Friday, June 16, 2017
Donald as Jabba the Hutt?
In the script writing department…
Alec: Donald reminds me of Jabba the Hutt.
Trevor: Who? Donald Duck?
Alec: No, you know which Donald I mean.
Trevor: Because he’s physically slug-like, or his lack of moral compass? And all the other stuff.
Alec: There are similarities, I grant you, but are we going to stoop to his level of carricaturing opponents?
Trevor: Well his political strategy is to keep on throwing horse manure at opponents and hope some of it sticks.
Alec: It’s not strong enough for a dedicated article. Keep up the policy attacks and the legal angles.
Trevor: Well, we still need the metaphors of psychological deviance, general ignorance and language impediment metaphors running as subtext.
There are several approaches to challenging an incompetent leader. Mounting logical arguments against unsound policies should be paramount of course. But in these times this is not sufficient to combat a chronically untruthful and incoherent individual and his retainers. Media-generated metaphors harnessed to satire and humor are powerful, as Trevor Noah, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Colbert and Melissa McCarthy regularly show us. Keep it up!