Edward Snowden and Edward Scissorhands. Who hasn’t confused those two?
That’s why we feel it’s our patriotic duty to present this below clip of full-time tech guru/ part-time satirist Jon Hendren — a man so ahead of the Silicon Valley curve he snatched up the Twitter handle @fart before anyone less deserving — appearing on the HLN program The Daily Share.
Hendren went on the show as a supposed supporter of Edward Snowden, the computer programmer behind the 2013 leaks of classified NSA information who has since taken up refuge in Russia and made headlines this week for joining Twitter. For the first part of the segment, Henden appears to be defending Snowden, referring to him as a “hero” and describing his actions as “ the most patriotic thing.”
But soon, Hendren begins stumping for that other famous Edward, the misunderstood hedge-chopper played by Johnny Depp in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands. “I think to cast him out, to make him invalid in society, just because he had scissors for hands, that’s really strange. Because people didn’t get scared until he started sculpting shrubs into dinosaur shapes and what not.”
Amazingly, Daily Share host Yasmin Vossoughian doesn’t even acknowledge Hendren’s jesting, we’re assuming because she was making the all-too-easy interviewer mistake of not actually listening to what the interviewee is saying.
So of course, Hendren continues. When asked if it’s hypocritical of Russia to accept Snowden given their own human rights violations, he fires back: “We’re treating him like an animal, like someone who should be quarantined or put away. Just because he was created on top of a mountain by Vincent Price, incomplete, with scissors for hands and no heart… Edward Scissorhands is a complete hero to me.”