There was a time before the advent of political correctness, when the immensely popular Archie Bunker Show was considered side-splittingly funny. It was irreverent, opinionated and we all laughed at the truisms that were integral to the family that consisted of Archie and Edith Bunker, their daughter Gloria and her husband Michael “Meathead” Stivic, played by Rob Reiner. It was the 1970’s and “All in the Family” was the show to watch.
In the intervening years, humor was replaced by jockeying for the highest level of victimhood and angst. Comedians, once an entertainment staple, are a now rarity.
Reiner was not simply playing an irritating, young ne’er-do-well, left-winger who continually riled conservative Archie, while living rent-free in his in-law‘s home. He was playing himself, a radical propagandist. Now 73, he has taken on the biggest comedic role of his life. He is a fervent Joe Biden supporter, a role enhanced by his visceral hatred of conservatives and Donald Trump, verified by his chronic case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Despite the worst economy in decades — previously thriving under President Trump — Reiner does not veer from his virulent leftwingism, proving Archie bestowed the perfect nickname on this less than reputable, sponging son-in-law. In this tweet, Reiner described President Trump and the 63 million Americans who voted for him for president as “racists and white nationalists.”
And all along we thought we were patriotic Americans.