Biden-Harris promises a return to the Golden Age of political satire. Which sucked.
Looking forward to being considered a spoilsport by everyone I know for pointing out the flaws in the Biden-Harris ticket. Yes, I know they are better than Trump. No, I don't believe that they will enact any real progressive change. Yes, I think they will continue to push American towards austerity and (eventual) fascism. People think things will go back to normal, and they may be quieter for a few years, but we are on the same path of decline we have been since the 80s.
Another poster here mentioned the brunching crowd. There is going to be a lot of pressure from and among that crowd to pretend everything is fine. Sometimes deliberately burying my head in the sand with the rest of them seems like the obvious choice, but the goals and dreams of that crowd, which always to me seem shallow and alienating, now see fundamentally pointless and self destructive as well.
I still can't believe they picked the cop. Usually the DNC is a little more discreet in telling the plebs to go fuck themselves. They learned something from Trump.
Well blogged, Jack.
Appreciate the Michelle Wolf reference. As uncomfortable as I was watching it, I think it stands exactly as you've displayed it: an indictment of the establishment trying to maintain establishment-approved jokes that protect the halls, like joking about how the wallpaper is a funky choice instead of pointing out that the labor was done by historically exploited and disenfranchised citizens.
Biden-Harris is such an overt fuck you to every leftist movement out there for so many reasons it actually boggles the mind to think about. I've been legitimately furious about what a shitty pick Harris is for days now, and the less said about Biden who I'm pretty sure isn't going to even understand that he's won (if he wins, and I don't care what the polls say I'm not so sure he'll win) or indeed that he was involved in an election at all by the time November rolls around. I'll hold my nose and vote for it, but I won't like it and I sure as shit won't be quiet about the fact that I don't like it.
Anyway more to the point Saturday Night Live has been so reliably toothless in its criticism that it's just one more of these old dinosaur legacy shows that people respect for some reason and I will never understand why (and I'm saying that as someone who watched (and enjoyed!) Mad TV so my own taste in sketch comedy is SUSPECT (but come on the Spy vs Spy shorts ruled)). It is in fact comedy meant to make you think that everything is okay, even though it very much isn't and you very much could actually use comedy to criticize! That is, in fact, one of the strengths of comedy! Michelle Wolf understood that, which is why she actually got up there and talked mad shit (and it was fucking hilarious!) and as a result she fucking killed the press dinner which honestly should've been done years ago.
One of the little mercies of living abroad is that NBC blocks access to SNL clips on youtube so I don't ever have to watch 'em or indeed even have them show up as recommended videos. It's made my life better.
Ugh the last thing I want to see is SNL political satire...or even SNL at all at this point, they should just call a quits for a few years maybe and try to pick it back up again later because what they have been doing these past few years has been anything but funny
Wow. Not sure if I share the take on Pete Davidson. Uhhhfff.
When it comes to SNL, you've got to read Seth Simons too: https://sethsimons.substack.com/. He just did a deep dive on Jost's new memoir that is worth the subscription alone.
I'm angry at how right every word is