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Poll: Should Northam resign over EVMS yearbook controversy?

Posted at 10:44 AM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 23:44:59-05

RICHMOND, Va. — While the three top politicians in Virginia are dealing with very serious controversies, late-night comedians and humor publications are making light of the Commonwealth’s unfortunate situation.

With Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring facing blackface controversies, plus Lt. Gov. Fairfax facing a sexual assault allegation, comedians have had a lot of material to work with.

Fingers were pointed at Virginia as Saturday Night Live brought up Northam saying he dressed up as Michael Jackson for a dance competition and had a skit depicting Virginia leaders not understanding the meaning behind blackface.

On social media and on late night shows many also asked: “Who wants to be Governor of Virginia?” This poking fun at how all three men at the top could possibly resign depending on how these controversies shake out.

We want to know if you think Gov. Northam should resign or not in the poll below:

Others have also poked fun at Gov. Northam for almost moonwalking during his Saturday news conference after the racist EVMS yearbook photo came out on Friday.

“Have we tried unplugging Virginia for 15 minutes,” said Comedy Central’s The Daily Show it a Tweet. The hourlong show on Comedy Central also made fun of Virginia’s state sign by photoshopping “No Shirt, No Shoe Polish, NO SERVICE” underneath  “Welcome to Virginia.”

Barstool News Network asked in a tweet humorously: “Would you like to be Governor of Virginia.”

Here are a few clips from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, along with The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central: 

  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert makes fun of Northam for almost moonwalking during his Saturday news conference. A day after the racist photo came out.

  • With a week of turmoil in the Commonwealth, Stephen Colbert asked: “Who wants to be Governor of Virginia?”

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah calls controversy with Northam a “racism dumpster fire.”

For the latest on the controversies surrounding all three men:

For full coverage on Gov. Northam’s yearbook photo controversy, click here.

Click here for more coverage on Mark Herring’s blackface controversy 

To read more on the sexual assault allegation against Lt. Gov. Fairfax, click here.