WHAT THE VEEP? :
CURSING, CONTRADICTIONS, AND AMERICAN
POLITICIANS
Karoline Summerville
3.1 Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer and Tony Hale as Gary Walsh in Veep,
“Tears”
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001,
Americans became overwhelmingly cynical and full of mistrust
toward the government and the media. In the midst of a “War on
Terror” and an economic crisis, America was in dire need of some
comic relief. As a result, satirical news shows like The Daily Show
and The Colbert Report, comedy shows like Saturday Night Live, and
late night talk shows rose in popularity (Guggenheim, Kwak, and
Campbell, 277). Political satire became a subversive outlet for
many Americans who no longer believed in a government for the
people and by the people. Viewers no longer put their faith in
government; instead, they invested in laughter. Being connected
required motivated citizens to stay involved for the sake of being
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