Leaning into "Diamond Joe". Why no shirtless car wash? https://t.co/KdhQPdqZyI
— Hashishin of hope (@Hashishin of hope)
If you aren't aware of 'Diamond Joe' then you might not have read the satirical newspaper The Onion between the years of 2009 and 2019. This version of Biden wasn't a serious politician, who was friends with Barack Obama and had been the vice president but a blue-collar worker, who did odd jobs, was a bit of a party animal, listened to heavy metal and drove around in rad sports cars, like in the above video.
Joe: I hid all the pens from Trump
Joe: Because he bringing his own.
Joe: HE'S BRINGING HIS… https://t.co/gZ1Sy2xRgO
— Wout - The Hashtagonist (@Wout - The Hashtagonist)
However, the character hasn't been seen since a March 2019 article titled 'Biden Pulls Off Dusty Tarp Covering Old Campaign Motorcycle.' In an essay published by Vice, former Onion writer and features editor Joe Garden, apologised for making Biden such a success and not taking a more critical look at the former vice president. Garden wrote:
If you’ve ever thought of Joe Biden as a clueless but lovable clod, a well-meaning klutz who is predictable, friendly, and ultimately electable, I am in small part responsible for that image. And I’m sorry. Instead of viciously skewering a public figure who deserved scrutiny, we let him off easy. The joke was funny, but it didn’t hit hard enough.
We knew through inside sources that at the time people in the White House loved those pieces, and that should have been a red flag. As a guideline, if the people you’re satirizing aren’t mad, then you should dig deeper. I hope that my alma mater, and everyone else in comedy, follows this rule now that Diamond Joe is back.
Although The Onion appears no longer interested in the Diamond Joe character, the Democratic candidate is certainly doing his best to remind everyone, whether he knows it or not.