If you’re listening to Alec Baldwin’s podcast, that probably says something not super complimentary about your life. If you tuned in to hear Baldwin chat up Bernie Sanders, consider going 20x on your anxiety scrips and say goodbye to your pet cats.
Baldwin shared with Sanders his concern that his popular Trump impressions on SNL might be making light of Trump, to the disservice of combatting the real evil at hand.
“In terms of Trump, do you think we’re making him kind of little too cuddly and little too funny, and we’re taking people’s mind off something really more serious?”
Baldwin seemed super concerned. Though not so concerned that he didn’t re-up his SNL contract to provide them with the Trump fodder that literally brought the show out of ratings obscurity. It’s one thing to stand on principle. Another thing to not be able to feed your many new babies by your much younger yoga instructor bride after you lost your last gig for homophobic and racist drunken rants in the street. Baldwin has the SNL gig and the podcast. I can assure you podcasts don’t pay well.
Sanders mentioned how it might be wise to focus on Trump’s actions and policy positions rather than his absurd diction or silly mannerisms. There’s something absolutely nobody who listens to an Alec Baldwin podcast would contemplate. Or even consider a valid course of action.
Ironically, Trump mania has made a fortune largely for the people who most viscerally hate the guy. Or not so ironic when you consider much of the fervor is intentionally flamed to generate the numbers. CNN doesn’t care about Russian involvement in U.S. elections. Record Nielsens for previously tanking cable news shows on the other hand are in everybody’s best career interest.
There’s nothing especially wrong with making a living mocking powerful people. Especially in the instance where you’re honest about how you make your living. It’s how I make mine. To conflate career opportunism and lowest hanging fruit comedy with political activism is another matter. Once you’re taking cash to perform impressions for an audience, you’re merely an entertainer. Give your speech about abortions and how many DACA kids you have trimming your swan topiaries and move along. You managed to make Bernie Sanders sound reasonable.