Apparently Jimmy Fallon’s interview with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is cause for having a shit-fit.
You see, whenever a comedian has a guest on his show, those who don’t like that guest expect that host to abuse them.
When they instead treat them like a human being, naturally the next thing to do is smear the host as a “racist” and resurrect rumors of their alleged drinking problem:
I don’t watch much TV anymore, except for sports, streaming everything else.
When I do happen to catch one of the late night shows, I prefer to watch celebrities read mean tweets sent to them.
I don’t expect comedians to play the part of Edward R. Morrow, even though nobody seems to mind when Stephen Colbert carries water for Hillary Clinton.
This whole meltdown puts my mind to a line in a movie called “Can We Take a Joke?” which I believe is a canary-in-the-coal-mine regarding freedom around the world:
When they start going for the comedians, everyone else needs to sweat.
In light of this, the public crucifixion of Jimmy Fallon is especially worrying, and entirely unjustified.
Unfortunately we’ve become accustomed to our late night TV hosts injecting politics into their shows since Jon Stewart took over the Daily Show in 1999.
I’ve liked him before, and there’s always time for shitposting and satire, but having greenlit the archetypical smug, arrogant liberal who approaches politics from a point of self-appointed moral superiority instead of mere disagreement, Stewart may have inflicted incalculable damage to our ability to speak civily about the issues of our time and the Fallon pile-on is a perfect example of this.
I’m not even high on Trump, who’s so all over the place he’s difficult to take seriously.
But I also rememeber when Joe Biden said Mitt Romney would put black people “back in chains”.
That was a flatly ridiculous claim to make, but this is the level when your electoral success is predicated on cranking the LiterallyHitler™ knobs to eleven, 24/7/365.
Soon enough people start to tune out when they realize how full of it you are.
Perhaps the most unnerving objection I’ve seen is that it “humanizes” Trump, but Trump is not LiterallyHitler™, and this episode is an unnerving reminder, at least to me, of what happens when people are spoken of in less-than-human terms.
Again, I may not vote at all this year, much less for Trump. But you can still not be overly fond of someone or disagree with someone while objecting to how they’re treated.
Fortunately there are people who understand this, which gives me hope for the future of civil public discourse:
Heaven forbid we try to build up lines of communication with those we disagree with. https://t.co/R4H9Z8FHLV
— BROgressive Immanuel (@unmundig) September 16, 2016
Liberal Media is outraged their year-long campaign to dehumanize Trump is single-handedly thwarted by inoffensive comedian Jimmy Fallon
— Skeptic™️️ 🛡 (@ArmouredSkeptic) September 16, 2016
People are criticizing Jimmy Fallon for "humanizing a monster" by acting like monsters themselves with vitriolic insults & accusations.
— Chris @PAX East 🆒 (@Daemonprofane) September 16, 2016
If you're okay with Jimmy Fallon treating Hillary Clinton like a human being, then you should be okay with him doing the same to Trump.
— Saltasaurus (@LiteralSalt) September 16, 2016