October 2nd, 2020 – The President and First Lady of the United States tested positive for COVID-19 last night. While their results weren’t publicly released for several hours, the jokes, speculation, and conspiracy theories emerged within seconds.
As pundits laid out the political stakes, Judd Apatow framed our cultural perspective. The comedian tweeted a FOO-centric thought saying:
“Tonight will reveal where we all think the line is comedically.”
Tonight will reveal where we all think the line is comedically.
There were those who quickly flew past the line, feeling little to no sympathy for a man who once called the virus a hoax, intentionally downplayed its severity, and just days prior mocked Joe Biden for consistently wearing a mask. Others edged up next to it with clever quips that actually took aim at perceived personal flaws of the president. And, finally, some people acknowledged that while they didn’t wish the First Family any harm, it’s hard not to see the funny, karmic energy in this moment.
From Hope Hicks (whose positive diagnosis was announced before Trump) and RBG to Melania and her “I Really Don’t Care” jacket, there were plenty of angles to drive home some hits.
He is in several high-risk groups — elderly, obese, low-income.
Come the bloody hell on with this “don’t laugh” stuff. This is a person who mocked Hillary Clinton for having pneumonia, who mocked Biden for wearing a mask, who mocked any state with tough lockdown rules – and now he gets the virus? Yeah, I think sane people are allowed a laugh.