By: Nina Campli, Assistant Student Life and Arts Editor
Lately everything in the news is either about the impending world doom, Trump or how he is helping to fuel the impending world doom. When they are not talking about those things, they are giving tips about how to live a healthier lifestyle, which makes you feel bad about the cookies you are eating as you read/watch. Sometimes they throw in pictures of puppies or kids doing cute things so everything is not completely depressing. However, there are a few people who try to bring some comedy into their news reports, one such person is Drew’s second Forum speaker for this year, Samantha Bee. To help you learn a little more about her viewpoints and prepare you for her talk on Saturday night here is a list of videos you should watch.
1: Listen Up, Creeps: Weinstein Edition
This video is basically Bee wrecking Harvey Weinstein, the patriarchy and Trump. The video is hilarious; however, she also brings up some super relevant points, one of which is that sexual assault is present everywhere. At the end she makes an empowering statement about how women do not have to tolerate this behavior and we are going to talk to one another about men’s actions.
2: A Primer On Puerto Rico
Still a little confused about Puerto Rico and why people are mad we aren’t giving them more aid? This is the video you should watch. Once again Bee takes the opportunity to trash Trump, but at the same time she provides valuable information about Puerto Rico and how Trump isn’t the only one who has put the country on the back burner. Within the video there is a brief history of the island, including context on the Jones Act.
3: Life After Hate
With the number of white supremacists growing, some people might wonder if there is anything they can do to stop it. Bee covers this exact topic in the video along with the statistics on terrorist attacks in the U.S from 2008-2016. Surprise! A majority of these attacks were committed by white men, many of whom are white supremacists. She also talks about the group Life After Hate, which is a group of people who were once white supremacists but have now dedicated their life to pushing other white supremacists away from hate.
- Freedom(ish) of Speech
In this segment, Bee discusses freedom of speech or lack thereof. She specifically capitalizes on the fact that Trump and those who support him can say whatever they want, but when anyone says something about them it is unacceptable. She bashes Trump a little more of course and played clips from the Juggalos rally at Lincoln. Juggalos is the name for someone who is a fan of the Insane Clown Posse (yes, you read that right). Regardless, they had some pretty amazing stuff to say.
- A Dreamer is a Wish Your Trump Takes
Still don’t know what DACA is? Check out this video. It gives some details on what DACA is, who it affects and how its repeal affects them. Continuing the trend we’ve seen in most of her videos, Bee throws some shade at Trump. She then shows clips of interviews with Secretary of State, Kris Kobach and–not surprisingly–throws some shade his way as well.
If you liked any of the videos on this list but don’t have your ticket to see Samantha Bee yet you can get one at the Shakespeare Theater Box Office for $2 with your student ID. The Shakespeare Theater Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. and remain open until intermission of their 8 p.m. show.