Swift still has Swag.  In the following clips from The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert references “A Modest Proposal.”

The Word: A Modest Porpoisal

 

The Word: Swift Payment

Colbert also referenced Swift when he was embroiled in a controversy over a satirical comment that was deemed racist.  In response to the Twitter uproar (#CancelColbert), Colbert said: “When I saw the tweet without context, I understood how people were offended.  The same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ I mean, ‘eat Irish babies! #CancelSwift’” Trend it!”