We are the first to admit that in 2020 things have become so bizarre, odd, screwed up, and psychotic that sometimes real life exceeds parody. That does not mean it is not still funny when prominent accounts fall for a good fakeout.
And boy, did Michael Moore fall.
At issue is a video made by comedian Blaire Erskine, who made a satirical interview, playing a supposedly passionate Donald Trump supporter who was allegedly abandoned at a rally for the President in Nebraska. It is a pretty funny spot, as she plays both a vapid character and one who is inexplicably supportive.
Woman stranded at MAGA rally in Omaha says Trump wanted to teach them a lesson pic.twitter.com/SvqYw5MnOZ
— blaire erskine (@blaireerskine) October 28, 2020
We enjoyed the part about having to be bussed in to the event because their cars are too poor to appear on television.
Michael Moore however did not enjoy it – he saw it as an object lesson. After watching her say that she would walk ”750 miles in below-zero temperatures, nip-nude, just to hear him speak”, Moore felt he latched on to a fervency in the electorate that the Democrats were lacking.
”THAT’S how they win”, declared the political savant. He seemed like he was ready to give a Ted Talk on the issue, to any who needed to hear. Eventually somebody tipped him off to the ersatz nature of his evidence, and Mike took down the post — but not before we captured it for historical purposes.
There is only one way to make a piece of good satire funnier — by having a notable figure taking it seriously and sending it out to their fans in earnest.
We have been robbed of Moore’s sycophants responding in kind, but there are still a few who have been taken in for our amusement.
She is fully indoctrinated. She sounded like Trump. It was nasty to ask a logical question of her. If you didn't count the elderly freezing to death, there wouldn't be as many. Here comments were jaw-dropping.
— Justmesrr (@justmesrr) October 28, 2020
?I’m trying to figure out if her damaged brain ? is due to the freezing weather conditions. Or… was it already damaged?! ? I believe both plays a part in her ignorance. ? She’s like a person who’s date (tRump) did a dine & dash! Leaving her stuck paying the bill! She’s Ok!
— Trina Golder (@Nirobee) October 28, 2020
I mean it's LITERALLY the exact logic they use about god. I would bet my life savings she's also deeply religious. When things go wrong it's not an evil god or because he doesn't exist. He's just teaching us a lesson…don't ask what it is though!
— The Skyrim Socialist Club ? (@LiMing6859) October 29, 2020
She is INSANE blindly following her leader, He didn’t want them to drive their cars to the rally & park there bc their cars are poor & didn’t want them seen on tv. It is not just the cars most likely that are poor….. & this is definitely not the Polar Express. Is very SAD ??
— Mitzi E. Dailey (@Dailey212M) October 29, 2020
I'm sick and tired of people saying "it's nasty" for a reporter to ask a question. What the hell are doing standing there talking to them.
— Harold Pringle (@BigYella63) October 29, 2020
This is one of the underrated aspects of parody – provoking the intense response from self-serious minds out there.
Some who did grasp the fakery were still vying to say it was a true representation – the fake-but-true gene is still going strong.
The reason people are having trouble figuring out this is a parody is because this IS how crazy his base is.
— Laurie O'Brien (@greenpeeps5) October 28, 2020
??????????? yup I feel like u really interviewed a few to get such quality material. I do believe this is what they would say!! So sad #TrumpIsNotWell #TrumpCult everyone vote, vote, vote!!!! Drop off at a ballot box! Vote in person early. #VoteTrumpOut2020
— Bos (@bos_4u) October 29, 2020
I think that's why it's such great satire. It's believable because his supporters are so stupid
— at least the Bears are winning (@WelpDontizzle) October 29, 2020
Yes, no better way to prove something exists than to rely upon faked evidence.
Hey, even Trump defenders rose to the bait.
Nuts. Trump did not control the airport parking lot and bus logistics. I am sure that if he knew, he would have done something to help.
— Matthew Ford Kern (@MatthewFordKern) October 28, 2020
But it leads to us pondering just how many fell for thee gag.
The fact that SO MANY PEOPLE needed to be told this was satire — is honestly a large part of what's wrong with how things are going in the US.
— Steffan Piper ?? (@sebbyraines) October 29, 2020
We have to admit being torn; Part of us enjoys the dupes getting fooled, part of us weeps for the fact that things are so screwy this is harder to quantify.
We’ll choose to laugh, for the mean time.