9:23am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Big Bang Theory' Co-Creator Chuck Lorre Rips Donald Trump in Vanity Card
Chuck Lorre has long been known for his colorful and unpredictable vanity cards that come at the end of series like The Big Bang Theory — he even published a full book of them. But on Thursday, Lorre went a few steps further.
Days ahead of the presidential election, Lorre used his vanity card of the week to rip Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Although Trump's name is nowhere to be seen, his campaign slogan — "Make America great again"— is one of several references that point fairly clearly to Trump. The full title card reads:
"Don't be fooled. Big Daddy can't save us. Our salvation lies within ourselves. Within our own ingenuity and determined effort. 'Make America great again' is a bumper sticker for victimhood. 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."
This is not the first time Lorre has used his seconds of self-expression to tackle politics. Days before the 2012 presidential election, Lorre took aim at the GOP on Nov. 1, in which he specifically attacked the party's stance on gun control and same-sex marriage:
"What does it say about us when we are simultaneously pro-life and pro AK-47's? What does it say about us when God's will would allow a rapist to ask for shared custody and child support payments? What does it say about us when a black guy's in charge and we say things like 'it's time to take America back'? What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor? What does it say about us when we export democracy with Hellfire missiles, then restrict the right to vote here? What does it say about us when we build nuclear submarines to defend against exploding vests? What does it say about us when we think a guy who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, keeps his money offshore, stubs his toe and says 'H-E-double hockey sticks' and wears magical underwear can feel our pain? What does it say about us when we demand less government and more FEMA? What does it say about us when we completely forgot the colossal shit storm we were in four years ago?"
As of Thursday, Lorre has produced 541 vanity cards, using the platform to release his would-be Big Bang Theory Emmys acceptance speech and bash Chinese authorities for the show's ban as well as mock Mormons and slam Republicans, among other topics. Lorre's full library of vanity cards can be seen here.