Some of those out there on the right should take note of what Lyndon Johnson once said about giving a speech on economics: “Did y’ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else”. Right now, a lot of right-wingers are pissing down their legs.
Nope, she's not funny ...
You’ve seen the cringe-inducing cluelessness of the Grant sisters, as they tell their followers “Hi I’m Bea … and hi, I’m Elice … and today we’re gaing to be telling you abite Sayshlism. Nigh Sayshlism is jolly ghastly” (except it goes on for a few minutes, as in a few minutes too long). This shows why right-wingers aren’t funny. But they think they are.
... and nor is he
So one might expect other right-wingers to get this fundamental point, and desist from making video content that is not funny. But that thought would have been misplaced, as two aspirant right-wingers who have been favoured by our broadcast media with airtime have concluded - wrongly - that this means the public out there wants to hear from them.
The two are Chloe Westley, formerly with the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance and now showing her free market credentials by sponging off the taxpayer, and Tom Harwood, replacement teaboy to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog. They have joined forces to create a broadcast from the fictional Elite TV.
The video begins with the false premise that broadcasters - that’s the same people who give airtime to Harwood and Ms Westley - “know best”. Teaboy Tom plays someone who is identified with the hashtag #FBPE, which means he is one of those hated and bitter Remoaners. They’re going to discuss his new book “Brexit: how the poor idiots got it wrong”. She asks him “Just how stupid are the general population?”
Yes, those pesky broadcasters have been taking the electorate for fools, but don’t mention the times they invited Chloe and Tom to do just that. It is not only not funny, it is badly scripted, badly acted, the false premises and projection are far too obvious, the two pundits are easily identifiable as Tories, and the result is a pile of steaming horseshit.
Which is why it was subjected to a less than rapturous reception. “Can you imagine how dead their group chats are? This is why nobody thinks right wingers are funny … This is just part one of a 5min skit, I couldn’t bring myself to link the rest. Torture” was one observation. Another Tweeter added “This is just harrowingly unfunny. A barely concealed tantrum, it's like one of those youth theatre groups that come into assemblies and do plays about the evil of drugs”. It was not just bad. It was seriously bad. And there was more.
“There are youths from families barely surviving on Universal Credit; with hand-me-down cracked screen smartphones who make vids infinitely better than this. Embarrassing” … “Was this part of their GCSE coursework?” …”If so, their school should be in special measures” … “This is just sad” … “'The right is starting to get better at...' ah Jesus, I can't even” … “As a comedian, I can confirm that this in no way passed for comedy”.
While yet more right-wingers piss down their legs, out there in the real world their efforts just show, once again, that they are not funny. I’ll just leave that one there.
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