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The 2016 election is depressing, but at least we get a Weird Al video out of it

Everything is terrible. Maybe Weird Al can save us


Jeremy Binckes
October 21, 2016 10:54PM (UTC)

Since an orange blob appeared on the American electoral landscape last year, our country has soured on the democratic process.

We have gone into a funk. Politics itself is under attack and it's no longer fun.

Our sex lives have been shattered. Any ability to have "healthy relationships" has been jeopardized. We're experiencing "election fatigue" and have become, quite frankly, "depressed" by all the "negativity."

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Jeez, we can't even enjoy comedy anymore, simply because anything that we'd normally find funny has turned out to be something that can't hold up to real life. And don't take it from me, take it from David Mandel, the executive producer of friggin' "Veep," who told the Los Angeles Times:

Most likely we'd all be fired if we wrote a 10th of what has happened thus far. In some ways, this year’s election has become some sort of insane single-camera comedy. It comes complete with guest roles, like Ken Bone. We could call the comedy 'Misery.'

This is an election cycle where, if you said to a comedy writer, "hey, let's have a candidate just stand there before a debate because he didn't know he was supposed to come out," they'd think it's a great idea. But too bad it already happened. Mandel, again:

I want to reach back to that Republican debate where Ben Carson got lost and kind of stood there and the other candidates kept coming out and were trying to help him. That's the kind of thing that is funny and good and resonates.

The moral of the story is that everything is getting worse, and we have no idea if we will ever be able to poke fun at anything again without knowing that there's something more terrible out there.

So here's Weird Al working with the Gregory Brothers on an Auto-tune the news song about the debate:


Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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