I don’t hear much anymore about the Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff, but he was a big thing for a while, lots of appearances and interviews, people repeating his jokes, etc. I remember when he was asked about growing up in Russia — did he ever see American teevee programs? He said the Three Stooges were very popular: the kids were told that these were typical Americans, behaving as most American behaved and that was what America was like.
That always got a good laugh from the audience.
Click forward to the present. Thanks to this internetish thing, if Russian audiences want to see American (or any other) teevee, they have plenty of resources. What this suggests is that if Russian authorities want to show impressionable children what typical Americans say, think, do, and look like, they could show President Trumpf in action.
“Look — that’s their leader! President Felthercrotch! Freely elected, just like our own President Putin!”
Scary thought, innit? We were better served by Moe Larry & Curly.
My favorite Smirnoff observation: asked to name something entirely unheard of in the Soviet Union but commonplace in the United States, he said, “Warning shots.”