For Once, Trump Is A Symptom

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Memo to Trump-SNL protesters: YOU ARE LATE TO THE PARTY AND THINKING TOO SMALL.

So NBC asked The Donald to host SNL, and apparently it's a problem. Trump, after all, is a horrible person. He says Mexicans are racists! How can a late night comedy show offer a platform for such a hateful politician to make with the jokey jokes? Let's start a petition! Let's get a congressman to join the campaign!

And in one sense, I agree. Donald Trump hosting SNL is an awful idea. It's awful politically, it's awful ethically, and it's awful comedically. I'd love it if NBC changed their mind or bowed to the pressure because then the awful idea wouldn't happen. But Trump hosting SNL is just the extreme specific case of a much larger, much broader, problem.

Why the fuck were we fine with Hillary dancing on Ellen? You think she spontaneously decided to Ne Ne? Because that's crazytalk. Hillary danced on Ellen because someone figured out that dancing on Ellen would make her more likable. John Ellis Bush! Bush trying to play along on Colbert's new show. Christie's various appearances. Henry Kissinger appearing in the Colbert Report's "Get Lucky" montage.

And we can keep going back. Jon Stewart had a lot of monsters on his show and tried to find common ground with them. John McCain was a media darling. Everyone remembers Bill Clinton playing the saxophone on Arsenio, even some of the people rotting in prison for non-violent offenses so that Clinton couldn't be called "soft on crime" by Republicans who called him that anyway.

The fact is, these politicians will exploit and use late-night comedy hosts to make them seem like normal folks who can laugh at themselves unconvincingly and make deposits in the bank of public opinion so they can withdraw it later when they need to fuck somebody or some group over in public. The entertainment industry plays their part in the game because it's solid ratings with the chance of a "moment", good or bad, becoming big news.

So, yeah, fuck Donald Trump on SNL. But if you don't want that to happen, then maybe you ought to consider the whole incestuous relationship between politics, the entertainment industry, and the news media. Their circle jerk comes at our expense, in the form of corruption, societal erosion, and most importantly, awful, awful comedy sketches.