John Mulaney is undeniably one of the funniest comedians working today. His feature film comparing Donald Trump to a “horse running free in a hospital” from his excellent 2018 special Gorgeous kid in Radio City is arguably one of the best jokes ever told about the 45th President of the United States.
But in an otherwise solid monologue in the final Saturday Night Live episode before the 2020 election, the host made a big failure when talking about the race between Trump and Joe Biden.
After a handful of jokes about the coronavirus and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mulaney told viewers, “Oh, yeah, I’m supposed to make an announcement. On November 3, there is a contest for older men.
“So there are two old men and you’re supposed to pick your favorite from the old men,” he continued. “You can put it in the mail or you can write the old man you like and we’ll add them all up.” Then we could have the same old man or we could have a new old man.
“But rest assured, whatever happens, nothing will change much in the United States,” he said, inexplicably. “The rich will continue to prosper while the poor languish. Families will be devastated by mental illness and addiction. Jane Lynch will continue to book many projects. “
These three examples may be true overall, but for Mulaney to tell the millions of people watching SNL three days before the election, that there is essentially no difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden can only be described as deeply irresponsible.
Later in her monologue, Mulaney urged viewers to vote, saying, “You have to vote. Vote as many times as you can, fill in every circle, every point they have, fill them in, “which could again be considered a” two-sided “position on the election.
From there, he revealed that his 94-year-old ‘Nana’ was going to vote, which he said was not a good idea. “You don’t vote at 94!” he said. “You don’t order the table when you are about to leave the restaurant!”
“I’m sorry, this joke is ageist, it’s wrong. It is wrong to say that one age group is better than another, ”added Mulaney. “It would be like calling you the best generation. “Oh, we fought the Nazis! Well, we’re trying to fight the new Nazis if you step aside and stop voting for the people you’ve seen between coin collector ads.
So yes, he redeemed himself somewhat by at least suggesting that Donald Trump is a “new Nazi”. And yes, these are just jokes that don’t necessarily reflect the comedian’s real feelings about the election.
But is it really the time to tell people that it doesn’t matter which “old man” they vote for on Tuesday?
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