I have never posted a video on this blog. I’m not exactly sure why that is, but short of dog-and-cat-at-play videos and James Corden, I often find them boring, and honestly, I don’t like the way they look on the page. That, plus the glut of videos out there is obscene. HOWEVER, this video, Vox’s Comedians have figured out the trick to covering Trump, is so on point, so smart, that I have to share.
I once posed a question on FB asking if there were any republican “Alex Baldwins” out there—minus a master of ceremony at some right-wing-convention, addressing a crowd of tighty-whiteys, there are not. So what does that say about the republicans? I personally believe that they don’t have the smarts for comedy, and to be crass, laughter is hard for those who have a giant stick traveling from their bottom straight up to their neck. Humor is not the strong suit of the privileged, the conservative. But because republicans are, now more than ever, masters at flinging the absurd, the accusational, the sensational, the nose-up-in-the-air “bullshit” (all this fodder!), they become the perfect springboard for comedians, who unlike journalists, cut thru the crap and make fun of the crap because they can—it’s their job. They make us laugh, they stretch our consciousness.
If you feel as if you can’t watch one more political video, one more spin, one more take on trumpism, too bad—watch this one—it is as much a commentary on humor as it is on the coverage of our current administration. COMEDY, people! It’s what gets me through this mess.
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