Comedy and Politics

Today’s discussion is less about a meme and more about a phenomenon. Recently, humor and politics have become hopelessly intertwined, through memes, late night TV, and the politicians themselves. This post is about that intertwining, specifically narrowing in on late night host Jimmy Kimmel’s segment on the vehicular homicide in Charlottesville, Virginia during a protest supporting white supremacy.

“And I Can See Russia from my House!”

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican nominee John McCain chose Alaskan governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. In the same year, the TV show Saturday Night Live chose comedian Tina Fey to represent Sarah Palin in spoofs and parodies. Hilarity ensued. One of the more memorable quotes from the 2008 election was Sarah Palin’s enthusiastic line, “I can see Russia from my house!” That, however, was actually Tina Fey’s line. Sarah Palin never said that.