On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: The Great American Puerto Rico, Bee got some help from David Duchovny in figuring out how and why the Federal Emergency Management Agency failed Puerto Rico both before and after Hurricane Maria. Duchovny channeled his inner Agent Mulder, his character from The X-Files, to construct a conspiracy theory. He touched on the facts that immediately following Maria, residents could apply for aid by phone or online — disregarding that they had no electricity or internet — and that the strapped Puerto Rican government was denied proper financial support. He also brought up how FEMA didn’t even give these American citizens the basic necessities for survival. Oh, and naturally, aliens might have played a role.
Duchovny said, conspiratorially, “After the hurricanes, FEMA did their usual mediocre job in Florida and Texas. But in Puerto Rico they did way worse. Why? How? Who’s FEMA really working for?” He added, “Before the hurricane, FEMA only sent the island enough food and water to last for two days. No human can last on that little water. … But aliens can.”
There are no aliens in Puerto Rico that we know of, but there are still a lot of humans that need a lot of help. Six months after Maria, hundreds of thousands of residents are still without power. Samantha Bee and crew talked with Puerto Ricans about how the devastation from the hurricane and the lack of help from the U.S. government has affected them, including a barber who has lost a lot of customers because his shop has no electricity. Bee paid for solar panels to be installed so the man could try to regain his livelihood. She’s also doing what she can to help the island as a whole. Bee has moved her entire fundraising T-shirt operation to Puerto Rico, including the shirts she had made to help Puerto Rico. That’s no small thing, considering that she tends to make shirts for a lot of causes. Bee invited other T-shirt producers to do the same.
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