Now Trump Is Ruining TV: Veep Just Scrapped A Joke Because Of Him

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While accepting the Best Actress award at the Emmys last month, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus joked that the HBO show "started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary." She was only half-way joking, of course, because this circus of an election actually does feel a lot like the political shit-show depicted on Veep, minus the witty humor. A shocking anecdote from the writing room shows just how depressingly large the overlap between the comedy and our reality has become. Basically, the writers had to scrap a joke they wrote because it was treading familiar territory: Donald Trump's vile Access Hollywood tape.
"We had a scene where a minor character gets picked up on a DUI and he's being a little mouthy to a female police officer and we sort of had a run using [the P-word]," show-runner David Mandel told the Los Angeles Times. "It was pretty funny and they basically threw it in the garbage. [Trump] is ruining comedy." First our election, our faith in democracy, our general decorum of not openly bragging about sexually assaulting women — and now our favorite HBO show?
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Mandel believes that what we see on the news these days is actually cruder than the material on the show. "Most likely we'd all be fired if we wrote a 10th of what has happened thus far," he told the L.A. Times. Louis-Dreyfus, of course, plays the hilariously narcissistic and incompetent office-holder Selina Meyer. But in Mandel's own words, "none of those things we do [on Veep] seem quite as incompetent as running for president and knowing that you had a video of you harassing women out there." Or as unreal.
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