Donald Trump is different, like no other President. He’s not black like Obama, nor white like all our other Presidents before. Post election memes proclaimed Trump’s victory as proof that “Orange is the New Black.” Orange seems a good neutral description. You may like orange, you may not. You may think Trump is the orange of Florida fresh squeezed juice, ripe and full of energy and nutrition to fortify an anemic economy and sissified, PC culture. Or you may think that Trump’s brand of politics is toxic tangerine sludge.
Our already fissured nation is increasingly divided over our orange President, with both sides embracing his combative style. Pro-Trump and anti-Trump forces are proud of the “Nasty” and “Deplorable” insults hurled their way. We have entered an ultra-hype, special effects, no-holds barred, alternative fact, post-truth world. America is girding up for a cage-match finale of body slamming ungovernability, with healthcare reform being the latest farce of in this WWE world.
With apologies to Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kaptain Komodia is forced to agree: My President is Orange. And Trump’s orangeness has deepened and widened rifts in America that have been developing for decades.
Even so, our nation has been through worse, and perhaps comedy could do more to calm our nerves and bring us together. Daily Beast and self-described leftist reporter Samantha Allen said “...late-night comedy used to have a more careful balance between escapist absurdism and political comedy—a balance that definitely tipped decisively in the latter direction during the 2016 election... That balance is still important for our funny bones and for our collective sanity.”
As Betty White recently advised young comedians in the CNN “History of Comedy” series, "Keep your sense of humor and don't take yourself too seriously. You're in the funny business. You're not in the mean business."
While Americans will continue to be divided over Trump’s orangeness, the simple truth is that we are all a bit different, a bit orange. America’s strength has always been founded on finding a common home for people with vast differences. To move forward, comedy can help us live together under a wildly orange President while remembering what we have in common—and embracing the orange in us all. -KK