Seth Meyers' Netflix show has a button for skipping Trump jokes

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The feature will appear in Meyers’ Netflix special, Lobby Baby. It works in the same way as the service’s ‘skip intro,’ jumping past anything the comedian says about Trump.

"It dawned on me that because it was on Netflix, there would be this opportunity to put in technology that would allow people to skip it," Meyers told CNN Business. "It was a way to build in the response to anyone who would say, 'Oh, let me guess there's going to be jokes about the President.'"

The button is a one-off and isn’t meant to be taken seriously—most people who are offended by Trump jokes are unlikely to watch the show—but it’s still a clever feature that could eventually find uses elsewhere.

Meyers himself doesn’t expect people to use the button. "I think, look, sometimes at a fancy restaurant they'll put parsley on your plate and you'll think, well, that's a nice touch, but you're not going to eat the parsley," he said.

Netflix's other experiments in recent times include choose-your-own-adventure Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. It’s also testing a feature that allows some Android phone users to speed up TV shows or movies.

Lobby Baby is now available on Netflix.

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Uncle Al

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Oh I like it .... could we get it for all TV stations? Not the jokes, just skip over him anytime he's on ....
 

MrCommunistGen

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I'd be curious if the button itself was a bit of a gag... like if it pops up right at the beginning and if you click on it, it just jumps to the end:
"THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT!" *roll credits*
 
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MaXtor

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Politics aside, I've heard some great Trump jokes, but most are just lazy comedy. Especially the recent impressions of him by comedians who have a clear hatred of him. The great Norm Macdonald once said, you have to like someone or at least find the humanity in them to satirically impersonate them.
 
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