Media It Was a Joke, People
posted by February 26 at 10:37 AMon
Welcome to the stupidest Slog post I’ve ever had to write.
During last night’s Oscar ceremony, Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio appeared together onstage to announce something or other. At the start of their spiel, Leo asked Gore if there might be some sort of “huge announcement” he’d like to make in front of the millions of people watching internationally. Leo revisited this point at the end of their time onstage, once again inviting Gore to make any sort of announcement he might feel like making. This time, Gore took the bait, intoning, “My fellow Americans, I’d like to take this time to announce….” Right on cue, the orchestra swelled, cutting off Gore’s “announcement” and bringing what was obviously a meticulously scripted joke to a close.
Until this morning, when the geniuses of the Associated Foreign Press reported the whole joke scenario as politically relevant news: “Gore pulled off Oscars stage before presidential ‘announcement’”.
I look forward to the AFP’s forthcoming expose on Abbott and Costello’s inability to agree about who’s on first.
Update: As Slog commenter MoTown pointed out, I incorrectly identified the AFP as the Associated Foreign Press, when it really stands for Agence France-Presse. This partially explains things, as the French have a notoriously sketchy grasp of comedy. (See the country’s century-spanning worship of Jerry Lewis.)