In his “I Won’t Vote Trump!” parody of “I Won’t Grow Up” from Peter Pan, Randy Rainbow directly addresses the camera to acknowledge past mistakes involving racist and transphobic jokes he made on Twitter a decade ago.
Pretending to address Donald Trump before looking right to camera, he says the awful tweets were part of his awful comedic persona:
I posted offensive things for shock value… The difference was I was doing it satirically. You know, using irony and exaggeration to point out absurdity. Saying and doing things through a persona I wasn’t actually saying and doing… I changed my act when I realized there were actually awful things actually being said and done by actually awful people — just like you.
As of this post Randy says the video has raised $10,000 for headcount.org, a voting rights nonprofit.
Image: YouTube / Randy Rainbow