After watching 90 minutes of "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Donald Trump, it's official: I'm sick of Trump. I'm totally burned out on his shtick, NBC's hypocrisy and the culture's nitwit interest in him.
Enough already with Trump on my TV screen 24/7. Really.
Full disclosure: I'd love to rip tonight's SNL for having him on. But it's impossible to totally rip any show that has Larry David doing Bernie Sanders and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton.
I feel like McKinnon has reined in her satire on Clinton since the brilliant parody she did of the candidate's video launching her imperial candidacy in April. I wonder if this has something to do with NBC's love of all things Clinton to the point where they paid Chelsea $1.8 million to be the worst special correspondent in the history of network newsmagazines. I wonder if it has anything to do with Clinton's friendship with SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels.
But McKinnon is still wonderful as Clinton even without the wicked satire of the candidate's sense of White House entitlement and TV phoniness.
As for David, he had me on the floor with his explanation as Bernie Sanders of why he drives around with a kayak strapped to the top of his car. Go see the video if you missed it.
Michaels further used David brilliantly to defuse the real-life protests by Hispanic and other groups over having Trump as host. One group offered $5,000 to anyone who would disrupt the live broadcast.
Just as Trump was finishing his monologue with the help of two cast members who arrived onstage just as the candidate was starting to flop, viewers heard a voice in the studio call out, "Trump's a racist."
As jaded as I am, I thought it was real for a second. And then, the camera showed David standing in the wings.
"I heard if I called that out they'd give me $5,000," David said.
The faux disruption comically pre-empted any protest that might have been. It was a very, very smart play.
But there's a larger moral issue here, and it feels like it is being overlooked by many: a broadcast network licensed by the government inviting someone who said the things Trump has about Mexicans and other immigrants hosting such an iconic show.
Back in June, NBC got a lot of good publicity for saying it was no longer going to do business with Trump.
"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."
At the time, I wrote a piece urging the press to hold it's praise for NBC, suggesting that the network would be back in business with Trump before long no matter how final the statement sounded. This is not exactly a network known for its social conscience. You can read that here.
And sure enough, five months later, here they are back in business on "Saturday Night Live," and it is just as wrong now as it was when NBC talked all that fake high-sounding talk in June -- only now Trump is once again looking like ratings and money in the bank instead of a pariah for his ignorant slurs.
And, by the way, it's not shame only on NBC. Shame on all the show hosts, producers and executives at all the cable channels and networks who kiss up to Trump to have him call into their shows and do interviews.
And shame on us as a nation that we can't get serious about picking a president -- that we keep expecting candidates to give good media, to be, above all else, entertaining. Someone needs to throw cold water on us -- or slap us in the face -- and remind us that elections have consequences.
Trump's performance tonight really doesn't matter as far as I am concerned. I'd give him a "D-minus" if I had to grade it. He showed up and delivered the standard Donald Trump TV persona, which rates slightly better than an "F" -- I guess. But I suspect his fans will think he did just fine.
I thought his awkwardness utterly destroyed a skit that was set two years into a Trump presidency and could have been funny. But then, maybe seeing Ivanka Trump in the skit set me off again about NBC, favored candidates and their entitled celebrity daughters.
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I hope NBC didn't pay Ivanka $1.8 million hoping to cover its bets on both sides of the presidential race.