During a pandemic, in the midst of what looks like will be the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression, is a hell of a time to be having a mid-life crisis, but I’m sure that I’m not the only person in America right now who feels they should be doing something more impactful, like working at Trader Joe’s or finding creative ways to keep students learning from home feel more engaged, or going back to school to become a nurse, or even delivering necessary packages for Amazon. I may be getting too soft for this, because while some of my colleagues here and around the Internet still want to wage culture wars, I just want to find something positive to write about, and even that endeavor sometimes feels like sticking your hand in a blender to pull out a Tic Tac. I ain’t got no “scathing and bitchy” in me right now, although that certainly does not seem to be the case for many others.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, meanwhile, is also feeling salty about his job. Cuomo, who is on the mend from the virus, has actually provided more than a few positive, uplifting moments for the rest of us (along with his brother), but he’s feeling a little, “WTF am I doing with my life?” after his health scare. Who can blame him? Because it has to be incredibly frustrating to debate with disingenuous people who don’t even mean what they are saying or to try to make sense of the nonsensical when it comes to the President.
On a Sirius radio show this morning, Chris Cuomo unleashed those frustrations, all of which were apparently provoked by a passing biker who scolded Cuomo for being out despite his diagnosis. From the NYPost:
“I don’t want to spend my time doing things that I don’t think are valuable enough to me personally,” Cuomo said. “I don’t value indulging irrationality, hyper-partisanship.” Cuomo said his battle with COVID-19 has made him rethink his values and question his position as a public figure. “I don’t like what I do professionally,” he said. “I don’t think it’s worth my time.”
Cuomo then launched into a tale about a “loser biker” who confronted him on Easter Sunday for being outside his Southampton home with his family despite his coronavirus diagnosis. “I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bulls-t to me, I don’t want to hear it,” he said.
Cuomo said he wishes he could have acted like a regular Joe and told the biker to “go to hell. That matters to me more than making millions of dollars a year … because I’ve saved my money and I don’t need it anymore,” he said.
“I want to be able to tell you to go to hell, to shut your mouth … I don’t get that doing what I do for a living. Me being able to tell you to shut your mouth or I will do you the way you guys do each other.”
Oh, OK! Cool. I mean, some of us feel like we could be doing something more impactful and useful for the world right now, and some of us just want to be able to tell a biker to f**k off. I dig Cuomo and all, I get the frustration with the job, and I don’t actually think he fully means what he is saying, but it is worth noting that only people who already have millions of dollars can prioritize threatening to beat up a biker right now.
Also, with all due respect to Cuomo, he can avoid a lot of the irrational, hyper-partisanship by, for instance, refusing to invite Kellyanne Conway onto his show.
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