Jimmy Fallon’s Beto O’Rourke Hopes To Break Internet, Eclipse Pete Buttigieg
NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has launched a Short Form Series Beto Breaks The Internet wherein Beto O’Rourke (played by Jimmy Fallon) produces a what he hopes are viral videos on six different social media platforms in order to get out the word about his 2020 run for the White House. The initial list includes YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, MySpace, and TikTok.
NBC has made all six videos will be available on The Tonight Show YouTube page as well as BetoBreaksTheInternet.com, a parody site that NBC says explains his “thesis” for the project.
In “Beto’s” Facebook outing – see above – he takes questions from fans, demonstrating dubious judgement in choice of questions to answer.
In his second stab at breaking the Internet, “Beto” is challenged as he tries to record soothing ASMR sounds for YouTube, including the sound of his heart beating 600 times a minute which, he insists, impresses even hummingbirds. He admits it’s the first time in his life he ever has whispered. Recording ASMR also is not is not his strong suit:
By the time he gets around to demonstrating his workout routine on Instagram, in Episode 4, it’s pretty clear Beto/Fallon is trying to break the internet because the media is breaking his heart, having moved on to another 2020 hopeful, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg:
“Hi, I’m Beto O’Rourke and I’m excited!” he shouted, flinging his arms about while his “wife” hung on for dear life. Donald Trump would love it, having already asked the press if Beto is nuts or are the hand gestures part of his routine, signaling how he intends to mock the candidate during the race.
In that first Fallon-as-Beto video, the candidate explained to viewers who did not know him that he is “like if a compassionate head nod turned into a person,” adding that he is such a compassionate man, “When I eat salads, I thank every single leaf for its sacrifice.”
Borrowing a line from that now ridiculous Vanity Fair cover-story interview, “Beto” added, “I was born to do this!”: