Leave it to Stephen Colbert to point out how ridiculously politicized Thanksgiving has become.
Sadly, the holiday dinner table has become a minefield of controversial subjects like sex, religion and what’s the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?
This is so true. I can’t even begin to tell you how many Thanksgiving debates were defused by “who’s ready for pie?”
Thanksgiving politics doesn’t begin at the table either. There are actual political polls regarding Thanksgiving traditions. No, seriously. Democrats and Republicans were asked for their take on traditional holiday dishes, like cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes with or without marshmallows.
Colbert couldn’t help but use this opportunity to point out the ridiculousness of Donald Trumps candidacy for president…and his obnoxious spray tan.
Nearly 40 percent of Republicans think a sweet potato would make a pretty good president.
While Colbert was nice enough to imply the polls may not only be interesting but somewhat useful, he also pointed out that this is also signalling a troubling trend.
Please, please — can’t Thanksgiving be the one day of the year when we don’t try and see everything through the lens of politics? Don’t get me wrong, there are some things we should see through the lens of politics — for instance, politicians. But (on Thanksgiving), let’s not talk about politics. In the spirit of the first Thanksgiving, hosts just share your food and try not to worry that your guests seem like they’re never going to leave.
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