Today the HLN news channel has made me the happiest mammal on earth by getting trolled on live TV by someone who continuously refers to Edward Snowden as if he's talking about Edward Scissorhands. Even better? The host doesn't even appear to notice. Here's the clip:
In response to the sudden appearance of NSA snitch and privacy activist Edward Snowden on Twitter (while still in exile in Russia), HLN was apparently gung ho about getting commentators in to discuss the issue. Unfortunately, they were a bit too enthusiastic in their plans, though, and in their hurried attempts to book Al Jazerra journalist John Hendren, they accidentally contacted Something Awful writer (and the guy who managed to snag the @fart handle on Twitter), Jon Hendren, by mistake.
It was a mistake they didn't realize until after the interview had ended. Strangely, they didn't even seem to notice it even when — after being asked whether or not he thought Snowdens actions were worth the potential harm they could have caused — Hendren responded:
"Well, you know, to say that he couldn't harm somebody, you know, with what he did, like, he could. Absolutely. He could have. But I think to cast him out, to make him invalid in society, simply because he has scissors for hands, I mean, that's just strange. Because people didn't get scared until he started sculpting shrubs into dinosaur shapes and whatnot."Astoundingly, HLN reporter Yasmin Vossoughian didn't bat at eye at this, or any of Hendren's further remarks such as, "Casting him out is just completely wrong. We're treating him like an animal. Like somebody who should be quarantined and put away. Just because he was created on top of a mountain by Vincent Price and incomplete with scissors for hands and no heart... uh... Edward Scissorhands is a complete hero to me."
Hilarity aside, don't you find it sort of frightening that the people responsible for giving us the news are this oblivious? On the up side, hopefully this at least spurs a much needed conversation about the discrimination inflicted against those with scissors for hands. They only lack hearts in the physical sense, you know?