|(An example from my cousin, Areola.)|
synonyms: mockery, ridicule, derision, scorn, caricature, irony, sarcasm
Archie Bunker, the grumpy, bigoted lead character of the classic television show All in the Family, is one of the all-time best examples of satirical comedy. Archie was a conservative, misogynistic, homophobic, racist who said the things no one should ever say out loud. What made the series work is that the majority of Americans realized the joke, knew it was an exaggeration, and was able to laugh at Archie, not with him. Of course, most of the plot lines worked out so that Archie’s tirades were proven wrong. It was a sitcom after all.
Unfortunately, there was a small segment of the population who didn’t get the joke. They actually agreed with the things Archie Bunker said, and thought they were finally being given a voice in mainstream media. However wrong these people were, though, they remained silent and happily watched All in the Family with the rest of us. They didn’t try to make Archie into a cult hero or anything larger than a fictional television character.
The rise of Donald Trump in American politics is Archie Bunker 2.0—this time he’s serious. WhenTrump first began his campaign, I laughed at it. I thought of the things he said and did as satire. I thought everyone was in on the joke. I had no idea people were taking him seriously. Had I posted anything on Facebook about it, I would have been one of the people who totally misinterpreted the accompanying article, except instead of thinking it was real, I would have been convinced it was a joke.
In fact, the two characters—one a fictitious satirical grump, and the other an apparent real candidate for President—are very similar. So much so, I decided to develop the following quiz. Go and take it and see if you can tell a difference in the two.
WHO SAID IT, TRUMP OR ARCHIE?
1. "It’s not supposed to make sense, it’s faith. Faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe.”
2. “[We have ] the highest standard of living. The grossest national product.”
3. “Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad.”
4. “That's how you got your Chinatown, your Harlems, your Little Italy...all those grettos.”
5. “I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”
6. “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
7. “The most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists.”
8. "I was talking about the Bible which has nothing to do with the Jews."
9. “Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers.”
10. Question: Did you know that 65% of the people murdered in the last 10 years were killed by handguns?
Answer: "Would it make you feel any better…, if they were pushed out windows?"
How did you do?
8-10 Correct: You are a master of separating fact from fiction! Nothing can slip by you, not even the nuances of two grumpy New Yorkers.
3-7 Correct: This category is for the majority of Americans. Most of the time, you can sniff out a b.s.-er when he is b.s.-ing, but you occasionally get tripped up by the better shysters.
1-2 Correct: Unfortunately, you fall in the Keith Stewart category. You fall for anything, and you most likely will post an article on Facebook that means absolutely the opposite of what you think.