There’s comedy, there is going too far — and then there is doing what U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) did on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week.
Harris attempted to make a joke to the daytime television host — but what she ended up saying was no laughing matter.
DeGeneres asked the senator, “If you had to be stuck in an elevator with either President Trump, [Vice President] Mike Pence, or [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions, who would it be?”
Harris could have picked a name, moved on, and everyone likely would have forgotten about it — or, as an elected representative of the people of the state of California, she could have dodged the question altogether.
Instead, she responded with, “Does one of us have to come out alive?” Harris then laughed hysterically at her own joke and lost her composure.
Sure, she was talking to a comedian and a daytime TV host. But apparently this senator’s idea of a joke is doing away with the democratically elected president of the United States or someone from his administration.
DeGeneres also laughed at the joke — and Harris’ response resulted in applause from the audience.
Had the situation been reversed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” however, it likely would have elicited a different public response from the media. Imagine if Donald Trump had ever said such a thing about Harris (or any Democrat) if she were president. That would have become a left-wing media talking point for months on end.
It’s clear the “comedy” scene in 2018 in America is slanted to a shameful degree. The mainstream media do not take attacks against the president and his administration seriously.
In the world view of anti-Trump liberals, it is perfectly acceptable for comedy shows to attack White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her figure — yet The Wrap was one of many publications that went after Trump supporters in February of 2017 for “fat shaming” liberal actress Lena Dunham. It’s little surprise the publication had no such article about leftists’ doing the same to Sanders.
The late-night comedians who rarely critiqued Barack Obama during his eight years in the White House are also the ones who attack President Donald Trump on a nightly basis.
When political leanings severely impact a person’s level of decency, there is a serious problem in the culture.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.