So, apparently, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is an “elitist creep” for having the audacity to mention politics while delivering an emotional monologue relating to the life-threatening situation his infant son encountered.
Yep. In a column for the Washington Times, Charles Hurt went to town on Kimmel. Besides the “elitist creep” label he bestowed on the comedian, Hurt wrote that Kimmel gave a “slobbering wet kiss to federal bureaucracy” by admonishing President Donald Trump for wanting to cut funding for the National Institute of Health.
And, in a painful race to the bottom of the Internet trash heap, Hurt compared Kimmel’s newborn son to an awards statuette, and said Kimmel was just using him as an excuse to talk about his “grubby, dirty politics.”
It was suddenly as if instead of bringing forth into life an exquisite bundle of joy, Mr. Kimmel had been handed a stupid golden statue. And as if at the Oscars, the dirty, self-absorbed, narcissistic exhibitionist could not help himself but step into the klieg lights and start blubbering about politics.
Unfortunately, Hurt continued.
Even though it was apparent to all — well, almost all — who watched Kimmel’s Monday night remarks that he was genuinely speaking from the heart and overcome by his emotions, the Washington Times columnist felt it was up to him to lecture Kimmel about his role as a father.
I mean, really, Jimmy, does your newborn child not mean more to you than petty politics? How do you look at the miracle of your child and think — partisan politics!
Actually Jim, if you were a “decent person,” you would shut your fat trap about partisan politics and go care for your kid, who just nearly died, you elitist creep.
Even in our current environment of hot take political punditry, this is beyond the pale.
While part of this appears to be a naked attempt to gin up hate clicks, another underlying — and highly irritating — issue at play is the tendency among professional talking heads to constantly complain whenever those outside political media discuss politics.
For people like Hurt, all it takes is the use of some well-placed buzzwords — elitist, out-of-touch, snobbish — to position yourself as the voice of mainstream America, and completely discount anything from the celeb du jour.
When all you know how to do is fourth-rate clickbait pundit hackery, then that’s what you are going to deliver.
At the beginning of Hurt’s column, he wrote, “This is why America hates Hollywood.”
No, Charles, your column is why America hates the political media. Good job.
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