Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a former top Verizon executive and now he's about to hand Verizon billions of dollars in public subsidy by striking down net neutrality rules, which is a really funny coincidence!
Pai apparently agrees. He gave a presentation at the Federal Communications Bar Association (the "telecom prom") which featured a funny, funny video which Pai described as a "leaked, 14-year-old video" in which he appears in Verizon's DC office where another exec describes a "Manchurian candidate" plan to take over the FCC by "brainwashing and grooming a Verizon puppet to install as FCC chairman."
Even funnier! The person who played the sinister Verizon executive was Kathy Grillo, a real-life sinister Verizon exec -- the company's current deputy general counsel and senior vice president.
The whole thing was backed by a hip-hop soundtrack built around 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and was liberally sprinkled with corny, rich lawyers using hip-hop slang like "Hey, 'G,' what up?"
One of the more egregious of Paiâs jokes, which reflects the frequent accusations that heâs a corporate shill, comes at the 20:00 mark. âIn collusionâI mean, in conclusion, sorry, my badâmany people are still shell-shocked that Iâm up here tonight,â he says. âThey ask themselves, how on earth did this happen?â
Pai then rolls what he describes as a âleaked, 14-year-old video,â saying he can âno longer hide from the truth.â
The video is a skit that opens to 50 Centâs âIn Da Clubâ and takes place at âVerizonâs DC Officeâ in 2003, where Pai worked as an attorney before joining the FCC a few years later. A random Verizon executive tells him: âAs you know, the FCC is captured by the industry, but we think itâs not captured enough, so we have a plan.â
âWhat plan?â Pai asks.
âWe want to brainwash and groom a Verizon puppet to install as FCC chairman,â the executive says. âThink âManchurian Candidate.ââ
âThat sounds awesome,â Pai responds.
Leaked Video Shows FCC Chair Ajit Pai Roasting Himself With 'Jokes' About Being a Verizon Shill [Dell Cameron and Rhett Jones/Gizmodo]