A late-night comedy show poked fun at Edwardsville on Monday, about a week after the Belleville News-Democrat published a story on the school district’s decision to cancel class on the day of the total solar eclipse.
Comedy Central’s @midnight is a nightly game show featuring a host and three comedians who compete to make the funniest comments on stories from “the recesses of social media.”
Host Chris Hardwick took up the BND’s story and pointed out that the district canceled classes for safety concerns on August 21.
“Kids in one Illinois town will get a bonus day of freedom because their school board voted to cancel class during the solar eclipse in August out of fear that students will look directly in the sun and hurt their little peepers,” Hardwick said. “Which they could do at home, but not the school’s problem there.”
Edwardsville school superintendent Lynda Andre has said the end of the school day coincides with the time of the eclipse, adding that the district can’t “account for whether (children will) look at the sun” as they’re headed home from school. The superintendent said the district is responsible for children’s safety until they get home.
Looking at the sun without proper protection can cause photokeratitis — essentially a sunburn of the eye.
Or, as @midnight host Hardwick described it, “how nature weeds out dumbasses.”
Hardwick asked guest comedian trio Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy on Monday night’s show to give other reasons school might be canceled.
“Someone said there’s a big dog outside,” Griffin McElroy said.
“Science has been outlawed,” Travis McElroy said.
“All the dissected frogs came back to life and it’s awesome,” Justin McElroy said.
“It’s daytime but you can still kind of see the moon,” Griffin added. “I’m out of here!”
Granite City school district also opted to cancel classes, but was not mentioned on the show.
The @midnight show was canceled recently, according to Entertainment Weekly, and will end Aug. 4.