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Satire Is Good, Except When It Hurts MY Feelings

On Monday, conservative blogger and comedian Allie Stuckey posted the following video. I want to warn anybody who has developed an emotional investment in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and feels deeply protective of her: You will not enjoy this.

Did you see what Stuckey did there? She took existing footage of a recent interview with Ocasio-Cortez, inserted clips of herself supposedly asking the questions, and used the results to poke mild fun at the latest Democrat darling. I’ll let you be the judge of how funny it is, but it’s obviously not meant to be taken for a real interview. Stuckey isn’t trying to mislead you into thinking it really happened. Whether you enjoy it or not, it’s self-evidently satirical.

This isn’t exactly a new technique. Comedians have been doing these sorts of fake interviews for decades. Here’s Weird Al Yankovic “interviewing” Eminem:

Here’s Zach Galifianakis “interviewing” celebrities at a movie premiere:

More recently, here’s Stephen Colbert “interviewing” Donald Trump:

I’m sure there are many, many other examples. It’s a time-honored comedy bit.

Again, you can decide for yourself how funny these fake interviews are, but clearly they’re not meant to be serious. Nobody’s trying to fool you into thinking the interview subjects actually gave those answers to those questions. It’s a joke. And a joke is a joke even if you don’t think it’s funny. (See: James Gunn)

But none of that counts because Ocasio-Cortez is the future of the Democratic Party, and that’s not funny, and how dare you spread fake news, etc. That’s been the reaction from our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters at places like Vox, the NYT, WaPo, and other news outlets that swoon every time a satirist COMPLETELY DESTROYS a Republican:

Ocasio-Cortez herself was furious, using the apparently now-standard line that anybody who mocks or criticizes her is just “scared”:

Stuckey is reacting to the ridiculous nontroversy the way every target of an outrage mob should react:

I don’t know what all these Dems are worried about. The Notorious AOC is a socialist running for Congress in New York’s 14th District. The November election is just a formality. She’s already been coronated.

You can relax, guys.

Here’s something that politicians don’t want you to think about: You don’t owe them anything. They have to earn your vote. You’re under no obligation whatsoever to defend them. If they screw up, it’s okay to admit it. If they get owned, you don’t have to take it personally. That’s true whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a socialist, a MAGA-head, or anybody else.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not your friend. No politician on Earth is worth getting this upset about. Wise up.

Or don’t! It’s irritating, but at least I keep getting blog posts out of it.