Tuesday 30 January 2018

Hillary Clinton sends up Trump in surprise Fire and Fury skit at Grammys

Clinton joined John Legend, Cardi B and Cher in a skewering of Trump that saw the group read excerpts from Michael Wolffs’s tell-all book

In an unexpected prerecorded segment at Sunday night’s Grammy awards, Hillary Clinton read a few lines from Michael Wolff’s bombshell Trump White House exposé Fire and Fury. The former secretary of state was the last of several famous folks to appear in the video, in which Grammys host James Corden pretends to be auditioning narrators for the Fire and Fury audiobook.

In the run-up to the video, Corden joked that by next year’s awards the Trump presidency will have inspired a spoken word album and potential Grammy nominee. Spoofing the concept, John Legend appeared reading from the book, which contains allegations that caused a media firestorm upon its release earlier this month.

“Trump won’t read anything,” Legend said. “He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”

“His comb-over: a product called Just for Men,” noted Cher, who was followed by Snoop Dogg and then the rapper Cardi B, who read the now-notorious excerpt about the president’s supposed affinity for eating cheeseburgers in bed. “Why am I reading this shit?” she asked.

After a cameo from DJ Khaled, Clinton lowered the book to reveal herself. “One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds,” Clinton read aloud. “Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.”

While chuckles from the live New York City audience could be heard upon Clinton’s appearance, not everyone was amused. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vented her frustration with Clinton’s cameo on Twitter.

Wolff’s book, which has sold more than 1.7m copies and has sat atop the New York Times bestseller list for three weeks, has come under fire for what many regard as unsubstantiated claims and lax fact-checking. Nevertheless, Endeavor Content purchased the film and television rights to the book last week in a deal rumored to exceed seven figures.

(Source: The Guardian)

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