I saw this meme tonight that shocked me. It’s from Conan O’Brien:
I also found it on his “Team Coco” official Twitter account:
There is nothing funny at all. I was mortified to see how many people liked it, retweeted, shared and left a positive comment on this meme.
Why was I horrified?
I’m not a fan of Trump but the Gambian president he is talking about is Yahya Jammeh, a dictator who was a part of a military coup in which he seized power in 1994. Jammeh is a dictator that took over his country illegitmately. This is in contrast to Adama Barrow who is the incoming Gambian president who won the election for the next term of office in 2016.
I don’t think it is right for Conan to say we should mimic something unlawful and follow the example of a tyrant. What is it about some quarters on the Left that has a fanboy attitude towards tyrants (think Castro, Che, Ho Chi Minh, etc)?
What a frightening statement Conan rhetorically asked: “Why can’t we be more like Gambia?” Does he even know what he’s asking for? Jammeh is staunchly anti-homosexual, anti-freedom of speech and engages in human rights abuses. That’s the kind of character that would stay in power even after losing an election. “Why can’t we be more like Gambia?” How horrifying, but we know how liberals are with looking the other way concerning violence against LGBT when its in a country with Islamic leaders don’t we? The silence is telling.
The countries surrounding Gambia has even threatened a military invasion since it has been ongoing for months now with Jammeh shows no sign of stepping down. The ultimatum from other Western African countries is that if Jammeh doesn’t step down by January 20th at noon, then they will invade. Already Washington Post has reported “Senegal sends troops into Gambia to force longtime leader to step down.” I think its interesting it falls on the same day as the inauguration for the incoming President of the United States. Does Conan really want the US to follow the paths of Gambia in which there is a risk of a war with neighboring countries?
And does Conan and his ilk want a civil war if the Constitutional Republic breaks down when someone doesn’t step down from the presidency? Does Conan really like tryanny more than anything else?
It is dangerous and I think we must be careful to use this kind of talk and threat of breaking the law that I’m sure Conan and others like him wouldn’t want their opponents to employ. Four years from now if Trump were to lose, can you imagine the outrage if pro-Trump comedians were to joke about Trump not stepping down just like Gambia? Can you imagine how many Social Justice Warriors would protests? I wouldn’t find it funny, they wouldn’t find it funny…the double standards.
How is this even a funny joke that could be made into a meme? At a minimum the joke is lame. But I think its is worst than lame. So don’t tell me I can’t take a joke. It’s a lame joke and I’m calling it out too. Conan and his followers who support the memes are making America’s liberal comedians lame again.
Dear Lord, please have mercy on the United States.