Comedy Central has some explaining to do.
It was announced Monday, that the cable channel will begin airing a new show, set in a talk show format, “The President Show” will feature a Donald Trump impersonator, Anthony Atamanuik along with his sidekick, a Mike Pence look alike.
“Laughing at the President is a proud American tradition and we hope not to disappoint anyone in that department,” Atamanuik said in a statement. “But our political system is too broken for us to be content joking about one man, even though he is a disastrous silly little toddler boy. Mostly I’d just like to thank Comedy Central for giving us this platform to speak truth to power and if we’re lucky, end up in prison!”
This isn’t the first time Comedy Central has done a show mocking the President, in 2001 they aired a short lived series called “That’s My Bush” a fictionalized tale of the George W Bush administration.
Then there is a noticible hiatus during Barack Obama’s eight years as President.
I mean, it’s not like the guy didn’t have enough verbal ticks to pull together an impersonation, and we know he enjoyed the spotlight, even if it meant sitting down with a chick who sat in her own cereal milk in a bathtub. That one interview alone could have produced comedy gold for the network. So what gives?
If imitation is the highest form of flattery are we to assume the creative minds at Comedy Central, just didn’t think highly enough of Obama to create a show around him?
I think I know why… and it’s a word that starts with an “R”. That’s right… Racism has once again reared it’s ugly head.
Let’s look at the facts, Bush was white, they made a show mocking him, Trump is white, now less than 100 days into his administration he’s getting his own show, but poor Obama didn’t get so much as pilot in his two term tenure. It has to be because he’s black, right? What other possible reason could the network have for ignoring President Obama?
Who among us will take a stand against this social injustice? It’s time that Comedy Central answer for their iniquities against our first black president.
Perhaps we should start a petition or something.
The show created by Anthony Atamanuik, will air on Thursday nights starting on April 27 and will follow The Daily Show.