Regardless of who you are voting for I’m sure we can all cast a vote for comedy and how cynical yet hilarious comedians are during election time.
An on-going trend in entertainment for many years, satire and comedy have both played a key role in politics. The making fun of or criticizing of presidential candidates can at times be brash, but no matter how overly dramatic the skits are there’s truth to the actions of Trump-like Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon’s awkward Hilary Clinton.“But will comedy have any effect upon [an] election?” asked in 2012 by Don Walsanen, a Huffington Post contributor. The answer to this question is more obvious than ever now. Think about it, how many times have you watched an episode of Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, or The Colbert Report where they’ve criticized a presidential candidate and after watching your opinion of the candidate has been influenced? It’s the inevitable, regardless if you laughed at the skit or not.
Our interactions with people, media, and advertisement shapes our perspective and opinion, and now more than ever our opinions are manipulated by social media. No longer do you have to just watch shows like SNL, you can now watch a one-minute Instagram video by an Instagram comedian.
I believe that comedy and satire are great for politics. In a exaggerated way they both inform voters about politics, and it’s good for a laugh or two.
This opinion post is from Opinion & Persuasive Writing taught at the University of Texas at Arlington.