I have to admit that I’ve been quite addicted to the American Late Night shows for the past few years. From Letterman (now retired) to Conan, going through Colbert, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel. Also I love (really, true love) John Oliver’s show for HBO, Last Week Tonight.
For the past year, specially the last six months of 2016, the main focus of all these shows was the U.S election, and more specifically, Trump. If all this late night hosts have something in common, that’s how they’ve attacked consistently to (oh god…) the now president, Donald Trump. And I’m not the one who’s gonna criticize that. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of it. But I also have the feeling that they have played a part on his election. I don’t know exactly how influential this shows are, but they have millions of daily viewers.
My problem is, they have been bashing not only the candidate and the people at his campaign rallies. They have attacked directly the population on all the traditionally conservative states. And look, I understand that the ideas and convictions of some of these people can be horrible and disgusting. But that is generalization. And that’s never a good thing. I know that attacking states like Texas, Louisiana or Iowa is very tempting. They make it really easy to criticize them. But if you call traditional conservatives “a bunch of racist ignorant rednecks”, expect them to react and go to vote in mass. Even if they weren’t sure about voting for Trump, they now have something to prove and an enemy to defeat.
I think this election has shown that voting can be a very emotionally driven decision for some people. In my opinion, that’s a bad thing. But we can’t change how people think and act. And at the end all come to a very simple matter: respect. Without respect for the others, we’re nothing.