HLN anchor seemingly unaware Twitter comedian @fart is trolling her in conversation about Edward Snowden

She was either really professional or really oblivious as Jon Hendren discussed "Edward Scissorhands" at length


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 30, 2015 11:51PM (UTC)

On Wednesday, HLN invited Twitter comedian Jon Hendren -- whose social media handle, @fart, should have given away the game -- to discuss the sudden appearance of Edward Snowden on Twitter yesterday.

HLN anchor Yasmin Vossoughian asked whether Hendren agreed with GOP presidential candidate George Pataki, who wrote that "Twitter is a great company that should not give a platform to terrorists of traiters," to which Hendren replied that Snowden is "a hero doing what any one of us should have done in that situation."

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"Some people don't think he's a hero," Vossoughian said.

"Well, they're wrong," Hendren replied. "He's doing the most patriotic possible thing."

Vossoughian then played a clip of John Oliver's interview with Snowden, in which he questioned whether some of the information revealed in Snowden's leaks didn't directly put American lives or operations in harm's way.

"Could he have hurt someone?" Vossoughian asked.

"Well, you know to say he couldn’t harm someone," Hendren replied, seemingly on topic. "Absolutely he could. But I think to cast him out, to make him invalid in society, simply because he has scissors for hands -- I mean that’s strange. People didn’t get scared until he started sculpting shrubs into dinosaur shapes and what-not."

Vossoughian was either unfazed or oblivious, as she then asked Hendren about whether Snowden deserved to live in exile in Russia.

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"Casting him out is just completely wrong,” he replied. “We’re treating him like an animal, like someone who should be quarantined and put away. Just because he was created on top of a mountain by Vincent Price, incomplete with scissors for hand and no heart. Edward Scissorhands is a complete hero to me."

"I mean, where else is he going to go? You know?” Hendren asked. “We cast him out. We got scared when he poked a hole in a waterbed with his scissor fingers, and that was unreasonable of us."

Watch the entire exchange below YouTube.

Is Edward Snowden's Treaty to Stop Mass Surveillance Doomed?


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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