Mockery of Democracy
A few days ago, my six-year-old cousin from Vancouver called and told me that he wanted to tell me a joke about Donald Trump. His voice sounded very cute as he told me this amusing story:
Donald Trump, Obama and Hillary Clinton are flying in a plane. There is a pilot and an air hostess in the plane as well. The plane runs out of fuel and there are only three parachutes on the plane. First, Obama jumps off the plane wearing a parachute. Then Hillary. Then Trump. After they have all jumped, the air hostess comes to the pilot and says, “I’m going to jump off the plane with a parachute as well.” The pilot replies, “But there were only three parachutes on the plane and Obama, Hillary and Trump have already jumped off.” But the air hostess says, “No, there’s still a parachute left because Trump jumped off with my backpack.”
Canadians like us have made a lot of jokes like the one above. We’ve shared many memes, videos and other things that make fun of Trump and American politics, but so have other countries. The U.S. and Canada have had an underlying tension where they both think that they are better than the other. The jokes and mockery have always been there, and in a situation like the results of the recent U.S. election, Canada will not let an amazing opportunity go by to make fun of the U.S. president’s ideologies.
A month ago, a clip of Donald Trump talking about putting “America First” gained much attention. It started with the Netherlands, where an “official” welcome video was released on YouTube asking Trump to put “Netherlands Second.” Since then, people from a number of countries from around the world have posted their “Second” videos on YouTube.
The video from the Netherlands introduces the country to Trump in his own voice and style. It begins with, “Dear Mr. President. Welcome to this video about the Netherlands. It’s going to be a great video. It’s going to be absolutely fantastic.” In the video, Trump is introduced to the country’s “ponypark Slaghharen, which has got to be the best ponypark in the world. It’s true. They’re the best ponies. [...] You can ride them, you can date them, you can grab ’em by the pony, it’s fantastic.” Other countries followed suit in posting their “Second” videos, like Switzerland, India and Germany.
The Swiss version of the video mocks Trump’s racist rhetoric and actions when it says, “We have the best flag. It’s a huge plus. You might know it. You friends got their flag from us,” referring to the Klu Klux Klan’s (KKK) flag.
India’s hilarious “India Second” video mocks Trump by introducing him to the Taj Mahal’s dome. “We have other big round things too. One of them is on top of the Taj Mahal. [...] What a dome, what a beautiful, large, shapely, perky dome. It’s so yuge, makes you want to grab it with your small hands, doesn’t it?” It goes on to say, “We know you love grabbing women by the ‘meow’. We have an ancient manual, the Kama Sutra, which lists more than 245 ways to grab someone by their ‘meow.’” Germany’s version of the video ridicules Trump’s right-wing mindset when they introduce him to the Freikörperkultur (FKK), a German free body culture movement, and compare him to Adolf Hitler. “America has the KKK. Germany has the FKK. Pussies everywhere, so good. It’s like being backstage at a Miss Universe Pageant.”
Showing Hitler, the video says, “Germany has a great history. We actually, it’s true, have the best politicians in the world. Great politicians, great leaders, so smart, great hair, great suit. Look at his suit. He made Germany great again! Germany hosted two world wars in the last 100 years. They were the best world wars in the world. And we won both of them.... Anyone who says anything else is fake news.”
The countries that have released their version of the “Second” video are not limited to the ones I’ve mentioned above. Countries like Mexico, Iran, France and China have also ridiculed Trump in their own ways.
They have all mocked Trump and his ideologies. They have all publicly made fun of him and continuously hinted at the shame of his presidency. They may not have affected Trump directly or made any changes in American politics, but they have had a huge impact on people by making them more aware about the problems that Trump’s ideologies are pushing forth.comments powered by Disqus