"You are a feminist icon, sir."
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"Some critics have said in response to this that if the Catholic church's insurance does not cover Sandra Fluke's birth control, it shouldn't cover Cardinal Dolan's Viagra. Oh, no, no, no, that's called celibacy plus. That's how the pros do it. Because chastity is one thing, but it shows true commitment to uphold your vows when you are sporting a crook you could hang a miter on. Oh, wow, see you at mass on Sunday, sir? I hope he doesn't become Pope. I'm a Catholic, it's okay. I go to confession, it will be fine. "
- Stephen Colbert, speaking at the TIME 100 Gala, in front of Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan
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The Time 100 Most Influential People
list could be considered the runners-up for its annual Person Of the Year, but then they were all invited to a Gala Event in New York, many of whom did attend and a few of whom either spoke or performed, most notably Stephen Colbert
. In his most outrageous/gutsiest/looniest performance since the White House Correspondents Dinner, he did an almost 'celebrity roast' for the TIME 100, zinging, among others, Chelsea Handler ("The horrible, horrible things that were said about you, tramp, gutter skank, and a lot of those were you talking about yourself."
), Tim Tebow ("they really should've put Jesus on the list because, according to Tim, he did all the work, and you know Jesus would have shown up to this dinner."
) and especially David Koch ("Little known fact, David's brother Charles Koch is actually even more influential. Charles pledged $40 million to defeat President Obama, David only $20 million. That's kind of cheap, Dave. Sure, he's all for buying the elections, but when the bill for democracy comes up, Dave's always in the men's room. I'm sorry, I must have left Wisconsin in my other coat. ... By the way, if David Koch likes his waiter tonight, he will be your next congressman."
While TIME has not provided a video of Colbert's entire speech, like they did for Hillary Rodham Clinton
, he does appear on the '2 Minute Highlight Reel'
, along with Raphael Saadiq, Secretary Clinton, Matt Lauer, Rihanna, Cardinal Dolan, Barbara Van Dahlem and Freeman A. Hrabowski.
In other video, TIME's Joel Stein did embarrassing Red Carpet interviews with Louis CK, 'Robot Guy' Henrik Schärfe, Jeremy Lin, Claire Danes, Spanx's Sara Blakely, a TIME executive, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Tilda Swinton, Domestic Rights Activist Ai-Jen Poo and Athlete Victor Cruz
(unavoidable editorial comment: if these are the highlights, what do the outtakes look like?)