The morning after the day after any major political event, you can be sure the entertainment section of any left-leaning publication is filled with half-assed articles recapping late night’s reaction. The articles all use the same verbiage for some reason, with “eviscerate” as the tried and true favorite.
“Stephen Colbert eviscerates Trump’s latest Tweets.”
“John Oliver destroys Trump on his taxes.”
“Seth Myers irreversibly cucks Trump into a one-sided divorce settlement.”
While the last one was a joke, these unoriginal headlines cycle around the Internet daily. But somehow after getting “eviscerated” nightly during the week and then one more time Sunday by John Oliver, Trump still managed to win the election. It’s no wonder middle America would rather watch the blander but apolitical Fallon and Leno.
These kind of sloppy headlines don’t always have to pertain to Trump. Last night Trevor Noah went off script from the Late Night echo chamber and actually tepidly criticized Meryl Streep’s speech on Trump that the rest of the liberal media was fawning over.
The articles covering the unexpected moment oddly used the same hyperbole applied to scolding of Trump. Many outlets used the words “slammed” to refer to his comments. Pretty strange considering Noah began the criticism by stating, “I understand what Meryl Streep was trying to do, and I don’t know if I could have done better, but here’s the thing I feel like we could all learn as people.” Hardly a “slamming.”
Noah called one small segment of the speech tone deaf. Streep dismissively said without foreigners in Hollywood, all Americans would have to do is watch football and MMA, which she clarifies are not art.
“You don’t have to make your point by shitting on someone else’s thing, because a lot of people love football and the arts,” Noah said.
Noah was making an out of character appeal to middle America, something lost to most late night hosts. He was politely challenging the elitism in Hollywood, while showing his respect for Streep.
But of course in the world of late night article recaps people either own or get owned, and Streep got owned apparently.