In a surprisingly refreshing interview with CNBC Friday, comedian Bill Murray (generally not considered to be a defender of conservatism, but I could have missed something) has a few choice words for Democrats when it comes to their seemingly never ending attempts to put Americans into neat demographic boxes (arguably to divide and conquer):
You’re not helping.
Needless to say, the CNBC questioners were stunned into near silence. It was beautiful.
The state of US politics, according to Bill Murray. pic.twitter.com/k4tzZHK2wb
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Murray mentions fellow comedian Kristen Wiig and her ability to make people laugh because she appeals not to what divides the masses but rather to what connects them.
“How can Kristen Wiig make everyone laugh?,” Murray asks. “She’s not thinking about being political. She’s thinking about what resonates and what’s common to all of us…My friend who’s a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he’s accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing.”
“He says, no no, I just think the way the Democrats handle things is poor, the way they try to pick out little pieces…where [they say] ‘we represent the Hispanics, we represent LGBTQ’ or something. And they’re not speaking to everyone at once. It’s almost demeaning to say ‘I’m choosing you because you’re a splinter group or you’re a certain minority group.'”
“There’s almost a resentment…you’re separated again by a politician,” Murray continued. “You’re my people, I’m in control of you, and I represent you. Instead of thinking each citizen has the right to be respected as a citizen first under the laws of the country.”
Jimmy Kimmel, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Silverman, you listening?