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Edward Snowden Thought NPH’s ‘For Some Treason’ Oscars Joke Was Funny


After Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour won the Best Documentary prize at last night’s Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris drew some groans with this joke: “The subject of Citizenfour could not be here tonight for some treason.”

Asked to respond to the joke in a Reddit AMA Monday morning, Snowden wrote:

“To be honest, I laughed at NPH. I don’t think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that’s not so bad. My perspective is if you’re not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don’t care enough.”

With his answer, Snowden proved he has a better sense of humor about himself than Glenn Greenwald does.

At last night’s Governors Ball following the Oscars, he told BuzzFeed News:

“I’m just gonna go ahead and treat it as a joke. I thought it was pretty pitiful, given Hollywood’s fondness for congratulating itself for doing things like standing up for McCarthyism and blacklists. So to just casually spew that sort of accusation against someone who’s not even charged with it, let alone convicted of it, I think is, you know, stupid and irresponsible.

But I’m trying not to make too much out of it. Although I’m not succeeding.”

Watch below, via ABC:

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