In fact, to the best of my recollection, except in the context of speaking about the ratings downfall of The Tonight Show, I don’t think we’ve featured a clip from the show since we boycotted it back in September of 2016 (it’s possible that I am wrong, and that another writer who has come in since the ban posted one and I have forgotten about it). We were upset — and are still upset — with the way that Fallon normalized Trump, though I do understand that he has taken a slightly harder position against Trump.
So, what’s the clip that would inspire us to break the Fallon embargo? It’s not the Will Smith video from last night, in which Fallon and Smith did a medley of beloved TV theme songs, although it is very fun.
I posted that to the Pajiba Slack and mused about whether it was worth breaking the boycott. That clip, alone, is not, although bless Will Smith for never passing up an opportunity to perform the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
But, no: Not that clip. It’s another one that Tori posted in response to that video. It is Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie performing the Duck Tales song. Why is this clip worth breaking the embargo. Well, watch.
My thinking is this: If John Bolton is going to start raining bombs down in North Korea and we all end up in World War III, I personally want to go out like Brendon Urie, shaking my ass gleefully and singing The Ducktales theme song with a huge goddamn grin on my face. If only we could all approach life with the same enthusiasm as Urie approaches Ducktales. I love it. Every time this morning that I return to Twitter, I watch this again to cleanse my palate.
Totally worth it. Tell me that your life isn’t better with that video in it.
But also, suck it, Fallon.