He thought he could do to Donald Trump what Tina Fey did to Sarah Palin, and mock Trump out of existence.
Instead, The Donald is now President Trump -- and Alec Baldwin is headed for the exit.
Mission Unaccomplished for Alec Baldwin.
The Daily Mail reported Alec Baldwin likely will no longer imitate President Trump on "Saturday Night Live."
Once again, starting a feud with Donald Trump is a low percentage move. Ask Rosie O'Donnell. Ask Mark Cuban. Ask whatshername, First Lady Clinton.
I will explain why Alec Baldwin failed, but first let us recall the timeline.
Last fall, Alec Baldwin was on top of the world, ma, as he drew more raves than a Friday night in Los Angeles.
Why Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Impression Rankles Trump More Than Other SNL Impersonations of HimFrom New Yorker:
Alec Baldwin Is a Perfect Donald TrumpFrom Huffington Post:
Alec Baldwin Kills It With Hilarious Donald Trump Impression On ‘SNL’And so on, and so forth. CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post did stories every week praising Baldwin's impersonation.
This was Fake News.
And like all the Fake News the Marxist Media piled on The Donald last year, it did not work.
To explain, we start with their premise that the show is cutting edge satire.
Despite a long history of political satire, Saturday Night Live hasn’t had a very strong election cycle over the past year, largely because of its failure to capture Donald Trump. Last season, the show treated the GOP presidential candidate with much the same detached bemusement as the Republican establishment: As played by Darrell Hammond, he was a cartoon bully — an arch, if crude, provocateur who couldn’t possibly ascend to the presidency.
But this version of Trump bore little resemblance to the so-called demagogue at a forefront of an unprecedented political movement. So, over the summer, the show made a major change — and this weekend, Hammond’s self-satisfied smirk was replaced with the gargoyle scowl of Alec Baldwin.
It turned out that Baldwin, who appeared in the show’s cold open satirizing the first presidential debate, was just the jolt the SNL needed (and it translated to big ratings).
The show is defined by its coverage of election years, from Phil Hartman’s chummy, hungry Bill Clinton in 1992 to Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush saying “strategery” in 2000 to, of course, Sarah Palin seeing Russia from her house. While the show’s previous iteration of Trump was slammed for being chummy and toothless, Baldwin’s new take felt loaded with venom.The reality is SNL is Establishment Comedy just as Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, and Red Skelton were back in 1968.
Bob Hope had been at NBC for 34 years by then.
This is the 42nd season of SNL.
Jack Benny, Phyllis Diller, and Bob Hope doing a skit dressed up as hippies had about as much impact on young people as, well, Alec Baldwin dressed up like Trump.
The ratings were high? So were Hope's.
From the Daily Mail:
Alec Baldwin has suggested Donald Trump is 'satire resistant' as he confirmed he may retire his impersonation of the president in a few weeks.
The 58-year-old Hollywood star said he was unsure if he would continue playing Mr Trump on Saturday Night Live after the series finale on May 20.
Baldwin's portrayal of the president has helped the US sketch show to its highest ratings in years, while Mr Trump has branded the impression 'mean spirited'.
Baldwin said he is considering quitting the role because he believed people would no longer be 'in the mood to laugh' about Mr Trump in the coming months.The money quote:
Asked how much longer he intended to play the US president, Baldwin told the British Press Association: "Not much longer."
"If everything stays the same in this country as it is now, I don't think people will be in the mood to laugh about it come September. We'll be around the corner to the one-year anniversary of the election this fall. I think people will be in a completely different frame of mind. We'll see if this is actually the first satire-resistant president."Thanks for the memory.
To be satirical, one has to challenging the Establishment, not selling its point of view. What SNL pushes is sarcasm and politicized ridicule, not comedy.
Maybe Alec Baldwin realizes that now.
Likely not. He does not seem all that bright.
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