Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Seth Meyers, 'SNL,' and 'Tooning out the News' take closer looks at Matt Gaetz

I can't resist blogging at the current shiny object, the scandal surrounding Matt Gaetz. I begin with Late Night with Seth Meyers MAGA Congressman Matt Gaetz Snubbed by Trump Amid Growing Scandals: A Closer Look.

Seth takes a closer look at the House Ethics Committee opening an investigation into Congressman Matt Gaetz, who was reportedly snubbed by his political idol Donald Trump.
What a train wreck! No wonder people are gawking at it. In addition to all of Gaetz's scandalous and allegedly illegal behavior, there are the people enabling it, such as Joel Greenberg, who is like the Tiger King was elected tax collector. I had heard of him, but I hadn't heard of Dr. Jason Pirozzolo before watching this clip. Wow, Florida, man.
Well, this is Florida, which is known for the crazy news it produces. As an expatriate Californian, I'm perversely glad that it ha[s] the insane reputation that it does; it makes California, especially southern California, look good.
I wrote that nine years ago, but it continues to be true.

Lots of other comedians have been mocking Gaetz, but none more recently than Meyers, so he covered most of the scandal. The one part Meyers didn't make a joke about, even though his sketch included a clip mentioning it, was using Venmo to pay Greenberg, who then passed it on to three young women. Now I can say that Venmo is a 21st Century crime scene. "Saturday Night Live" made that the opening topic of Weekend Update: Matt Gaetz Venmo Sex Scandal.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like President Joe Biden’s new executive actions on gun control.
"If true, it would make him the only Congressman actually helping with student loans." Zing! Too bad "SNL" didn't include that line in the video description.

Stephen Colbert was all over the scandal last week, but didn't feature it in last night's monologue. Instead, last night's show featured Matt Gaetz scandal attracts Dumb X-Files from "Tooning out the News."

Congressman Matt Gaetz's defense against sex trafficking allegations draws attention from two very dumb X-Files investigators.
The real Scully and Mulder would suspect aliens. Just the same, there is enough weird about Gaetz that people don't have to make stuff up about him. For starters, he grew up in Jim Carrey's character's house from "The Truman Show." That made an impression on him.
“I grew up in the house Jim Carrey lived in in The Truman Show,” wrote Gaetz. “I know that all the world’s a stage, especially when we all have cameras with phones.”
I guess that's why he can't stop performing, even when it would be better for him to shut up.

I'm sure I'll have more to write about GaetzGate. In the meantime, stay tuned for retrospectives on Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday. Tomorrow's should be the last one about the 2020 election and its aftermath.

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