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The Daily Show’s Segment on the Zimmerman Verdict is Why I Love Them

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The Daily Show is one of the smartest and funniest shows on TV, and they always prove to be one of the most needed ones too. You’ll get a better take on the news by watching it than CNN any day, in my book. Their news might be “fake” but it’s realer than some of these other channels that are go-tos.

They weighed in on George Zimmerman’s acquittal, finding a way to make SOME humor out of a terrible situation, and I love it. John Oliver explained the ridiculousness of this case’s verdict in the simplest way possible, and I appreciate that. Because it seems stupidity is rampant these days (look at juror B37’s comments if you need proof).

Anywho, take a watch!

If you can’t view the clip, it’s because it’s in iFrame and mobile browsers might not show it. Use a browser on your computer.

“Of the many truly depressing things about this case—after a man was found not guilty after admitting pursuing and shooting an unarmed teenager—one was just how unsurprised people seemed about the verdict. That is what makes this so much worse. That we can get a verdict like this, not because the system has broken down, but because the system worked exactly as designed.”

Ain’t that the gahtdamb truth??? How does this happen and get justified by the law???

“Florida, just because you’re shaped like a combination of a gun and a dick doesn’t mean you have to act that way.” YESSS!!! I hollered. Florida is doing its best to earn that unofficial nickname of America’s Dick. Because it continues to fuck us all. It fails so much so often.

John Oliver Florida Dick Gun

Thank you for being awesome, Daily Show!

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!

Again:

Florida FAIL gif

Yup.

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31 Comments

  1. Em.
    July 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I wish I could view the clip but I know it was nothing but sardonic truth.

    • July 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Why won’t it let you view it? Are you on your phone?

      • Em.
        July 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

        I’m outside the US, it’s blocked.

      • LaToya
        July 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

        Mine is blocked too, but I just went to youtube and found it

    • LaToya
      July 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Just go to youtube…you will find it.

      • Em.
        July 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

        Thanks! Found it.

  2. Tiffany
    July 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thanks Luvvie! And because of this clip, I am going to start watching the Daily Show!

  3. July 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Amazing. I love this show.

  4. Jn
    July 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I can’ts with all the evens.

  5. July 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Bugs Bunny just took my entire life!

  6. July 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

    “the system worked exactly as designed”…yes, i love them.

  7. Amber
    July 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I missed this episode of the daily show. Thank you for this. My husband and I currently live in Florida(originally from MIchigan). And with a son on the way. We are getting the heck out of this state. We have been here for four yrs. and even before this case happened. We were on the fence of staying here. Florida has always been a five yr plan for us. This state is just so backwards and we didn’t realize it until we moved here. Their education system is just as flawed. I’ve never even heard of a D school??!!! And they keep people segregated based on class because the schools that you are zoned for are the ones you HAVE to attended. So if you live in a neighborhood where the teachers are pretty much glorified babysitters who don’t want to teach, you have no other choice but to go to that school.

    It makes me very upset and sad and I am counting down the days until we move out of this state.

    • July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Yes, run! O.O

      Unfortunately, it’s like that all over the country. Forget FL, you would have to move out of the country to avoid the segregated school systems.

      In some states, you might find a city with a decent school system(maybe even some charter or private schools available) or you might get away with sending your kid to another city or county to be schooled. But good luck with transportation costs and underhanded discrimination in those schools.

      I’m from Boston, and the public school system is hit or miss. There are a lot of great public schools, and we are a city known for our institutions of education, but there are still those that fail. We do have some great charter schools, but still, the best schools still aren’t better than the ones further out from the city center. You know, the suburbs.

      You can do it, though. You’ll be okay. 🙂

      • Dee
        July 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

        You’re right about the school systems TajMahal. As a teacher who used to teach in Florida, I blame No Child Left Behind for the grading and funding of schools, but that’s a whole ‘nother issue.

        I think what shocked people as well is that on Saturday, they discovered that Florida actually is a part of the south. There is a republican governor and, outside of the Obama administration, goes Red every presidential election. South Florida (the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) are pretty progressive, but most of Florida is “southern” in its thinking.

        • Dee
          July 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

          I forgot to say that he is hilarious as well!

  8. Yadi
    July 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

    “Don’t be stupid all your life…” -words from my great aunt (with lips pursed). It was said to my cousin and went right over his head but it resonated with my young 9-10yo self. I miss sitting at the foot of elders…

    Anyway….thank you, Daily Show!

  9. Jamie
    July 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for sharing that. The Daily Show will now be “must see TV.”

  10. Chelly
    July 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Yes. All of it. Put this entire segment on a Zazzle shirt… I’d wear it!

  11. July 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I’ve never loved the Daily Show or Bugs Bunny more than I do right now!

    That was HILARIOUS!

  12. AG
    July 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Sigh. I was born and raised in Florida (black girl, gated community) and it is SUCH a depressing state. Particularly because in some ways, things there appear to be getting worse rather than better.

    I grew up under Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist as governors, and while I wouldn’t have voted for either of them (and am still angry about a lot of their environmental policies), right now the state seems to be a free-for-all of poor governance, crony politics and utter extra-judicial tomfoolery. And I say that currently living in Naija!

  13. Jabari
    July 17, 2013 at 11:39 am

    *starts obvious slow-clap*

    YAAAAASSSS FOR HIM!!!!!!!! Preach the gospel!

  14. lnedykstra
    July 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

    LIFE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME TODAY! I loved this clip! John Oliver was on it! I loved the bit about George Zimmerman’s idiotic brother!

    And Luvvie … I absolutely love that Bugs Bunny gif!!! Genius!

  15. Carriecnh12
    July 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Before I say anything I must let you know I am from Barbados, and have been Living in Toronto the last 4 years, so my experience with racism is slighty different than that of a black north American, people of lighter skin and black people who are rich tend to act more foolish than white people in the Caribbean. Yes in the Caribbean we say black and not African Caribbean, I’m black and am proud of it.

    I CRIED when I read about the verdict on this blog on Sunday, I didn’t even know the trial had even finished, this has got to be one of the shortest murder trials I have ever heard of. People (Americans, no offense)never cease to amaze me. My cannery has closed down and I have been forced to switch to using jam jars, because I mean WTH, not guilty, not only of murder but also manslaughter, how the he double hockey sticks did this happen, and I know these jurors feel proud of themselves.

    No one can pay me to ever go to florida (not deserving of a capital f) ever again, God your people need prayer and deliverance.

    • Nina M.
      July 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      All of what you said. All of it!

  16. July 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    The Bugs Bunny .gif is awesome (even though I dont hate Florida)!

  17. Patreq
    July 18, 2013 at 4:07 am

    SOCIAL STIGMA OF THE BLACK MALE
    There is a stigma, a strong belief, in society that ‘black males’ especially those who commit crime, are a menace to society. If a black male get’s into a fight for whatever reason the stereotype is reinforced that black males are violent and dangerous.
    When, a white male who get’s into a fight it‘s justified as self
    defense’ or anger connected to a childhood trauma, or some kind of ‘mental illness’ or his behavior is minimized as drug or alcohol problem.
    When charged for a crime, if charged at all, ‘most’ white males are offered options such as, treatment programs, psych evaluations, prescribed medication, or given a light sentence, and or fines, maybe community service or probations and house arrest.
    Black males however, according to the punishments exacted upon them, are incapable of redemption, they can not be rehabilitated, they do not posses redeemable qualities. In most documented cases, they are beaten, tased, shot, and or killed. If arrested and brought before a court, there is rarely any discussion of childhood trauma, mental illness, self-defense or drug and alcohol problems. They are sentenced, and sent to prison, and in most cases, and in 98% of the cases they receive harsh sentences, regardless of the offense or the lack of a criminal record.
    Case in point, 67% of white male pedifiles are repeat offenders, and yet, they are released back into society over and over again. While 70% of black males convicted of drug charges are sentenced to 20 years, even if it’s thier first offense.
    An alarming 78% of mass shootings in the U.S. involving innocent people were commited by white males. Do not confuse this with gang on gang violence which is made up of a diverse group of males from all races.
    63% of police shootouts involve white males, 34% hispanic, 25% black, most black males flee. However, regardless of the facts, the statistics, and federal documentation, black males are considered by law enforcement, the government, the media, and most of society to be, violent, and dangerous above all other males in society.
    Unfortunately, this stigma is like a viral outbreak, in order to make a vaccine to cure it, you have to find out when, and where this narrow perception of the black males originated from.

  18. Sane Jane
    July 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Love the GIF! By the way, that was Al Gore (dressed as Bugs Bunny)…..

  19. DK Uzoukwu
    July 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    That Bugs Bunny .gif at the end. Kills me every time.

  20. MissHuntley
    July 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    That Bug’s Bunny gif though!!!!!!! LMBO!!!

  21. Debra Samuels
    July 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I was glad to know about the Steven show, he couldn’t put it a better way then he did and I thank him.