In a recent post I said that “satire collapsed with the rise of Trump.” Well, it turns out, satire is not dead, but some is better than others. For example, this puerile attempt at satire from infowars betrays the usual American point of view that “Russia” and “Putin” are monsters under the bed.
Monsterization reminds me of something I read in a book about the infamous anarchist Emma Goldman, back in 1973, when I had just been fired as “too experimental” from an experimental California College. So who else to gravitate to but “Red Emma?” At one point, as I recall, she was so reviled that there was no country on earth that would allow her entrance. She was stranded, literally, at sea! Parents, reportedly, who wanted to scare their children, would say, “Hurry up, get to bed, or Red Emma will get you!”
Is this really true? Or do I just remember it that way. In any case, I do recall being an object of scorn myself, on not one, but several occasions — and for extended periods of time. So I can relate to what Putin — or for that matter, Donald Trump! — must feel in today’s nasty, polarizing, pontificating, political climate.
Better satire, from Jay Dyer of jaysanalysis. Had me in stitches. Pokes fun at those doing the monsterizing.