US talk show host Seth Meyers has ridiculed Republican Party politicians and supporters for talking about “nonsense cultural war BS”, adding that it’s because they have “nothing else to talk about”.
The presenter’s comments follow several complaints from commentators around the supposed “cancelling” of figures such as children’s author Dr Seuss and Pepé Le Pew from Looney Tunes.
Meyers said: “They don’t have a convincing criticism of the Democrats’ massive Covid relief bill because it’s overwhelmingly popular, even with their own voters.
“The GOP and Fox News can’t criticise it, so they’d rather not tell their voters about it at all.
“Great, so one of our major political coalitions is concerned mostly with the deadly disease rampaging the country and the ensuing economic crash, and the other political coalition cares mostly about a minor Dr Seuss book called McElligot’s Pool.”
Meyers’ comments come after it was revealed that the French cartoon skunk Pepé Le Pew will not star in the upcoming sequel to the 1996 film, Space Jam, following criticism that the character “normalised rape culture”.
The news was met with frustration from Fox News presenters, with Brian Kilmeade claiming that there’s “no end in sight”.
“Nobody is perfect enough for the masses,” Kilmeade said.
“I’m not saying he’s a perfect cartoon character but, believe it or not, I’m not looking to cartoons as my role models.”
Elsewhere, Donald Trump Jr and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy were amongst those criticising the decision by Dr Seuss Enterprises to take six of the author’s books out of print, due to portrayals which are “hurtful and wrong”.