Yesterday, people all over the world celebrated the annual holiday that commemorates the birth of one of the most prominent voices of the American Civil Rights Movement: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was killed 50 years ago for his courageous leadership of non-violent insurgency against racism. But that didn’t stop people from pretending to be privy to a fictional ongoing feud between the iconic pastor-activist and the current president of the United States.
“We asked 14 people if they saw the speech Dr. King gave this morning and seven of them said they had,” Jimmy Kimmel says, as he introduces his famous segment where a reporter asks random pedestrians about fake news stories. “And with that said I present to you, perhaps, the most disturbing edition ever of Lie Witness News.”
It’s funny watching people’s faces as they negotiate wanting to appear like informed citizens. “It was great,” one interviewee says in summary of the speech that never happened. Others commented on Dr. King’s changed physique (“I’d say he’s gained [weight].”) or weighed in on the appropriateness of the Jay-Z/Beyonce performance that never happened at the non-event at which Dr. King spoke (“I thought it was ghetto fabulous!”).
But Kimmel is right. It is troubling that many seem genuinely unaware that Dr. King is not around to deliver new speeches.
Another slice of the segment asks people about the “Twitter war” between the civil rights hero and current U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Clearly there’s some history between those two from their time on the celebrity apprentice,” the reporter says as he reminds one man of a faux episode of the reality series where Brett Michaels bests Dr. King at selling frozen yogurt. “Do you remember that episode?” the reporter asks. “I do remember that episode, yeah,” the man responds.”
And we all sit back and wonder why Dr. King’s dream has yet to be realized. Lol?