Taking too long? Close loading screen.
Connect with us

Tech

Goodbye to Patriot Act, a comedy show that was a different kind of angry

Published

on

If you want to watch a TV show that recaps the latest news with a healthy amount of jokes and comically bad photoshops, you have a lot of choices. There’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Comedy Central, TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. This week, however, there is one less option: Netflix has canceled Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, a show that superficially didn’t seem all that different from its competitors, but with each half-hour installment, it proved itself among the best.

In 2020, it can be hard to watch these shows. As clever as the jokes can be and as deep as they can dig to surface under-seen issues, current events have become unimaginably bleak, and the United States’ political response to them has been more terrible than our darkest satirical minds could have imagined. This sort of programming feels like a relic from another era, the young liberal answer to Fox News, swapping out racism and invective for clever humor and fact-checked information. The ultimate purpose is the same, though: a receptacle for our collective anger, even if that anger was motivated by a desire for a more equitable world.

Patriot Act felt different, though. Patriot Act was already mad, and it knew you were, too. It wasn’t interested in getting you riled up about something new, but all that shit you already slog through to get through the day? The show wanted to break that stuff down to its disparate parts and tell you what could be done about it.

Elections, college, retirement, streaming media, public transportation, video game harassment, drug prices, student loans — all topics that most viewers of Patriot Act already have to deal with and require no expertise to understand how broken they are. The June 28th episode of the show — its de facto finale — was entitled “Why Doing Taxes Is So Hard,” and it serves as a good summation of what the show had to offer: a dive into something so thoroughly messed-up and so common that it had evaded examination, brought to you by an ebullient and energetic man with great comic timing and an even better stylist. What’s more, like the reporting it was based on, it had a shelf life: doing taxes has sucked for a long time, and odds are that isn’t changing!

Minhaj and the Patriot Act team also labored to center nonwhite perspectives, and in doing so, validate nonwhite anger at a world clearly constructed to exclude them. It’s a subtle thing, but in the space of late-night news comedy shows where the (white) subtext is often we shouldn’t even have to be worrying about this, Minhaj’s show took the time to look immigrant kids and diversity hires in the eye from a place of understanding: you know this stuff, so let’s find the cleanest way through it.

Photo by Cara Howe / Netflix

It also helped that Minhaj — a ridiculously affable man who, even in comedic performances like Homecoming King seemed to want nothing more than to walk from one end of a giant stage to the other and talk about his top five favorite sneakers — actually got mad. That’s not to say that his counterparts were not angry (anger is coal burned for laughter in this genre), but Minhaj’s stage persona is one that comes across as paper-thin: he says something, and then you see what he thinks about that statement on his face, clear as day.

This made Patriot Act feel much more conversational. Minhaj’s emotions tracked with yours, and the show modulated with them. It helped that the show didn’t position him as a neutral host but as an individual. Minhaj frequently made it clear that his identity influenced his perspective, centering (or calling out) the South Asian community whenever possible.

It doesn’t seem like there’s any saving Patriot Act, at least at its current home. Talk shows don’t work on Netflix, and Patriot Act already got an extra seven episodes beyond its initial 32-episode order. There’s some comfort, though, that it’ll live there, a collection of mostly evergreen stories that all start with the same intro: hip-hop-inspired horns blaring as the chaos of our modern world surrounds this skinny brown dude, bewildered he has to explain all this, but about to give it his best shot.

Source : TheVergeRead More

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tech

Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

Published

on

Best Tech DealsBest Tech DealsThe best tech deals from around the web, updated daily.

White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

Advertisement

Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

Advertisement


Source

Continue Reading

Tech

Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

Published

on

Best Home DealsBest Home DealsThe best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily.

Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

Advertisement

That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

Advertisement

Grab this offer while it’s still around!


Source

Continue Reading

Tech

Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

Published

on

Best Home DealsBest Home DealsThe best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily.

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

Advertisement

You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

Advertisement


Source

Continue Reading

Trending