Rudy Giuliani’s presence on “The Masked Singer” may have been the one positive aspect of the show’s creators’ desire for surprise.
During Wednesday night’s episode of “The Masked Singer,” a former New York City mayor and a Trump lawyer were revealed as the Jack in the Box.
After a dancer cranked his crank, the disguised Giuliani sprung out of his captivity to perform George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ “Bad to the Bone” to the delight of the show’s crowd and judges.
There was no indication of who he was, and the show’s suggestions concentrated on the fact that Giuliani performs weddings on a regular basis.
Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke, two of the judges who had previously expressed their displeasure with the casting of Giuliani, were surprised when Giuliani’s identity was revealed at the end of the show—a fact that had already been reported by Deadline in February on numerous judges’ storming off set.
Giuliani’s encore performance seemed to have a sombre tone, with Jeong visibly irritated and crossing his arms. Even Nick Cannon, who is known for his exuberance on “The Masked Singer,” was taken aback when he learned of the singer’s appearance. Not at all.
A more credible member of the entertainment industry than Robert Duvall or Elon Musk or Joe Pesci had been the judges’ estimates as to Giuliani’s identity.
It’s not unusual for political people to appear on shows like this one, but Giuliani’s involvement in the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election would seem to prohibit him from participating.
For a program that has been a unifying force in pop culture since its 2019 debut, this is a disappointing turn.
Although Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, has participated on the show in the past, and her appearance could have been more controversial if things were more stable.
This edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will be noted for Palin’s performance of “Baby Got Back” on March 20, 2020, the same night that Tom Hanks announced he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and the NBA postponed its season.
However, if Sarah Palin’s rhetoric (prior to her current bid for Congress in Alaska) predicted our current, perilous political moment, Rudy Giuliani’s is totally indicative of it.
Attorney Giuliani requested that a Republican prosecutor in the state of Michigan send over voting machines to his client Trump’s campaign following the 2020 election defeat.
For making “demonstrably false and misleading claims” about the outcome of the election, he lost his license to practice law in New York.
As part of an effort to defy the will of the people, he worked to place illegal electors to cast votes on behalf of seven states Trump defeated.
This is a particularly sad finish for the mayor of New York City who led the city on September 11, 2001, even if Giuliani attempted to put a positive gloss on his appearance by stating it was intended to teach his baby granddaughter to take chances.
Although he’s a well-liked person, “The Masked Singer” isn’t taking advantage of that. Similarly, “Alaska Governor” Palin wasn’t booked because of her accomplishments as governor of the state.
The show wants its viewers to be enthralled by the scandal and mystery surrounding Giuliani. For what other reason would “The Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly” assign him to the ill-fated “Team Bad” and have him stutter through the lyrics of “Bad to the Bone” while singing talk-back? The show’s goal is to shock the audience.
“I’ve conducted many weddings in my life,” Giuliani replied when Scherzinger pressed him on the subject, skipping right over his scandalous aura. She said, “Your family is going to love it!” with a smile.)
To put things in perspective, the show’s host questioned the choice to book former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer for an appearance on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” because it looked bad.
Even though Fox News is owned by the same firm as Fox, casting Trump administration figures for uplifting moments has occurred elsewhere on the airwaves.
In the briefing room, Spicer lied, and Giuliani risked his reputation and everything he had to try and undo an election. I don’t think it’s funny or adorable, and it’s not a narrative worthy of celebration.
Giuliani’s humiliation ought to be matched with the public’s refusal to give him any more attention after today’s episode of “The Masked Singer,” a show that often finds human salvation and fun freewheelingness in the poorest of performances.
For some, everything is a joke. The casting of Giuliani here looks less like an ideological statement about his worth and more like a comeback for the 1990s chanteuse Jewel, who won the last “Masked Singer.”
It would be as eccentric and entertaining as a return for Giuliani. Treating Giuliani as a plaything for our culture, although one who has made some contentious choices, is not a matter of policy disagreement, or of being a touch too sombre about the lighter side of the news.
If given the chance, a strong character on Fox’s show would have hammered the final nail in the coffin of our country’s democratic system. It is hoped that Fox will take this into consideration. The attention this episode drew to an elderly franchise, however, may indicate that they are content with the outcome.