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FCC’s Pai Reads Mean Tweets

Chairman mocks back at online troll attacks

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has channeled John Oliver in a new, self-mocking video where he reads some of the hateful tweets he has gotten since taking over the top job at the FCC and particularly since signaling his plan for rolling back Title II reclassification of ISPs.

In the video, courtesy of the Independent Journal Review, Pai even one-ups Oliver’s lampoon of his really big Reese’s Peanut Butter mug (see photo) in the video’s final frames.

It was not a big stretch for Pai, who has brought his humor to FCC meetings for years with song and cultural references peppering his public statements and even singing along to a protest song offered up at his first public meeting.

Pai says in the video that he enjoys the public debate about the future of the internet. The video certainly gives that impression as he jokingly reads the “mean tweets” and responds good naturedly, bobbling his head when he is likened to a bobble-head doll, for example, and defusing with humor various racially charged tweets.

“Go back to Africa were you came one,” he reads, answering “Do you even English, bro?” He follows that with: “Ajit Pai is another fascist who needs to be apprehend and to be put on trial for crimes against the people. The Guillotines are coming.” His response: “Well, you’re not going to catch me if I’m back in Africa, now are ya?”

One tweet asks why no one has pointed out how Pai looks like Theodore from The Chipmunks. Pai answers, with the vocal sped up to mimic the Chipmunks: “At 78 rpm, I think you have a point.” (Editor’s note: The voice actually sounds a little more like Marcel the Shell)

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