Make “Late Night” Great Again


By: Sabrina Garone

Co-News Editor

In a recent episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel began his opening monologue stating “we had so much fun stuff planned for you tonight…bachelor in paradise, kids heading back to school, a horrible new pair of Ugg boots that just came out…I even thought, ‘hey, maybe we won’t talk about Trump much tonight.’ But then he opened his mouth and all manner of stupid came out.”

Kimmel went on to analyze a Trump press conference for the next 15 minutes. Do we have to keep talking about Trump? Why can’t we talk about the “fun stuff?”

It has been almost one year since the 2016 presidential election, and ever since I feel like I have been suffering from extreme political exhaustion. Since President Trump has taken office, the United States has been in a heated political divide, allowing politics to make their way into everything fun. Is there any escape from political commentary?

As a journalism major and co-news editor here at the Spectrum, I am constantly consuming news and politics throughout the day. It’s the last thing I want to be reminded of when I want to relax and watch TV.

It’s impossible to turn on the TV without being reminded of politics in some way. I’ve noticed this is especially true when it comes to late night television.

In a recent interview with NBC News, Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show,” was asked why he has not made many references to politics on his show.

“It’s just not what I do. I think it would be weird for me to start doing it now,” he said. “I really don’t even care that much about politics, I’ve got to be honest.”

I have to say, I find this statement to be incredibly refreshing. While other late night talk show hosts have used their platforms to push political agendas, Fallon has strived to remain true to what late night television is supposed to be all about: comedy and entertainment.

Going on political diatribes and making anti-Trump jokes is very trendy right now, and great for ratings. While some people may enjoy that, I can’t help but be turned off by it. I don’t like being lectured to about the latest events in Washington when I just want to be entertained and have a few laughs.

It’s not the political opinions themselves that bother me. It’s the entitled and elitist attitudes of the hosts that feel the need to share them. The fact that they are not afraid to offend half of their audience is troubling to me.

Inspired by Eminem’s anti-Trump freestyle rap at the BET Awards, Seth Meyers actually flipped off Trump supporters on his show, telling them to “go away.”

I’m not saying hosts shouldn’t make jokes about the president. I can appreciate a good jab at Trump as much as the next person. It’s when it becomes “preachy” that I get turned off.

Entertainment should be the place where we can come together and forget about reality for a while.

For as much as the media talks about the political divide in this country, isn’t this only contributing to it?


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