A Marine Corps Times story on the possibility of a universal cover for male and female Marines landed on Thursday night’s episode of “The Colbert Report.”
The story written by James K. Sanborn on Monday stated that the Marine Corps Uniform Board was looking at adopting a universal cover for men and women to be worn with dress and service uniforms. The board collected feedback throughout the week and is expected to meet on Tuesday. The piece included a photo released by the Corps showing different cover options, including the possibility of “Dan Daly caps” for all Marines.
Marines immediately began sharing their opinions about the possible changes on social media, and other news outlets began to catch on.
Stephen Colbert joined the debate Thursday night’s episode of “The Colbert Report,” the satire conservative news program on Comedy Central. Colbert called the idea a “hatastrophe.” The extra inches on the brim would change the word “Marine” to “Maureen,” he quipped, playing on the ‘girly hats’ splashy headlines used by other news outlets to describe the cover.
Colbert then cuts to the Marine Corps Times story on the subject, which references that a similar cover was worn by two-time Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, known best for his World War I exploits at Belleau Wood.
“What does he know about being manly? He’s wearing two necklaces and a brooch,” Colbert joked.
You can check out the whole clip here: