Stephen Colbert updates ‘West Side Story’ with bleak new lyrics for the coronavirus pandemic

Stephen Colbert updates 'West Side Story' with bleak new lyrics for the coronavirus pandemic

“Okay, we don’t have a public health system, but we do have systemic racism and truck nuts,” quipped Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Monday. 

The U.S. now has about 5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, with actual infection numbers estimated to be up to 10 times as much. Yet the Trump administration continues to mismanage the deadly pandemic, and thousands still refuse to wear face masks or obey social distancing guidelines.

America is burning itself to the ground with alarming speed, while the rest of the world watches on in horror and confusion. 

“With international attitudes toward America changing, we might have to update that classic song from West Side Story,” said Colbert, introducing a dubbed clip of the musical’s song “America:” Read more…

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