The US election is right around the corner and both Donald Trump and Joe Biden are seemingly doing everything in their power to convince people to give them their vote.
While Donald Trump continues to embarrass himself on national television, Biden is on Twitter talking about cars and driving, in what all in all, is a pretty sweet and heartfelt campaign video.
Although people seem to like the advert, many people have been mentioning the name 'Diamond Joe'.
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.
The parody character appeared in more than 50 articles in ten years on The Onion, which included him wearing a leather jacket and (not much else) to a debate, getting a job installing above ground pools for the summer and receiving a lifetime ban from the Dave & Buster's restaurant chain. The character basically became a meme, with many of the quite frankly hilarious stories going viral and was arguably the inspiration for the memes that dominated the internet of Obama and Biden laying pranks in place for Trump before he arrived at the White House.
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.