How funny is the presidential race?
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7 November 2016
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How has the media satirised the two most talked-about names of the year: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? We discuss the highs and lows of late-night TV sketches, speak to 'The Atlantic' and 'New York Magazine' about media coverage and discover a film about a Trump piñata.
7 November 2016
There's no arguing that Trump is the easy comedic target; he practically writes the jokes himself. Hillary Clinton, however, is often painted as far too guarded -- where's the fun in that? ‘New York Magazine’ writer Liz Meriweather has reimagined Clinton as a brash let-it-all-hang-out alter-ego; Jesse David Fox discusses with Clarissa Pharr.
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It’s not just TV personalities and journalists who have been caught up in the whirlwind of satire around the US elections: film-makers have been elbowing in on the conversation too. One film that caught our eye is a short piece set in Mexico called ‘La Madre Buena’, which tells the tale of a mother torn between her politics and her child as her son demands a Donald Trump piñata for his birthday party. Director Sarah Clift tells us where the idea came from.
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