Noting that the year’s biggest craze was mistaken outrage, Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld offered the first annual 2019 Outrage Award — and yes, to spoil some of the suspense, disgraced actor Jussie Smollett was among the recipients.
In setting up the segment Saturday on “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” the show’s namesake explains, “People got worked up over some stories that at first sounded really bad, but then turned out not to be.”
“The second runner up, Jussie Smollett, who claimed two guys put a rope around his neck while yelling ‘this is MAGA country.’ In Chicago. In the middle of the night. In sub-zero temperature,” he added. “Yeah, that happened. For sure.”
The surprising thing here may be that there’ve been other incidents more egregious than that despicable display.
Such as the incident in Washington, DC, involving the group of Catholic high school students from Kentucky.
“First runner up,” Gutfeld then said, “media coverage over Nicholas Sandmann, a kid wearing a MAGA hat that social media accused of taunting a Native American man, until another tape surfaced that showed that wasn’t the case. Now, Sandmann is suing everybody for millions.”
Notice the MAGA theme thus far.
“Which leads us to the outrage of the year over a meme, a meme that Trump tweeted out,” Gutfeld said, as he cued the meme for viewers to watch.
The meme suggests the president is running for office endlessly –he’s seen standing behind a Trump campaign sign as the election year on display changes, culminating with “Trump 4EVA.”
Sadly, Gutfeld has to explain to the left that Trump can’t run forever because… well, he’s not going to live forever.
“So congratulations, everyone who took that seriously,” he said. “That is actually not possible. He can’t be president in the year 3000. That Trump was joking, but 99% of the media can’t tell that he’s joking — everything he says is literal. Everything he says is serious.”
The Fox News host goes on to point out the double standard at play, saying that when the media makes fun of Trump, they respond by saying they are joking.
Appropriately, the Outrage Award is a screaming chicken.
George Murdoch, aka Tyrus, chimed in to sarcastically note that Gutfeld “botched” the pronunciation of Smollett’s name, before offering a hilarious take to punch a big hole in the actors hate crime claim.
“As a black man who has been in Chicago, there’s nothing more dangerous for an act of racism in sub-zero freezing weather where I can guarantee you that you would see a Black Panther and a Klansman huddling for dear life saying, ‘Come summer it is on, hold me, it is cold tonight,'” he said.
Katherine Timpf, another regular contributor, said her favorite story was the Trump meme.
“I really loved the way that people criticized the meme that you shared about Trump saying he’s going to be the president for 88,000 years,” she said. “Almost everyone was like, ‘Oh, he’s such an idiot, he doesn’t even know about the 22nd amendment.”
“I’m like, even if that were true, I’m pretty sure he knows he’s not going to be alive in 88,000 years,” Timpf added.
She would go on to slam the media for not being able to take things in context, which prompted Gutfeld to say that it’s because their minds are clouded by hatred of Trump.
“I think they don’t have — they can’t see the sarcasm because they are clouded by so much emotion,” he said.
Comedian Tom Shillue would offer the last word.
“I think the real story isn’t that there were three fake stories,” he observed. “It’s the tip of the iceberg situation where so many stories that are still on record as being true are fake.”
“Most stories that go viral from social media are not real,” he added. “It is fake. The outrage is fake. Then they stack on fake facts on top of fake outrage, and that’s what you get.”
Gutfeld closed the segment by saying, “When Trump makes a joke, you see the media portraying it as fact. You are actually watching it happen. It is kind of mind-blowing.”
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