The 2016 presidential election has been so insane, many have wondered how they can explain it to their confused children. Benedict Cumberbatch and James Corden demonstrated one possible method on Monday night’s Late Late Show, in a skit where Cumberbatch played Corden’s dad reading him the tale of the 2016 election as a bedtime story.
“Once upon a time, in a land called America, where there were states of blue to the north and states of red to the south and a beautiful White House in between, there lived a lady who wanted to rule the kingdom very, very much — some would say too much,” Cumberbatch read.
Cumberbatch related the stories of this lady’s battles against an old wizard (Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders) and, eventually, a giant orange monster (Donald Trump).
“Since the orange monster was so cruel to so many ladies, the stakes in this 2016 presidential election were very, very high,” Cumberbatch said. “If any future monsters wanted to say boys and girls aren’t equal, Americans would know the lady in the beige trouser suit made it through the scary forest and past the orange monster and all the way to the beautiful White House.”
After the story, Cumberbatch briefly broke character to conclude with a plea for the audience to vote: “No matter what your political affiliations are, you have a civic duty to vote. And as long as you do, no one can tell you that this election was rigged.”
Watch the clip below.