Oh boy. We may have finally reached that point where we can tell you a story about the TV show Happy Days.
Happy Days was a veritable television phenomenon, and built an enormous amount of the pop culture infrastructure that we are still encapsulated in today. The show completely revolutionized the way we viewed character and plot development on television, paving the way for the long-arc overlaying the episodic conflict. Not only would there be no Zach Morris without The Fonz, there’s a pretty real possibility that Saved By The Bell would never have existed without Happy Days.
But the iconic and groundbreaking show also brought us the downside to longevity in the public eye, as the show’s creators felt compelled to constantly outdo their last episode in order to stay on top. This is led to some ridiculous storylines, one of which involved The Fonz literally jumping a shark while waterskiing.
Hence the term jump the shark.
Roger Stone, a rather unique and longstanding character in American politics, may be suiting up for just such a ridiculous, overblown attempt at attention himself, spouting one of the most outlandish conspiracy theories of our time.
Roger Stone suggested Monday that Bill Gates may have had a hand in the creation of coronavirus so that he could plant microchips in people’s heads to know who has and has not been tested for COVID-19.
“Whether Bill Gates played some role in the creation and spread of this virus is open for vigorous debate. I have conservative friends who say it’s ridiculous and others say absolutely,” Stone told Joe Piscopo, host of the radio program “The Answer” on 970 AM, who had asked about conspiracy theories regarding the pandemic.
“He and other globalists are using it for mandatory vaccinations and microchipping people so we know if they’ve been tested. Over my dead body. Mandatory vaccinations? No way, Jose!” Stone told a fawning Piscopo, who referred to President Trump’s longtime adviser as “a legend.”
Stone went on to make some far less salacious proclamations as well, including his belief that the 2020 election will be a far more competitive contest than people are prepared for.