While America begins the slow recovery from the shock that came from reports that President Donald Trump made obscene comments about Haiti and African countries, one comedian decided to take it upon herself to shell out $300 to anyone who can get Trump’s comments on Wakanda on video.
The offer “expires never,” she tweeted. Self-described author/screenwriter/comedian/dork Sara Benincasa made the offer on Twitter.
“I am offering $300 to the journalist who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation’s relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video. I know $300 doesn’t sound like a lot to some people but I also know what most reporters make so…$300.”
I am offering $300 to the journalist who very seriously asks Trump his opinion on our nation’s relations with Wakanda and gets the question and answer recorded live on video. I know $300 doesn’t sound like a lot to some people but I also know what most reporters make so…$300.
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) January 13, 2018
If she manages to achieve the goal, it will illustrate that Trump has no right to be making such sweeping judgments about other countries because Wakanda doesn’t even exist except in the upcoming movie by Marvel, Black Panther.
It is depicted as a place “far more technologically advanced than the U.S.”
Benincasa got the idea to quiz Trump on the fictional country after seeing a Tweet by film executive Franklin Leonard.
“Mr President, with a surge in immigration from the African nation of Wakanda on the immediate horizon, would you be willing to increase their lottery allocation in exchange for expanded access to vibranium deposits?”
Mr President, with a surge in immigration from the African nation of Wakanda on the immediate horizon, would you be willing to increase their lottery allocation in exchange for expanded access to vibranium deposits?
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) January 12, 2018
Benicasa maintains that she is serious about offering the money to one journalist, and even got offers to expand the cash amount by others on the Twitter thread. She also hilariously offered advice on how to prepare for presenting the question to Trump.
“Now you’re going to want to practice your poker face. I mean you’re going to be so excited when you get the opportunity to do this and also you’re going to want to laugh really hard. I would suggest that you begin staring at yourself in the mirror immediately and saying it aloud,” Tweeted Benincasa.
She offered a way to drop the Wakanda name into a list of other words likely unfamiliar to Trump, and a hashtag of #wakandagate to “educate your journalist friends” about the proposal.
“Now I’m going to help you out even though I know you have a lot of ideas. There are many ways you could ask the president his opinion on Wakanda. For example, you could casually drop the name of Wakanda in among a list of other things he’s never heard of, like Estonia and Ethics.
Trump has a record of advancing the issues of imaginary places, even imaginary African countries in the past. Below, he speaks about the leaders of “Nambia,” twice.
See him do it below:
He recently also talked about delivering imaginary fighter jets to Norway. The F-52 fighter jets only exist in a video game: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
See him do it below:
The prospects of winning the cash and prompting Trump to speak about an imaginary country look very promising, after all. The proceeds could go to a worthy cause as well as illustrate a point.
Sara Benincasa suggested the option of donating the money to The Committee to Protect Journalists, and said if someone succeeds, she would set up a “crowdfunding or Venmo situation whereby any others who wish to thank you for your bravery can add to the purse.”
Benincasa awaits the “inevitable sacred moment” of awarding the $300.
The face of a woman quietly and serenely awaiting the inevitable sacred moment when she hears it is time to award the $300 #wakandagate prize (and pass along $$$ from kindly other donors to the noble journalist who does the right thing.) pic.twitter.com/rWlyglNeU5
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) January 14, 2018
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