Cosmo's Conspiracy Theories Would Put Him at the Head of the Current GOP
Seinfeld's dad Morty was once voted out of his position as condo vice-president but, now thirty years later, Seinfeld's neurotic neighbor is leading the country. Cosmo Kramer, the character portrayed by Michael Richards, provided comic relief on the sitcom with his conspiracy theories and odd behavior.
Those humorous today would nearly guarantee his nomination to represent the Republican Party, which has made conspiracy theories the focus of its platform. Its primary source for information seems to be Q Anon, of which Seinfeld writer Larry Charles alleges Kramer would be a member.
“Wouldn’t Kramer be… a believer in Q Anon?” Charles mused in an interview about what a current Seinfeld series might look. If you don’t know what Q Anon is, it’s a conspiracy theory network that tries to debunk essential institutions from health authorities to schools to libraries.
Anyone even vaguely familiar with the show has probably seen at least one episode where Kramer blatantly disparages health care authorities, the very institution Q Anon has been assaulting since the outbreak of the coronavirus three years ago.
“No doctors for me,” Kramer says to Jerry in The Andrea Doria episode. “A bunch of lackeys and yes-men all towing the line to keep us from knowing what's really going on.”
His conspiracy theory against health care comes up again is season two, when his friend George has The Heart Attack for which the episode is titled. Kramer has convinced George against visiting a traditional surgeon, so he accompanies the afflicted man to a dubious healer named Tor.
“You know, I am not a business man, I'm a holistic healer,” Tor says to George as Kramer nods affirmatively. “It's a calling, it's a gift. You see, it's in the best interest of the medical profession that you remain sick. You see, that insures good business. You're not a patient. You're a customer.”
In addition to his irrational cynicism of health institutions, Kramer could also qualify for Q Anon because of his conspiracy theories regarding the government. Just like some of the current Republican Party leaders believe the COVID-19 vaccine is filled with spyware, Cosmo from Seinfeld believes the lawmakers in Washington DC have some covert operations of their own.
"The government's been experimenting with pig-men since the '50s!" Kramer states in an episode titled The Bris. He spends the thirty minutes of the episode searching for the elusive pig-man, not unlike the quixotic quest current Republicans have undertaken to find even a trace of election fraud.
Another institution of which Kramer suspects secretive dealings is the United States Postal Service, which employs his best friend Newman (portrayed by Wayne Knight). “The Junk Mail” epsiode features Kramer stopping stop all delivery of his mail, hoping to uncover a conspiracy by the United States Postal Service to keep the public from realizing that mail is pointless.
Numerous other conspiracies are cited by Kramer, none quite as far-fetched as those he alleges against our essential institutions. In the “Magic Bullet” episode, Kramer and Newman believe they were spit on by Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez. During a segment of “The Muffin Tops” episode, Kramer lectures Jerry about the supposed dangers of shaving your chest.
Each radical allegation was intended to provide comic relief, as the show dominated the TV charts in the Nineties. Unfortunately, when the conspiracy theorists are running our country, they are no longer comic relief but tragic reality.