG MILKING A GOAT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)WELL, I'VE GOT TO SAY, CHUCK

AND THIS FAILURE TO LAUNCH ISTHE END OF MORE THAN JUST

OBAMACARE, FOLKS.

JIM, BRING DOWN THE KRAUTHAMMER.

>> WE HAVE NOT JUST OBAMACAREUNRAVELING, NOT JUST THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION UNRAVELING, NOTJUST THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY OF

THE SENATE, BUT WE COULD BELOOKING AT THE COLLAPSE OF

AMERICAN LIBERALISM.

>> Stephen: YOU NAILED ITCOUNT CHUCKULA.

(LAUGHTER)OBAMACARE'S FAILURE MEANS

LIBERALISM IS DEAD!

I CAN SEE IT JUST AS CLEARLY ASIF I'M ABOUT TO DO IT AT ANOTHER

CAMERA.

(LAUGHTER)JUST GOT BACK FROM THE SOCIAL

JUSTICE RALLY WHICH I ATTENDEDBECAUSE I BELIEVE IN ALL

CITIZENS' SHARED RESPONSIBILITYAND HUMAN RIGHTS REGARDLESS OF

RACE, CLASS, CREED ORORIENTATION.

WAIT, WHAT'S THIS?

I CAN'T LOG ON TO OBAMACARE?

BURN THE GAYS!

BURN THEM!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)OF COURSE, I WAS JUST DOING THAT

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)OF COURSE, I WAS JUST DOING THAT

IN CHARACTER.

YES, NATION, THINGS ARE GOINGPRETTY WELL FOR CONSERVATIVES

AND WE'VE HANDLED THIS SUDDENGOOD FORTUNE WITH OUR TRADEMARK

GRACE AND HUMILITY.

>> ALL OF A SUDDEN WHENOBAMACARE STOPS BEING THIS

ABSTRACTION, YOU KNOW, AND ITTURNS OUT TO BE A DISASTER AND I

THINK THAT CONSERVATIVES ANDREPUBLICANS GET TO GLOAT A

LITTLE AND SAY "WE TOLD YOU SO."

>> FOR ME I'LL SIT BACK AND TRYTO REFRAIN FROM SAYING "WE TOLD

YOU SO."

>> HATE TO SAY WE TOLD YOU SO.

>> WELL, WE TOLD YOU SO.

>> WE HATE TO SAY WE TOLD YOU SOBUT QUITE HONESTLY WE ALL LOOK

LIKE GENIUSES NOW.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: SHE'S RIGHT!

THE OBAMACARE ROLLOUT IS SO BADTHAT BY COMPARISON MICHELE

BACHMANN IS A GENIUS!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)AND IF A SELF-CERTIFIED GENIUS

LIKE BACHMANN WAS RIGHT ABOUTOBAMACARE SHE MUST HAVE BEEN

RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING!

>> THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS ABILLION DOLLAR A YEAR ENTITY.

THEY WANT TO BECOME THE LENSCRAFTER OF BIG ABORTION.

>> Stephen: BRILLIANT!

>> THE VERY FOUNDERS THAT WROTETHOSE DOCUMENTS WORKED

TIRELESSLY UNTIL SLAVERY WAS NOMORE IN THE UNITED STATES.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Stephen: WHAT ELSE YOU GOT,EINSTEIN?

>> THERE ISN'T EVEN ONE STUDYTHAT CAN BE PRODUCED THAT SHOWS

THAT CARBON DIOXIDE IS A HARMFULGAS.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: GENIUS!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THAT'S A CHEAP HIGH.

(LAUGHTER)BOTTOM LINE, WE WERE RIGHT ABOUT

OBAMACARE, THEREFORE WE WERERIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING.

HE WAS BORN IN KENYA.

HE'S A SECRET MUSLIM.

AND WE SHOULD HAVE ELECTED --WHAT?

NO!

JIM, NO!

THAT'S BETTER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

NATION, IF YOU'VE WATCHED THISSHOW BEFORE-- AND I CERTAINLY

HOPE YOU HAVE-- DID YOU KNOWTHAT I ALWAYS SAY THAT ANY OLD

DOG CAN HUMP YOUR LEG, BUT ANALPHA DOG MAKES YOUR OTHER LEG

WATCH.

THIS IS MY ALPHA DOG OF THEWEEK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)FOLKS, THIS WEEK'S ALPHA DOG IS

CHIP WILSON C.E.O. OF THEUPSCALE YOGA CLOTHING STORE

LULULEMON.

NOW, WHILE OTHERS ARE BLIND TOWOMEN'S ISSUES, THIS SEEING EYE

ALPHA DOG IS WOMEN'S BESTFRIEND.

BACK IN 2009, HE OFFERED AUNIQUE TAKE ON WOMEN'S HISTORY

WRITING: "IN THE EARLY 1970sTHE PILL CAME INTO BEING.

WOMEN'S LIVES CHANGEDIMMEDIATELY.

FEMALES NO LONGER HAD TO MAKERELATIONSHIPS WORK.

MEN'S LIVES DIDN'T CHANGE,HOWEVER, AND THEY CONTINUED TO

SEARCH FOR A STAY AT HOME WIFELIKE THEIR MOTHERS.

MEN DID NOT KNOW HOW TO RELATETO THE NEW FEMALE, THUS CAME THE

ERA OF DIVORCES."

(AUDIENCE REACTS)YOU HEAR THAT, LADIES?

DIVORCE IS YOUR FAULT BECAUSEYOU GOT THE PILL ALLOWING YOU TO

HAVE ALL KINDS OF CARE-FREE SEX.

EVERY HUSBAND'S NIGHTMARE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T CALL

THIS ALPHA DOG SEXIST.

HE'S WAY MORE THAN THAT.

FOR INSTANCE, HE'S ALSO RACIST.

HE SAID THAT HE CHOSE A BRANDNAME WITH A LOT OF "Ls" IN IT

AS A MARKETING TOOL BECAUSE THESOUND DIDN'T EXIST IN JAPANESE

PHONETICS, TELLING ONEJOURNALIST "IT'S FUNNY TO WATCH

THEM TRY AND SAY IT."

(AUDIENCE REACTS)THAT IS HI-RARIOUS!

(LAUGHTER)ROH-ROH.

EARLIER THIS ALPHA DOG GOT ASWAT ON THE NOSE.

>> YOGA PANTS ARE BEING RECALLEDFOR BEING TOO SEE THROUGH.

THE RECALL INVOLVES PANTINGUSING THE SIGNATURE FABRIC THAT

IS COMBINATION OF NIGH LOB ANDLYCRA.

THIS IS 17% OF ALL LULULEMONBOTTOMS.

>> CUSTOMERS HAVE NOTICED THEIRWORKOUTS ARE LOOKING MORE LIKE A

PIPE SHOW SAYING LULULEMON'SPANTS ARE SEE THROUGH, LEAVING

LITTLE TO THE IMAGINATION.

>> NOW THE COMPANY IS GETTINGCOMPLAINTS ABOUT TWO OTHER

STYLES OF PANTS.

CUSTOMERS SAY THEY'RE SCRATCHY,PILLING, AND ONCE AGAIN SEE

THROUGH.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

LULULEMON RECALLED ITSTRANSPARENT YOGA PANTS FOR WOMEN

WHICH CAUSED A HUGE DROP INSTOCK PRICE FOLLOWED BY A HUGE

DROP IN MEN GOING TO YOGA CLASS.

(LAUGHTER)BUT EVEN AFTER TURNING SUN SAL

YOU STATIONS INTO FULL MOONS--(LAUGHTER)

-- THIS ALPHA DOG REFUSED TOMUZZLE HIMSELF.

HE REVEALED WHY HIS PANTS WERENOT ONLY SEE THROUGH BUT

SUFFERED THE PILLING.

>> FRANKLY, SOME WOMEN'S BODIESJUST DON'T WORK FOR IT.

AND THAT COULD BE -->> Stephen: .

>> THEY DON'T WORK FOR THISPANT?

>> NO, THEY DON'T WORK FORCERTAIN -- SOME WOMEN'S BODIES.

JUST, YOU KNOW, IT'S ABOUT THERUBBING THROUGH THE THIGHS, HOW

MUCH PRESSURE THERE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

LULULEMON C.E.O. THINKS HISPRODUCT IS DEFECTIVE AND IT'S

YOUR FAULT BECAUSE AS PATANJALISAYS IN THE YOGA SUTRA

"CULTIVATE FRIENDLINESS TO THEHAPPY, COMPASSION FOR THE

UNHAPPY, DELIGHT IN THE VIRTUOUSAND INDIFFERENCE TOWARD THE

WICKED.

ALSO, NO FATTIES."

(LAUGHTER)NOW, NOT EVERY C.E.O. HAS THE

MARKETING SAVVY TO LIVE BY THEMANTRA "THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS

FAT."

(LAUGHTER)BUT CHIP HERE KNOWS THAT CALLING

OUT YOUR CLIENTELE'S CHUB-RUB ISJUST GOOD MARKETING.

IT MAKES THEM FEEL INSECUREABOUT THEIR BODIES, THAT'S

CAUSING THEM TO WORK OUT MOREWHICH MEANS THEY NEED MORE

ATHLETIC CLOTHES-- CHA-CHING.

(LAUGHTER)BY THE WAY, CHA-CHING IS ALSO

CHIP WILSON'S NICKNAME FORCHINESE PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)HI-RARIOUS!

AND AFTER HIS CRITICS BARKEDTHAT IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO ROLL

OVER AND APOLOGIZE HE RELEASEDTHIS HEART FELT STATEMENT.

>> I'M SAD.

I'M REALLY SAD.

I'M SAD FOR THE PEOPLE ATLULULEMON WHO I CARE SO MUCH

ABOUT.

I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALLTHAT HAS OCCURRED AND THE IMPACT

IT HAS HAD ON YOU.

I'M SORRY TO HAVE PUT YOU ALLTHROUGH THIS.

>> Stephen: YOU HEAR THAT,LADIES?

CHIP WILSON IS SAD THAT YOURCHAFING HAM HOCKS MADE HIM PUT

HIS EMPLOYEES THROUGH THISDIFFICULT TIME.

THAT STILL WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THEHOUNDS IN THE MEDIA.

>> NO APPARENT APOLOGY TOCUSTOMERS, NO EXPLANATION AT

ALL.

>> CON FROM A MARKETINGSTANDPOINT CHIP WILSON'S APOLOGY

IS KIND OF A DISASTER.

SEEMS LIKE HE'S SAYING "I'MSORRY I GOT CAUGHT" BUT HE

DOESN'T SEEM SORRY HE SAID IT.

>> SOME ARE CALLING IT THE WORST"I'M SORRY" EVER.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIDICULOUS!

IT WAS A PERFECTLY GOOD APOLOGY.

BUT SOME WOMEN'S BODIES JUSTDON'T WORK FOR IT.

IF CHIP'S "I'M SORRY" WASN'TGOOD ENOUGH, YOU PROBABLY

COULDN'T HEAR HIM PROPERLY OVERTHE LOUD RUBBING OF YOUR FAT

THIGHS.

(LAUGHTER)SO THANK YOU, CHIP WILSON, FOR

LIFTING YOUR THROWING PEE ONYOUR CUSTOMERS AND THEN BLAMING

THEM FOR BEING WET.

YOU, SIR, ARE MY ALPHA DOG OFTHE WEEK.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY!

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE DIRECTOROF THE HEARTBREAKING FILM "12

YEARS A SLAVE."

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, SLAVERYDIDN'T LAST AS LONG AS I

THOUGHT.

PLEASE WELCOME STEVE McQUEEN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)HEY, MR. McQUEEN, THANKS SO

MUCH FOR COMING ON.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FORCOMING ON.

THIS IS A HUGE THRILL.

OFF GIANT MOVIE THIS YEAR.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU'RE ABRITISH ARTIST AND FILMMAKER,

YOUR FILMS INCLUDE "HUNGER" AND"SHAME."

CURRENTLY YOU'RE THE PRODUCERAND DIRECTOR OF "12 YEARS A

SLAVE" WHICH IS ADAPTED FROM AN1853 CHRONICLE OF A MAN NAMED

SOLOMON NORTHUP, RIGHT?

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: TELL THE PEOPLETHE STORY OF SOLOMON.

>> WELL, SOLOMON NORTHUP WAS AFREE BLACK MAN THAT LIVED IN

SARATOGA, NEW YORK, WHO GOTKIDNAPPED IN 1841 AND HE WAS

BROUGHT TO THE SOUTH WHERE HELIVED FOR 12 YEARS WITHIN

SLAVERY.

>> Stephen: OKAY, THE THINGABOUT THIS MOVIE IS I -- YOU

KNOW, I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET, I'MLOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

THE THING THAT I'VE HEARD ISTHAT IT MAKES SLAVERY LOOK

REALLY BAD.

(LAUGHTER)IS THAT A SPOILER ALERT?

I DON'T KNOW.

(LAUGHTER)>> IT WAS PRETTY CRUEL.

IT WAS PRETTY BRUTAL.

IT WAS SLAVERY, SO UNFORTUNATELY--

>> Stephen: RIGHT, RIGHT.

THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT SLAVERY.

>> PRECISELY.

>> Stephen: I'M ON RECORD ASSAYING THAT I'M AGAINST SLAVERY,

I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUTTHAT.

>> I'M VERY PLEASED ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: IT TOOK A FAIRAMOUNT OF COURAGE, BUT I DID IT.

I'M FROM THE DREAM SOUTH,CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

AS WE LIKE TO SAY, ALL ROADSLEAD NORTH FROM CHARLESTON.

(LAUGHTER)WHERE DOES THIS MOVIE TAKE

PLACE?

>> IT TAKES PLACE IN LOUISIANA.

>> Stephen: OKAY, WELL THAT'SUNDERSTANDABLE.

THOSE PEOPLE ARE TERRIBLE.

(LAUGHTER)SOUTH CAROLINA, WAS SLAVERY BAD

EVERYWHERE?

BECAUSE I GREW UP HEARING THATSOME SLAVES ENJOYED AT LEAST THE

JOB SECURITY.

I'M NOT SAYING SLAVERY.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)HONEST TO GOD.

I GREW UP BEING TAUGHT THE CIVILWAR WAS NOT ABOUT SLAVERY, IT

WAS ABOUT ECONOMIC ISSUES ANDABOUT STATES RIGHTS AND THAT A

LOT OF SLAVES, YOU KNOW, ENJOYEDTHE JOB SECURITY.

>> I WOULD DOUBT THAT VERY MUCH.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: YOU LEARN

SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY.

>> YEAH.

I WILL SAY NO TO THAT COMPLETELYAND EMPHATICALLY, IN FACT.

QUITE EMPHATICALLY.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING.

I A LOT OF TIMES -- I DON'T CAREBUT I HEAR YOU'RE A BLACK GUY.

>> APPARENTLY.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

IF YOU'RE A BLACK GUY BUT YOUHAVE AN ENGLISH ACCENT.

>> CORRECT, YES.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS AN ENGLISHPERSON DOING COMING OVER HERE

AND TELLING US OUR SORDIDHISTORY.

WE'LL ACCUSE OURSELVES OFCRIMES, IF YOU DON'T MIND, SIR.

(LAUGHTER)>> WELL, SLAVERY WASN'T

PARTICULARLY FOCUSED JUST N THEUNITED STATES.

IT WAS A GLOBAL AND WORLD TRADE.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT YOURPEOPLE DID TO THE IRISH, MY

PEOPLE.

>> OH, ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU LIKE TOAPOLOGIZE TO -- AS AN ENGLISH

PERSON?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TOMY PEOPLE, THE IRISH PEOPLE, FOR

WHAT YOU DID TO US?

>> (LAUGHS).

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU LIKE TOAPOLOGIZE RIGHT NOW?

>> I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE FORALL CRIMES OF CRUELTY AND

SLAVERY THROUGHOUT THE WORLDWHICH EXIST EVEN TODAY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

PRETEND I'M A MOVIEGOER, OKAY?

SATURDAY NIGHT, I CAN CHOOSEBETWEEN GOING TO SEE "THOR".

(LAUGHTER)-- LAST VEGAS, MAYBE THAT BLUE

IS THE WARMEST COLOR THING.

(LAUGHTER)AND "12 YEARS A SLAVE."

SELL ME.

>> WELL, I'LL SELL IT TO YOUTHIS WAY --

>> Stephen: ONE OF THEM IS"THOR."

(LAUGHTER)>> YES, HE HAS A VERY BIG

HAMMER.

"12 YEARS A SLAVE" IS A TRUESTORY ABOUT AN AMERICAN HERO AND

I WOULD ACTUALLY SAY TO YOU, THEAUDIENCE, THAT HE'S A RARITY IN

THE WORLD AS A FIGURE AND AS ISAID BEFORE, HE NEEDS TO BE

RECOGNIZED AND NEEDS TO BE SORTOF LOOKED AT IN PERSPECTIVE NOW.

>> Stephen: WAS THIS NOVELPOPULAR BACK IN THE DAY?

>> IT SOLD 27,000 COPIES IN ITSFIRST YEAR.

BUT WHAT HAPPENED AFTER WASUNCLE TOM'S CABIN CAME THE NEXT

YEAR AND OBLITERATED IT SO ITGOT BURIED.

>> Stephen: AND SHE WAS JUSTRIDING HIS COATTAILS.

>> AND SHE TOOK A LOT OF FROMTHAT BOOK AND NEXT YEAR WE HAD A

FICTIONALIZED BOOK OF SLAVERYTHAT BECAME A HUGE BEST-SELLER

AND BURIED "12 YEARS A SLAVE."

>> Stephen: DID YOU PAYANYTHING TO SOLOMON NORTHUP FOR

HIS STORY?

>> NO, BUT THE PUBLIC ARE PAYINGHIM VERY, VERY WELL.

THE BOOK HAS SOLD OVER 100,000COPIES IN TWO MONTHS.

>> Stephen: 100,000 COPIES INTWO MONTHS!

BUT HE DOESN'T GET PART OF YOURKNEW SPREE IN.

>> NO, HE DOESN'T GET A CUT OFMY MOVIE.

>> Stephen: I DON'T WANT TOPOINT OUT THAT YOU ARE MAKING

MONEY OFF THE LABOR OF A BLACKMAN.

(LAUGHTER)AND PAYING HIM NOTHING!

THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT, YOUREALIZE.

>> TRUST ME, I'M NOT GETTINGPAID THAT MUCH, UNFORTUNATELY.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: WELL, THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)STEVE McQUEEN, "12 YEARS A

SLAVE."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FOR "THEREPORT. GOOD NIGHT.

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