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Idiot of the Week: Chris Cuomo or Variety?

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El American’s Idiot of the Week award is once again hotly contested, and this time around, some very deserving recipients have been left out of the final. Readers will have to decide between Chris Cuomo and Variety magazine to see who wins the game this time.

Chris Cuomo and his questionable journalistic ethics

Chris Cuomo, flagship host of CNN’s primetime show Cuomo Prime Time, and brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – not necessarily in that order of relevance – opened his show last Monday night by saying that “obviously, I am aware of what was going on with my brother,” and also that “obviously, I couldn’t cover it up, because he’s my brother.”

All this in reference to the growing number of accusations of alleged sexual harassment by his brother Andrew Cuomo towards different women, although Chris never explicitly mentioned what that was about that was obviously going on with his brother.

“Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and will continue to do so,” Chris Cuomo said. Oh, thank you, CNN! Good thing CNN is unable to hide things, like when they couldn’t hide their near orgasmic excitement as Donald Trump left the White House.

Not like when they cancelled the interview with Piers Morgan for complaining that they hadn’t covered the Hunter Biden scandal for fear that the Democrats would lose the election. Or like when they hid the Venezuelan Chavismo political prisoners or the extreme poverty in the country.

Although Chris Cuomo doesn’t earn his nomination for idiot of the week for exempting himself from talking about the accusations against his brother, but for having no qualms about having invited his brother on the show on multiple occasions before, deifying him for his management during the pandemic, and even making jokes with props in the purest Carrot Top style.

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Chris Cuomo joking with his brother Andrew Cuomo about the pandemic. Source: YouTube

And all this while the Department of Justice has opened a preliminary investigation into the handling of the pandemic in New York nursing homes that, according to the New York Post, “may have led to the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents”.

Perhaps the idiot of the week award for Chris Cuomo should be for not realizing that perhaps it is in the best interest of the Democratic Party to divert attention to women who report their alleged sex scandals, and not look so much at another woman, Melissa DeRosa, an aide to Andrew Cuomo who, according to the New York Post, admits that information was withheld from the feds to hide what was going on in the nursing homes.

Variety and its swinging achromatopsia

Achromatopsia is a vision disability that involves the total absence of color perception. We guess this is what happened to Variety magazine when after the “Golden Globes” award ceremony they published -although they later withdrew it- that “Argentina’s Taylor-Joy is the first woman of color to win this category since Queen Latifah in 2008, and only the fifth woman of color to win since the category [for best actress in a miniseries or telefilm] was introduced in 1982.”


Either that, or Variety are just idiots enough to deserve this week’s award. In their attempt to highlight how progressive, inclusive, diversity-loving and anti-racist they are, they were quick to think that Anya Taylor-Joy, (being of Argentinean descent, the country where she grew up), should be black… or brown, but not white.

Anya Taylor-Joy, born in Miami and of English, Spanish, Scottish and Argentine ancestry, is whiter than the white chess pieces she handles so well in the excellent series Queen’s Gambit, for which she has won this well-deserved Golden Globe.

We cannot think of a more racist and condescending generalization than the one Variety has made in thinking that anyone from further south than the Mexican border cannot possibly enjoy, as progressives like to call it, “white privilege.”

This gaffe by Variety, a magazine specialized in the world of entertainment, shows that they are more concerned about appearing progressive than actually looking at what the Golden Globes have awarded as the best miniseries of the year.

Once again, it will have to be the readers of El American who will have to decide who has checkmated, Chris Cuomo with his shifting standards of journalistic ethics, or Variety with its progressive posing.

Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.

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