If you’re a person with a shred of empathy in your heart, then you probably think that the Trump/Bannon regime has been bad for America in every single way. Well, you’d be almost exactly right. Things are generally feeling about as optimistic as a Zach Snyder movie right about now, but there is one way that this administration has improved the situation they inherited: Saturday Night Live is undeniably great right now.
Now, is that one silver lining worth all the terrible, awful things that Donald Trump and bloated ’70s payola DJ Steve Bannon are doing? I think everyone in the world would probably say that it isn’t, with the possible exception of Lorne Michaels, who would probably try to change the subject by telling you a story about the time he got lost with Paul Simon and Paul McCartney in Amsterdam. With Melissa McCarthy’s turn as Trump press secretary Sean Spicer, the show has found what may be its biggest breakout character since Stefon, and I have a theory that Sean Spicer loves it so much.
Look, McCarthy’s take on Spicer is wildly insulting. It paints him as an angry, dumb, bully, who has no backbone or ability to stand up to his boss. This is to say, it paints him pretty accurately. But rather than try to dial back his crazy following the debut of SNL‘s version of him, Spicer has continued to make ridiculous statements and mistakes.
Take for instance Spicer’s comment on the nightclub shooting in Orlando. It was the biggest story in the news for a month. Spicer referred to it as the shooting in Atlanta multiple times. Could it be possible that Spicer simplymisspoke? I suppose, but like his colleague’s “Bowling Green Massacre” situation, that’s a weird thing to “misspeak” multiple times. Is it possible he truly didn’t know where that shooting took place? Again, I have to say I doubt it. That was a huge story, and Sean has worked with the political media for years. There’s no way he missed it. So then, why? My theory: because there’s part of him that loves that he’s the new Matt Foley. A part of him that loves that he’s the new Church Lady. That loves that, especially when you consider the prestige of a movie star playing him, he’s both the new Wayne and Garth.
Is this a far-fetched theory? Maybe. But on the other hand this happened yesterday:
Yeah, this guy is just angling for screen time like he’s a featured player who wants to do a bit from his stand-up set at Weekend Update.