A high-brow Hispanic ‘activist’ group followed up the release of its cinematic masterpiece with an offer to pay $5,000 to anyone who would call Donald Trump a racist while he hosted SNL, a production that is recorded live in front of a studio audience in the SWPL paradise of midtown Manhattan.
I have to confess to being surprised that someone didn’t go for it. It provided an easy virtue signalling opportunity, with a couple extra minutes tacked onto the 15 minutes of fame a heckler would’ve been able to enjoy if he had pledged to donate the $5k to an immigrant outreach center. It didn’t happen, though, presumably because Trump did what he needed to do to ensure that it wouldn’t happen. There’s no excuse for underestimating Trump’s framing ability at this point, so shame on me for not assuming he’d turn it around to his advantage.
To flip the script by making a joke out of the activist group and have it delivered by a high-profile Jew like Larry David–the caricature of a miserly old Jew if ever there was one (he impersonates Bernie Sanders, after all)–is to demonstrate masterful stagecraft:
I hadn’t watched SNL since high school, and I won’t watch it again anytime soon. But as has been said here before, Trump is worth paying attention to.