Blaire Erskine has pretended to be a stranded MAGA supporter, Jerry Falwell’s daughter, and the wife of a notorious anti-masker. The gag: How many folks think her satires are real.
As we’re talking over Zoom, Blaire Erskine steals a few glances at her phone. She’s not being rude. In truth, it would be crazier not to look over at the fireworks show of notifications as they rapidly light up.
Filmmaker Michael Moore had just retweeted her most recent comedy video. It’s flattering, if a little frustrating. Like many people before him who should know better (hi, Katie Couric), he thought the video was real, in this case that she was one of the actual Trump supporters left stranded in the cold after his Omaha rally last week, talking about how Tom Hanks is “in Greece being a pedophile” and that the president is teaching his voters a lesson by leaving them to freeze. “What was that lesson? That’s not really for me to know, and that’s actually pretty nasty of you to ask.”
“How did Trump win? If we have to keep asking then we don’t get the commitment of his voters. Tens of millions of them will vote Tues.,” Moore tweeted. “They’d walk ‘750 miles’ in the freezing cold ‘just to hear him speak.’ I wouldn’t do that to hear Bernie, Biden or JC himself. THAT’s how they win.”
That Moore was duped by Erskine’s video would become its own news story over the weekend, illustrating why the comedy clips that the Georgia-based comedian creates are so brilliant. She’s played the wife of a man who threw a tantrum after refusing to wear a mask at Costco, Jerry Falwell’s daughter reacting to her parents’ kinky sex life, one half of a MAGA couple who refuses to cancel Halloween celebrations because of COVID, and Amy Coney Barrett’s daughter defending her mom for hating women.
Each video exposes the lunacy of what the Karens and MAGAs of the world say as part of the logic gymnastics they perform to justify Trump and the Republican Party’s actions. The dialogue is both utterly outrageous but also so believable, based on what we’ve seen from the rants these people have posted to social media themselves, that so many liberals, Moore included, assume they’re real.
“I didn’t mean for any of this to be like a social experiment at all,” Erskine says, speaking from her home in Atlanta. “But it has been. People like Michael Moore and people like Katie Couric, who last night retweeted it being like, 'Is this real?' These are journalists who I respected and still do. But, you know, critical thinking is like down here.”