You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Back to IndieWire

Video: Late Night Comics, The Birth Certificate and He Who Must Not Be Named

Video: Late Night Comics, The Birth Certificate and He Who Must Not Be Named

He lives to see his name in print and splashed on buildings, so let’s not humor him by mentioning it (hint: silly hair, fake-running for president). Let’s just call him, after Voldemort, “He Who Must Not Be Named.”

I find it hard to believe that President Obama gave in to this p.r. stunt and actually released his long-form birth certificate yesterday, as if caving to bullies ever stopped them.

But while He Who Must Not Be Named is an active force for political evil, distracting us from legitimate candidates, the person I blame most is whoever had the idea to put his name on a poll of serious presidential candidates in the first place. (Why not Snooki or Meat Loaf? They might have gotten some numbers too.) His presidential ambitions are a joke, even if he does stunt-declare his candidacy. But once polls started reacting to him the media glommed on.

The only bright spot: late-night comics are calling out the media on their foolish complicity. So even though they mention his name (at least the president didn’t do that, referring only to “sideshows and carnival barkers”) take a look at the best of last night’s take-downs of He Who Must Not Be Named.

Here’s Jon Stewart. His sampling of the ludicrous “Breaking News” coverage is great, even though he glosses over the fact that the “news” was the release of the certificate not its contents:

And here’s Jimmy Kimmel, who has been calling the helicopter of the faux-candidate Hair Force One:

This Article is related to: Uncategorized and tagged