TV megaproducer Chuck Lorre puts what’s called a vanity card during the end credits of his shows, where Lorre writes a short essay or pithy observation about something he’s thinking about. The ideas expressed in the blink-and-you-miss-’em slides are abnormally candid for a celebrity of Lorre’s stature. For example? The vanity card at the end of Thursday (November 3) night’s The Big Bang Theory was a strongly-worded condemnation of Donald Trump, coming just days before the Presidential election.
Lorre’s vanity card at the end of “The Veracity Elasticity” blasts Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric:
“‘Make America great again’ is a bumper sticker for victimhood,” Lorre writes, referencing Trump’s campaign slogan. “But we are not victims. We are the creators of opportunity. Sure the system’s rigged. It always has been. So what?! We are a nation of immigrants who have consistently ignored the rigging. You won’t let us join your club? %#&@ you, we’ll start our own club. You won’t let us go to your school? %#&@ you, we’ll start our own school. You won’t let us earn money your way? %#&@ you, we’ll earn it our way. You won’t give us a chance here? %#&@ you, we will go elsewhere. You want to know what makes America great? I got two words for you.”
It’s rare for the producer of a show like The Big Bang Theory, which appeals to viewers of all political persuasions, to take such a vehement political stance that runs the risk of alienating half his audience. But Lorre has a history of outspokenness in his vanity cards, which has at times put him at odds with CBS executives, who have censored his cards in the past.
Several of Lorre’s vanity cards on this season of The Big Bang Theory so far have had anti-Trump, pro-Obama messages, but none this explicit. Lorre has been writing vanity cards taking digs at Trump since 2006, when Trump was the host of The Apprentice and Lorre was executive producer of Two and a Half Men. All of Lorre’s vanity cards can be seen on his website.
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The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.
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