We’ve all been there, trapped in conversations when you just know that the other person dgaf about what you’re saying. You could be saying literally anything, criticising their looks, the way they dress or their bad breath and they would be perservering with their own musings regardless. Anything you say is simply a platform for them to interject, not interact.
John Hendren, commonly known as @fart on Twitter, experimented with this brand of one-sided conversation, except he did it on live TV, while he was being interviewed about Edward Snowden. No matter how much he talked about the fictional artificial man Edward Scissorhands, instead of the exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden, HLN talk show host Yasmin Vossoughian just presses on regardless.
Hendren begins as though he may well actually be willing to engage in a discussion about Snowden, but soon descends into constant Scissorhands references, moving the conversation back to the cult character whenever possible.
"Well, you know, to say that he couldn’t harm somebody with what he did – he could, absolutely he could, says Hendren. "But to cast him out, to make him invalid in society simply because he has scissors for hands – I mean, that’s strange. People didn’t get scared until he started sculpting shrubs into dinosaur shapes and whatnot.
"We’re treating him like an animal, somebody who should be quarantined and put away. 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."
At the end of the interview, Vossoughian, despite having not listened to a single thing he’d said, thanks him for his opinion. Watch the whole thing below.