Stephen Colbert tackles Thanksgiving controversies on 'The Late Show' |


Stephen Colbert tackles Thanksgiving controversies on The Late Show

(The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)

Is Thanksgiving the most politically divisive meal of the year? That may seem like a bold claim, but Stephen Colbert seems to think so.

OnThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host addressed some very heavy issues that led him to make such claims: the sweet potato vs. yam debate and turkey pardoning. 

“The holiday dinner table has become a minefield of controversial subjects like sex, religion, and ‘What’s the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?’ ” Colbert said, going on to explain how some grocery stores are selling sweet potatoes as yams (gasp!).

As for the turkey pardoning, Colbert broached the subject of last year’s event, in which President Obama pardoned not one, but TWO, turkeys. The funnyman then turned to a poll where 59 percent of democrats were in favor of the move, with 11 percent of republicans supporting the action (drama!).

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Statistics on the favorability of sweet potatoes with or without marshmallows ensued (with a political jab, likening a certain presidential candidate to said potato). Watch the controversies unfold below, and beware of debates on the sensitive subjects to ensue at the dinner table today.