Not everyone does well under stress, and few of us have to endure pressure like a contestant on a game show. Picture it—you’re in front of a live audience of 50 or so people, you’re on camera to be broadcast to millions more, perhaps there’s a celebrity guest…not to mention the fact that there’s usually a huge pile of money on the line.
This has been known to produce some pretty great gaffes and faux-pas in the past, but Evan Kaufman’s appearance on the recent revival of ABC’s '$100,000 Pyramid' is one for the ages.
choking on my own tongue. pic.twitter.com/9VtRysTXEL— guy who calls lettuce salad (@bobby) August 13, 2018
Yup, he just conflated former Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden with Barack Obama, the former President of the United States. Which, to be fair, is a pretty common comparison made by the alt-right. But Kaufman wasn't trying to make a political statement. Later, in a Twitter thread, he explained that he didn't mean to lump a former president with a former enemy of the state.
“Who else is a famous Obama?” My brain is racing. I need to list multiple people. I can’t just say Barack. What I should have said was, “Michelle, Sasha, Malia, Bo! The PORTUGUESE WATER DOG BO!” (7/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
And so you have this perfectly viral clip. A clip that is insanely funny. It would be so funny if it wasn’t me. The editing is impeccable. The little breath I take? I’m working so hard to get it right. (9/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
But this just goes to show you that even a liberal Globalist Cuck like yours truly has some inherent racism lurking in my brain. What a disaster. (10/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
Sure, this seems like a pretty reasonable explanation, once put like that, but it might now matter in today's online culture. Where internet trolls are likely to write, "TL;DR, you’re a racist now."