Craig Ferguson may not be Chris Crocker, but the award-winning Peabody TV host recently went viral for defending Britney Spears in a 2007 opening monologue.
In the old Late show music video, Ferguson asks for sympathy and understanding for the pop singer as she publicly went through a difficult time. From shaving her head to recording in rehab, the “Toxic” singer has become the subject of jokes and catchy headlines for all forms of media.
“I’m starting to feel uncomfortable making fun of these people,” he says. “Comedy should have a certain joy in it. It should be about attacking the powerful people, attacking the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards, pursuing them. We should not attack the vulnerable. “
Ferguson continues: “I think my goal is a bit disappointing and I want to change it. So tonight, no jokes about Britney Spears. This woman has two children. She is 25 years old. She is a baby herself. It’s a baby.
Twitter user @BritneyHiatus shared the clip on the social media platform on Monday, which then went viral. They captioned the video: “Never forget when Craig Ferguson refused to make fun of Britney.”
Ferguson’s speech resurfaces as fans voice their support for the singer, who is currently fighting to break free from court-imposed tutelage with the #FreeBritney movement. The video also went viral after a new doc on the singer, titled The New York Times features Britney Spears coaching, debuted on Hulu and Fox on February 5.
See Ferguson’s monologue below.
Never forget when Craig Ferguson refused to make fun of Britney Spears. pic.twitter.com/r8AuiNPW0L
– Britney Fan 🌹 (@BritneyHiatus) February 9, 2021