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Stephen Colbert addresses North Carolina controversy

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The second episode of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show with new showrunner Chris Licht featured a powerful video message. It started with the host sitting at a desk addressing viewers about the recent North Carolina controversy. Ever since the state passed discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation last month, many artists (including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam) have announced boycotts of North Carolina. Colbert, however, had a different take, or at least that’s how it seemed at first.

“I believe it is possible to use the magic of television to bridge our differences,” Colbert said. “I mean for Pete’s sake, even after the Civil War, great leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee believed this country could come together.”

At this point, two actors dressed as Lincoln and Lee appeared behind Colbert. As the host continued to talk about the situation with North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, the two started making out behind him, and Colbert’s words took on a different sort of innuendo.

“We must cling to each other passionately, and really, really just go for it,” Colbert said as the actors fell to the floor.

Watch the full clip below.