‘Veep’s’ vice president Selina Meyer is no longer a fictional character after Kamala Harris’ historic win, making her the first-ever female vice-president of the United States of America.
The race for the presidential elections 2020 was one of a kind. A lot happened between the times when Joe Biden was declared the new President-elect of the United States till he took the oath of the office. Without going into the details of those events, it is to be celebrated that the world’s oldest democracy elected in Kamala Harris as its first female Vice-President or “veep”, as they say in pop-culture. Until now, people only imagined their female veep in Selina Meyers on the drama titled ‘Veep’. Now that we have a real veep with us, comparisons are, of course, expected. Let’s find out if Kamala Harris has anything in common with her fictional counterpart Selina Meyer.
- Selina Meyer now has real competition
- Are Selina Meyer and Kamala Harris similar?
Selina Meyer now has real competition
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays Selina Meyers, tweeted: “‘Madam Vice President’ is no longer a fictional character”, just after Kamala Harris was declared the Vice President of the USA. But, ‘Veep’s’ showrunner revealed Selina Meyer would actually hate the new real-life VP.
And, why not? Kamala Harris is America’s first Black, first female, and first South Asian vice president-elect.
Louis-Dreyfus didn’t stop after her initial tweet. She chased it with another one congratulating then-President-elect Joe Biden and specifically congratulating the people who ran the campaign for the Democrats.
Her post read, “Democracy endures. Congratulations to our President-Elect @JoeBiden and our first female Vice-President-Elect @KamalaHarris, Mr President-Elect, enjoy your ice cream today. Would you like some cake to go with it?”
Before Kamala Harris became the real veep, it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus portraying Vice President Selina Meyer for seven seasons on HBO’s critically acclaimed political comedy. For her outstanding performance, she won six Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Moreover, she got an additional three for producing the series. The actress is political in real life and she appeared at the Democratic National Convention to support Biden and Harris’s ticket.
Are Selina Meyer and Kamala Harris similar?
But David Mandel, the show’s executive producer, clarified that Louis Dreyfus may have been happy about Kamala Harris’ new job as Vice President, but her ‘Veep’ character Selina Meyer wouldn’t have been.
Mandel revealed to Los Angeles Times, “I want to be very clear about this: Selina Meyer would hate Kamala Harris”.
He explained that there’s just no doubt about how much Selina would hate her. She would detest her intelligence, and how much people like her. She’s definitely gonna loathe how popular Kamala is.
Whatever Selina might be feeling, Twitter hailed Kamala Harris’ win and roared in celebration.
Louis-Dreyfus’ own infamous awkward dancing as Elaine on the hit sitcom ‘Seinfeld’, was used as a meme to celebrate the historic occasion of Kamala’s win.
By the way Julia, you need to release an Elaine dance clip to celebrate this momentous occasion, please 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/IdpdraMlkp
Kamala Harris win was especially a great moment for women of the country. This election was historic first they were unsure would happen in their lifetimes. One women wrote in exuberance,
My daughter is dancing around the house singing “Kamala’s my BFF!” over and over.
I don’t think it’s possible to overstate how big this moment is for young girls everywhere.
Even though both Selina Meyer and Kamala Harris are loved by a large section of people, Kamala Harris scores more because she, along with being the first woman veep, is also the first Black and first South-Asian Vice President. America was waiting for centuries for this to happen. She will always have a special place in the eyes of Americans, more than what any fictional character like Selina Meyer can have.
Let us know if you think Kamala Harris is pretty much similar to Selina Meyers from ‘Veep’ in her actions. Drop your thoughts about the HBO comedy ‘Veep’ in the comments box below.