I am a very impressionable person. As busy as I am, I simply do not have time to make my own decisions about things. That is why I rely on the others to make sure I have a well-informed position to staunchly believe in.
Occasionally, though, this turns into a real problem. Take today, for instance. As usual, I sat down at the computer to peruse the news of today. By that, I of course mean glancing at Wikipedia to figure out exactly who played Colonel Klink in “Hogan’s Heroes” followed by the obligatory 30 minutes of research into the life of Werner Klemperer.
With the important stuff out-of-the-way, I was able to focus on the things I need to know about the world. I bypassed the news about disappearing planes as that seems too depressing. Of course, I needed something far more intellectual than “Chelsea Handler: I’m not racist.” Finally, in the middle, I found the perfect current event to focus my attention on.
For those unfamiliar with “Between Two Ferns,” it is a webseries featuring Zach Galifianakis. In this series, he interviews various celebrities. These interviews are always very uncomfortable, a type of humor which just happens to be my favorite type of humor. Like I always say, if you aren’t cringing, it isn’t funny.
This story revolved around our Commander-in-Chief, one Barack Obama. As a part of his initiative to urge my generation to get healthcare from Healthcare.gov, he appeared on “Between Two Ferns.” On this webseries, there was poking fun at the website’s inability to work, Zach Galifianakis’ career, and the long-standing endless debate over his place of birth.
The goal all along was to “find ways to break through,” according to Dan Pfeiffer, Obama’s senior adviser. It did just that! While I would not normally watch a commercial for the government’s healthcare initiative, I will if an awkward Greek comedian is involved. It was hilarious and a great plan by the administration.
Or so I thought.
The next article was titled “Republican’s Criticize Obama’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ Interview.” Apparently, this is a distraction from Benghazi. Our president should “be focusing on the current state of affairs across the globe” according to Texas’ Randy Weber. Obama is just playing celebrity and Zach Galifianakis is a sellout. After reading this, I realized that they were right. It was very undignified and not at all funny in any way. I have no idea how I did not see that to begin with.
Just to make sure I had all of the facts that I was supposed to believe straight, I went and read the first article again. It did make a strong case that it was funny and not a waste of the President’s time. Going back to the second article, I was pretty sure it was not funny in any way and WAS a huge waste of time.
This went back and forth for the next 45 minutes.
Now I have no idea what I am supposed to believe. Was the president funny or not? Should I buy healthcare, or would my time be better spent “focusing on the current state of affairs across the globe?” Was the appearance of our president with a bearded comedian undignified and was that because of the series or is this an example of a weird beard-bias from the right-wing media?
I guess I could just ignore what everyone else is saying and come up with my own opinion… OR I could go back to Wikipedia and find out exactly what play earned Werner Klemperer a Tony Award nomination…
I’ll go with number two. It is much less confusing.
(Fun Fact: Werner Klemperer was nominated for the Best Featured Actor Tony in 1987 for his turn as Herr Schulz in “Cabaret.” I’m not sure what a Herr Schulz is or why it was in a cabaret, but I’m sure his family was very proud of him.)