Colbert Parodies Classic Tootsie Pop Ad to Talk About Trump and Racism (Video)

Saturday morning cartoon veterans will never forget what a jerk Mr. Owl really is

Last Updated: March 18, 2019 @ 10:21 PM

On Monday’s “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert brought forth a parody of an old animated ad for Tootsie Pops to talk about Donald Trump.

Last week, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the man accused of killing 50 people in shootings at two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques, said in a manifesto that Trump is “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” Trump has consistently denied he is a white supremacist, and various administration officials said the same thing in media appearances after the attacks.

For example, on Sunday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday”: “The President is not a white supremacist. I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.”

So on “The Late Show,” Colbert rolled out an animated clip riffing off Mulvaney’s implied rhetorical question. Watch it below:

For those of you who aren’t a million years old like us, the clip is a parody of commercials for Tootsie Pop brand lolipops that first aired in the 1970s. In the commercial, a boy asks a wise owl named Mr. Owl, “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” As it turns out, Mr. Owl is kind of a jerk. Check out the original version and see for yourself: