Shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which have become increasingly politicized in the Trump era, probably aren’t changing any minds, but they may be contributing to the polical divide in America.
That’s the premise of a piece published today by Sara Boboltz, entertainment editor for The Huffington Post.
Political humor in the late-night landscape is nothing new, Boboltz notes, but one thing that has changed is the response to it — including from Donald Trump.
“Whereas public figures might have ignored comedians in the past, or been good sports and gone along with the jabs, Trump has gone the opposite route, attacking comics over Twitter,” Boboltz writes. “His repeated comments have wedged a line: You are either with Trump, and against late-night, or with late-night, and against Trump. That can make Americans just a little bit curious to see what all the fuss is about, driving up ratings to shows.”
The article quotes Heather LaMarre, who studies politics in entertainment media at Temple University, saying: “The people who were already anti-Trump are going to become more anti-Trump, and the people who are pro-Trump are not going to walk away from him just because of something a political comedian said.”
LaMarre added: “Especially if they think of that comedian as a Hollywood elite.”
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