Many news outlets in the Netherlands reported on your recent item on “Gert” Wilders and the election in the Netherlands. We have some comments to make, but before we do that, let us introduce ourselves. We’re sure you don’t know us because you just don’t give a fuck. We’re a (semi)-satirical shockblog and we, like yourself, concern ourselves with news around the world.
Now, as for your piece, this is the management summary: leave Holland alone. Not that we don’t like international media attention… we do. Especially the mainstream media. This is true: about half of the election coverage was spent covering the international coverage of our election. Including your item.
Let’s dive into that for the moment. The Daily Show is world-renowned for it’s particular mix of serious coverage and satire. We’re usually a fan of your way of using comedy to point out hypocrisy in media, politics and other issues.
Your item on the Netherlands, however, felt lazy. What is it with you and all the other international media that you suddenly care about the Netherlands? It can’t be because we’ve suddenly got a populist with bad hair. We’ve had him creeping around the establishment acting anti-establishment for 20 years. Yes, we’ve been struggling with his idiocy that long, but you didn’t care when it was just our problem. But now that you and the UK failed to deal with the kind of madness that comes from the likes of Wilders, suddenly you’re all ‘watching us’.
Also: what the hell are you talking about? Latent racism? It’s all out in the open, and we have been pointing that out for years now. You could have googled that, it’s even in English, but I guess it doesn’t have the same appeal as googling “How to find weed in Amsterdam?”
The point is: yeah, we have issues. But you know what we didn’t do? We didn’t fuck up. Wilders, once again, didn’t win the elections. And now we’re left wondering why the fuck you guys aren’t more interested in us. We’re doing what you should have done. While we were out effectively dealing with the threat of populism, you guys dared an insane media whore with a pumpkin for a head to run for president, which is crazy. Orange is our national colour, and yet, our own crazy-haired buffoon somehow looks less ridiculous. But you, the Daily Show, dared Trump to run.
And then he did. And then he won. So, what, the only thing you care about is the name of the US-funded idiot that our democracy is keeping in check? Throw in a few jokes about weed and clogs and let the black guy from the country of apartheid dumben our social-political struggles down to “latent racism” and that’s it? To be honest: we expected better of you. A lot better.
But if it’s going to be like this, then do what you’ve always done when it concerns the Netherlands: nothing. Go back to ignoring us. Seriously. If all you’re going to report on is our political town lunatic, then… just don’t. Leave Holland alone. We’ve got this covered, because unlike Trump, Wilders isn’t going into our Torentje.