• Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: Justin Bieber Roast on Comedy Central

    by  • April 9, 2015 • Cable Choice, Sex, Worst Cable Show of the Week • 9 Comments

    For unbelievably vile sexual content and foul language the March 30th presentation of the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber (10:00 p.m.) is the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.

    The “roast” is an old showbiz tradition, with actors, comedians, and others taking light-hearted jabs at a compatriot at a mock “tribute” dinner. But Comedy Central has taken what was once family-friendly humor and turned it into an appalling mass of foul language and vulgar sex and toilet jokes.

    This time around, the victim was teen pop idol Justin Bieber (though the REAL victims of this dreck were the millions of cable and satellite subscribers forced to pay for it).

    In the days of the classic Dean Martin program, roasts attracted top-name talent: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Benny, George Burns, Don Rickles. By contrast, Comedy Central’s feeble effort must use has-been, wanna-be, or never-were “talent” like Kevin Hart, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Chris D’Elia, Natasha Leggero, and Pete Davison. (If you said “who?” to those names, you’re not alone.) Also on the roster were rappers like Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, which at least makes a little sense, as they are singers like Bieber; but the inclusion of totally random “celebrities” Shaquille O’Neal and Martha Stewart (!) is utterly baffling. Apparently, Comedy Central was so desperate to find “roasters” that they walked down Hollywood Boulevard and grabbed remotely famous people at random.

    Kevin Hart kicked off this vile embarrassment, claiming they would be giving Bieber the ”ass whooping that he deserves.” “He has a d**k and a p**sy,” Hart began. “Justin, stand up. Pop that thing one time. Sounds to me like Scooter was fresh off a d**k-beating session.”

    Guest Martha Stewart also came under attack from several presenters:

    Kevin Hart: “Martha Stewart had her shirt off in my dressing room. Stop, stop, stop. Don’t get the wrong idea. She just wanted me to ti**y [bleeped f***] her!”

    Jeff Ross: “Martha, I want to [bleeped f**k] you so bad. I bet your pubes are 50 shades of gray…We’ll all be trying to finger-bang Martha Stewart at the after party.”

    Justin Bieber: “Martha thanks for coming. I know that’s probably something you don’t do anymore.”

    But most of the show’s barbs were borderline obscene and racist rants:

    Pete Davison: “[Bieber has] ‘patience’ tattooed on your neck, and ‘this doesn’t count’ right above his a**hole. No, no, no, but Justin’s [bleeped f**ked] more models than bulimia. He’s the only thing they swallow and don’t throw back up.”

    Martha Stewart: “Besides his music career, Snoop now has produced a porn movie, and by the way, Natasha, you were great in that, so I guess this is the second time you’ve worked with five black guys. You know, I do a lot of gardening, but you are without a doubt the the dirtiest, used up ho I have ever seen.”

    Jeff Ross: “That’s right, Selena Gomez used to bang this guy, proving once again that Mexicans will do the disgusting jobs Americans just won’t do.”

    It is utterly incomprehensible why programs this vile even exist. They’re not funny, often inspiring more nausea and disgust than humorous laughter in the viewer. But given they do exist, it is the height of arrogance that the entertainment industry forces every cable and satellite subscriber to support such programming – ample reason for the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber to be named the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.


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    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    9 Responses to Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: Justin Bieber Roast on Comedy Central

    1. Brett
      June 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      I personally think you guys need to relax, if you don’t like it don’t watch it they weren’t forcing you to watch the roast anyway. This sounds more like fake outrage and using Justin Biebers name to get all the older parents who didn’t like him anyway involved so you can get more comments, traffic and clicks. Mission accomplished, I guess..

    2. kirsi
      May 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Sounds as funny as falling to the sewer. Yuck!

    3. Jason T. Fliberg
      April 17, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      I thought the whole roast was pretty funny.

    4. Dana
      April 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Me: “Just don’t watch” just doesn’t work!

      Heckler: Dana, do you not know how to use a remote control?

    5. Donna Blankenhorn
      April 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Reading about the Justin Bieber roast was absolutely disgusting! It seems the new roasters today are so untalented they think they have to resort to porn and are so dull (I could use a harsher word) they don’t know they are not being funny. The writers couldn’t write a decent, funny, script if their life depended on it. I hope you, Unilever will think again in sponsoring such trash again. It is not saying much about you, either.

    6. Aaron Green
      April 10, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      I don’t know what roast you’ve watched, but even the old Friars club’s roasts in the days of Dean Martin were pretty racist and sexual charged…

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm


        The Friar’s Club roasts, yes. It was a showbiz tradition to be raunchy during roasts. But the ones televised in prime time (like the old Dean Martin Roasts) were family-friendly, because they were being beamed into people’s homes.

        There is (or ought to be) a difference in standards between the kind of comedy you leave your house and pay to see in a comedy club or cabaret, vs. one that’s beamed into your living room in prime time.

    7. Anne Ryan
      April 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      To know that I contribute to this trash is reprehensible. Somewhere along the line, you’ve taken what was once considered ‘family entertainment’ to a despicable level by airing such filth. Always pushing the envelope may, in fact, be detrimental to your company and your advertisers. Those advertisers are beginning to hear from those that will not tolerate the readily available smut you air on your networks. Your programming can no longer be called ‘family entertainment’.

      Be responsible. Remove this horribly offensive trash from your programming as quickly as possible. If I, and I trust hundreds of thousands of parents, continue to see what our financial support provides to unsuspecting customers, you will be sadly disappointed when your customer base begins to rapidly dwindle.

      Be responsible for your content! Better yet, I ask you to turn the tables: would you want your children to have access to this disgusting, vile, pornographic television? I think not.

    8. Phyllis Bove
      April 10, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Due to the garbage on television, my viewing is very limited. Therefore, I rely on the PTC for up-dates. Just when I thought I was shock-proof, I read this article about the Bieber roast. It is such a source of sadness to me that the entertainment industry has sunk so low and is still sinking. There is beauty, clean humor, inspiration from talented artists and classic authors. What a pity the industry chooses to mostly avoid them. It’s a bigger pity still, that there is an audience for the horrible programs they are producing.
      Thank you PTC and please keep up your good work.

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