This week, Tucker Carlson carried out an interview with Vladimir Putin for his present on X. The interview, which is over two hours lengthy, was ostensibly an try and interview the Russian chief concerning the battle in Ukraine. As an alternative of doing that, nonetheless, Putin as an alternative launched right into a prolonged digression about his personal model of Russian historical past earlier than razzing Carlson to his face.
I’ll say this: This interview is definitely the funniest factor I’ve seen all 12 months. Granted, it’s solely been six weeks because the begin of 2024, however Carlson’s awkward, bizarre discuss with Russia’s autocrat had me doubled over laughing a number of instances.
There are a number of layers to the humor. For one factor, Carlson was pressured to fly to the Kremlin to conduct this interview. This context, in and of itself, is humorous. Tucker is summoned to his interview topic’s royal palace, hoping, I’m certain, for an informative and thrilling dialogue that will lend itself nicely to his different/rightwing/infotainment fashion of internet content material. What he acquired, as an alternative, was a comically boring historical past lesson about nationwide borders and an ongoing stream of insults. The dumbfounded look of confusion on Carlson’s face as Putin droned on incessantly is actually one thing to be savored:
That stated, Tucker tried his darnedest to get one thing commercially viable out of his chat. At virtually each flip, nonetheless, Putin undermined these makes an attempt, opting as an alternative to mock Carlson and make him appear like an fool.
One of many extra memorable examples of this was when Putin instructed Carlson, in so many phrases, that he was clearly too silly to get a job on the CIA (which Carlson ironically attempted to do previous to turning into an anti-Deep State shill):
At one other juncture, Carlson requested Putin if he noticed God’s design in world political affairs. With a bored look that appeared to suggest he was speaking to somebody with a beneath common IQ, Putin merely stated “no” earlier than explaining that worldwide legal guidelines ruled world occasions, not a deity.
There are clearly loads of issues you possibly can say about Vladimir Putin however that he’s unintelligent just isn’t one in every of them. Putin’s demeanor all through a lot of the interview with Carlson is kind of that of a person making an attempt to clarify algebra to a goat.
The memes impressed by the episode have been plentiful and hilarious. I favored this one:
And this one:
And this one:
That Carlson wished to interview an influential world chief who’s presently engaged in a brutal battle is commendable, although it’s troublesome to not really feel that Carlson’s content material is all the time beholden to a broader ideological narrative designed to rile up viewers with out giving them plenty of context. I’d prefer to see a superb interview with Putin, though this wasn’t it. It made me chuckle although.