Stephen Colbert Takes On Wisconsin Ban On High School Sports Chanting
Rick Chandler 01:56 pm, January 19th, 2016
As you may know, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has banned negative chants at high school basketball games -- things like "Airball!" and "Scoreboard!", etc. This has made the state pretty much the subject of ridicule throughout the land, but never as much so as on Monday night, when Stephen Colbert took up the issue on The Late Show.
"As we get closer to Super Bowl 50, every sports fan is asking the same question: 'What's going on with Wisconsin high school basketball?' A lot. Because the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has now banned high school students in the stands from chanting things like 'Airball!' or anything meant to taunt the other team. I think this is crazy. Watching basketball without chanting is like watching baseball without napping.
"Let's face it, high school is a savage cult and kids will chant. So I want to give high schoolers some phrases that are good as chants, but are not insulting. So, instead of 'Airball!', try this:
(Audience shouts): "Earl Grey!"
"Perfect. Now you;re just celebrating a delicious breakfast tea. You can't get in trouble for that. But Wisconsin also banned this chant: 'Fun-da-men-tals!' So kids, just replace that with this similar-sounding one:
(Audience): "Fondue cheese melt!"
"Because nothing says Wisconsin sports like dipable cheese."
Colbert then pointed out that the WIAA issued this tweet:
"I don't know about you, but hearing that teenagers are using that phrase actually makes me proud. I believe that's why our founders named it USA in the first place. To tell King George 'You suck ass.' "