Wednesday, April 27, 2011

John Cleese Explains the Donald Trump Phenomenon...Back in 2008

The merging of Reality TV and popular politics has altered the American’s political landscape and comedians seem to be the only ones who are able to not only make sense of it, but also help break it down for the rest of us.

And so it takes another funnyman to help explain the Donald Trump phenomenon. However, he did so back in 2008…about another pop-cultural-political phenomenon, Sarah Palin, and the presidential election whose result, in turn, has given us Donald Trump.
John Cleese: Sarah Palin Is A Pretty Parrot...Americans Like Rich, But Not Smart People
John Cleese, who has called America home since the 90s, was interviewed for the blog of  Seesmic, the San Francisco-based social media apps company. The interview, now posted on YouTube, has many wry observations about what has become of the U.S of A., Sarah Palin, George W., among other topical subjects.
But the best part, about 2:40 into the interview, aptly explains the Donald Trump phenomenon. He said, “…the Americans are unenvious about money…they are very generous about rich people…but what they don’t like…is anyone more intelligent than them, more graceful than them and more sophisticated than them.”
I wish we didn’t have to turn to comedians, not that there is anything wrong with that, to help us make sense of the world that we are now stuck with.