Saturday 24 February 2018

TV guest asked to discuss Edward Snowden, discusses Edward Scissorhands instead - and anchor appears not to notice

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A clip is circulating on the internet which appears to show a news reporter interviewing a man about Edward Snowden, and not noticing when he discusses Edward Scissorhands instead.

Comedian and notorious troll Jon Hendren tweeted a YouTube clip that he claimed was his first appearance on national television and the clip (and many copies) are going viral online.

The video appears to show a segment from the 'Daily Share' show on the HLN Network, owned by CNN, in which journalist Yasmin Vossoughian interviews Hendren about Snowden joining Twitter.

The interview starts innocuously, with Hendren speaking in vague terms that could apply to either Edward.

However, when asked if Snowden could have hurt someone, Hendren replied "Absolutely he could".

"But I think to cast him out, to make him invalid in society, simply because he has scissors for hands — I mean that’s strange".

"Uninterrupted, he continued: People didn’t get scared until he started sculpting shrubs into dinosaur shapes and what-not".

Hendren's Twitter handle is broadcast on the screen at the beginning of the piece. His Twitter handle is '@fart'.

He got more brazen throughout the piece, even referring to the subject of discussion as Edward Scissorhands during an answer.

"Just because he was created on top of a mountain by Vincent Price, and incomplete, with scissors for hands and no heart...Edward Scissorhands is a complete hero to me".

Vossoughian then asked him "But what about the choice he made to live in a country like Russia?"

“I mean, where else is he going to go? You know?” asks Hendren. “We cast him out. We got scared when he poked a hole in a waterbed with his scissor fingers, and that was unreasonable of us.”

The interviewer thanked him for his contribution.

Questions are being raised as to whether the journalist was being polite, ignoring or didn't notice the comments, or whether the footage is real at all. The Daily Share and HLN are focused on social, viral and trending news and some are convinced the piece is some genius viral marketing.

Neither the Daily Share, HLN, CNN nor Yasmin Vossoughian have addressed the online furore.

Hendren is a well-known troll online. His previous pranks include rallying thousands of people to vote to send singer Pitbull to Alaska by hijacking a Walmart promotional competition with the hashtag #ExilePitbull. The rules were that Pitbull would visit the most-liked (on Facebook) Walmart in America and thanks to Hendren and a friend, the most like Walmart page in the world is now one in Kodiak, Alaska.

HLN (formerly first CNN2, then Headline News, then CNN Headline News) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. The channel is a spin-off of the U.S. Cable News Network.

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