The internet blew up this afternoon over one weird ranting climate change tweet by one weird game show host. Here was the offending(?) statement:
I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
And while it prompted some clever responses...
...turns out, this is Pat Sajak's whole shtick. As the episode went viral, Sajak added this explanation to the mix.
Sometimes it's fun to poke a stick in a hornets' nest just to hear the buzzing.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
O rly, Pat? Well, while it's difficult to tell whether Sajak's efforts to seem edgy on Twitter are sincere or not, we do know that this isn't new.
But like the climate, Sajak has been heating up. Lately, he seems to have really gotten into blasting short missives about climate change and general tidbits of annoyance at liberal things to his roughly 50,000 followers. Here's a recent sampler:
Prods at climate change:
Very hot weather: "We're all going to die!" Very cold weather: "There's a difference between climate & weather, moron!"— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 11, 2014
Traveled from Caribbean to East Coast today. Climate did change. That settles it; I'm a believer.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) January 2, 2014
I miss the pre-climate change days when it didn't get too hot or cold, or too wet or dry, or too stormy or calm or...— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) January 7, 2014
In East with more snow. Miss pre-climate change days growing up in Chicago. Always 65-70 with occasional gentle rain.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 25, 2014
General smarm directed at liberal sacred cows:
Skeet shooting in Hillsdale, MI. (Don't worry...they were free range skeet.) pic.twitter.com/YHUPc1k0nA— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 9, 2014
My interest in Al Gore's pronouncements could fit into a gnat's navel & still leave room for a Liberal's sense of humor.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 7, 2014
Hired Wendy Davis PR firm to redo my bio. Turns out I was orphaned. Then reform school, migrant worker. Very inspiring.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) January 21, 2014
Critiques of the liberal media or whatever:
Reportedly, msnbc streamlining apology process by creating computer template for on-air staff.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) January 13, 2014
NY Times: All the news that fits, we print.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) December 31, 2013
Palin-esque foreign policy jabs:
Well, whad'ya know? Turns out Putin is also a community organizer.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 5, 2014
Jokes about healthcare and the IRS scandal:
Happy birthday tomorrow, George Washington. Your father thought if he liked his cherry tree, he could keep it. Period.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) February 21, 2014
Met a nice woman who said she'd check my tax return for free. Says she's an expert. Name is Lerner, I think.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) April 11, 2014
And one paranoid 4/20 tweet:
George Orwell was right, other than missing by 30 years.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) April 20, 2014
In addition to this slight libertarian bent, Republicans and Congress in general seem spared from Sajak's Twitter ire. Maybe he assumes this is his audience. But also, who cares?
Ultimately, this is a totally unremarkable revealing of a public figure's private side. But, I suppose, if we're collectively going to isolate and react to one Sajak tweet, we might as well glance at his whole dumb digital oeuvre and realize that it, like much of Twitter, isn't terribly interesting.
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