The American people should probably hear some cold, hard, depressing, stressful facts about President Trump’s government shutdown. But, like a parent tricking a child into eating veggies by smothering it with cheese, Samantha Bee put together a fun, entertaining sketch to disguise the harsh reality.
It’s The Masked Federal Worker, a spoof on Fox’s The Masked Singer but instead of celebrities hiding behind a mask, it’s a furloughed member of a government agency.
It’s all fun and games as Bee’s correspondent Allana Harkin tries to guess which government worker is behind the mask, but the soundbites from the “contestants” are from previously recorded (and distorted for the sake of their privacy) interviews with actual federal workers crippled by the government shutdown.
“I am concerned that preparation for hurricane season is not being done and will have an adverse effect on the American public,” one worker said.
“This is the time that we have to prepare for fire season. Fire season’s right around the corner, we’re running out of time at this point and I can’t stress how scary that is,” warned another.
“I thought this was gonna be fun,” Harkin said. But at least it was fun thinking maybe one of these folks could’ve been Lady Gaga or a boy band member.
The government has been partially shutdown for more than 33 days at this point, continuing what is the longest shutdown government history that occurred when talks broke down between congressional leaders and the White House over a spending deal. Trump still wants to build his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, recently claiming via tweet, “BUILD THE WALL AND CRIME WILL FALL.”
Bee has a different take — in words we all can understand.
“Giving Donald Trump $5 billion for a wall in 2019 would be like investing in the Fyre Festival in 2016,” she said elsewhere on Wednesday’s edition of Full Frontal.
Turning to both Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre documentaries, Bee compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “the sweet Dutch pilot telling us, ‘Everything about this is terrible! You have to give people water and a place to s—!'”
“[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell is F–Jerry, the social media team complicit at every level but trying to pretend he has nothing to do with this s—storm,” she continued. “[Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer is, I don’t know, probably the kindly man who tried to hold things together but almost had to suck a d– for Evian water. And Ja Rule is just Ja Rule.”