This weekend Saturday Night Live had a sketch that set the Internet abuzz and had Slate asking whether the skit was the “most astute analysis of american politics in 2016.”
The setup was “Black Jeopardy!”, a recurring bit on SNL that normally pits two lower-class black contestants against a wealthier and/or well-educated white contestant who is clueless about African-American perspectives on race and culture. This time, though, the white guy is a working-class (presumed) Trump supporter named Doug (played by Tom Hanks)—who isn’t as out of touch as we might assume.
One clue the contestants must reply to in the form of a question is, “They out here saying, the new iPhone wants your thumbprint ‘for your protection.’” Doug replies, “What is, I don’t think so. That’s how they get you.” That turns out to be the correct answer, and the other contestants weigh in with their agreement. Doug adds, “That goes straight to the government.”
The next clue is, “They out here saying that every vote counts.” Doug again responds with the correct answer: “What is, come on, they already decided who wins even ’fore it happens.”
The segment is funny because it gently mocks the weird views people have about our government monitoring and controlling us. Unfortunately, the reality is that many people on the lower end of the economic ladder take those types of conspiracy theories extremely seriously.
A primary reason they believe such bizarre urban legends is because they fear they are being judged, argues Amber Lapp. Lapp says there seems to be a link between the fear of judgment and distrust of authority in the working class: