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Troll hijacks HLN segment; anchor appears not to notice

A troll, who goes by the handle @fart on Twitter, named Jon Hendren was booked on HLN’s The Daily Share to discuss NSA leaker Edward Snowden joining Twitter. Only, what Hendren wanted to discuss was Edward Scissorhands — a Tim Burton film.

It made for a rather interesting scene, because HLN anchor Yasmin Vossoughian either noticed that he wasn’t talking about Snowden and respectfully chose to overlook it, or she truly didn’t notice that she was being trolled on live TV.

Starting it off, Vossoughian asked, “Jon, Twitter shut down ISIS’ account, why do you think Snowden is any different?”

“He’s a hero. He’s doing what any one of us should have done in that situation,” Hendren replied. “He’s got a voice. He’s been isolated for so long.”

So far, so good…

“Well, you know, to say he couldn’t harm someone … well, absolutely he could,” Hendren said. “But I think 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.”

“Well, now Snowden’s living in Russia.”

It goes downhill from there.

“We’re treating him like an animal, like someone who should be quarantined and put away,” insisted Hendren. “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.”

After Hendren later referenced “scissors for hands,” Vossoughian calmly thanked her guest. “Well, John, I appreciate you giving us your opinion.”

Hendren, for his part, tweeted:

(H/t New York Magazine)


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