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Corn Palace Crowd and Website Functionality Fail to Meet Pillow Guy’s Hype

His pillow sales are down, so Minnesota radical Mike Lindell came to the Corn Palace yesterday to sell ideological cushions to the easily duped infomercial crowd. But as usual, right-wingers promise things they don’t deliver.

Lindell said he expected 2,200 people to come to Mitchell for his launch of “Frank“, his new conservative social media website. He and Joe Piscopo drew 1,650.

Lindell said the website would be an alternative to Twitter, but right now it’s nothing but his content, without even a comment section. After multiple launch failures, the limping website still doesn’t support the kind of participatory discourse Lindell says he wants:

At launch, “Frank” will not look much like a social media platform. It instead will look more like a broadcast location. Lindell says that over time users will be able to create profiles and have their own posts. He hopes it will run similarly to a combination of Twitter and YouTube [“MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Launches Social Media Platform ‘Frank’,” KSFY, 2021.05.10].

If users can’t contribute their own content and interact directly, it’s not social media; it’s just one more rich guy’s personal megaphone and moneymaking scheme. I know he’s already saddled with the current branding, but Lindell should just be honest and call his website “Mike.”

Cushions for right-wing ears and Mike's falling finances.
Cushions for right-wing ears and Mike’s falling finances.

And if Lindell lacks the finances and technical expertise to deliver the real social media platform he’s promising, he could at least liven the site up with some on-brand clips of Frank Burns and the real threats to public intelligence and democracy:

10 Comments

  1. Ryan 2021-05-11

    The people dumb enough to be interested in this are the same people who think $70 is a totally acceptable price for a pillow, so at least he knows his audience.

  2. DaveFN 2021-05-11

    Did Parler come and go that fast?

  3. Vi Kingman 2021-05-11

    All the great people that have been at the Corn Palace, entertainers and politicians, then this moron comes. Sad day for the The Corn Palace, Mitchell , and the sate of South Dakota.
    I think you were generous with the amount of people that were there. Joe Sieve from the Argus said about a 1000.

  4. Donald Pay 2021-05-11

    Ah, Frank Burns. The male version of Kristi Noem.

  5. O 2021-05-11

    Jimmy Kimmel’s interview is the most insight I have been given into Lindell. He actually has a fascinating story. From his point of view, his initial association with President Trump was based on agreement of the importance of domestic manufacturing to the US. My Pillow is manufactured in the US, so Lindell met to discuss the US doing more of this domestic production. In that meeting, he fell into the cult of personality (my terms – not his) and from that moment on, he was all aboard the crazy train that was the Trump express.

    I think of this when we talk about how we view our friends, family, neighbors who voted for/supported Trump. We speak of how there are reasons beyond xenophobia, racism, authoritarianism, and nationalism that draws them to Donald Trump, but leave out that choosing to STAY with Trump is really the objection I have when all the other baggage is added to the “honest” reason for initially backing him.

    If it were just about policy or issues, there are FAR better GOP vehicles/candidates who carry that message.

  6. Mark Anderson 2021-05-11

    Well at least he won’t set up shop in George McGovern’s hometown.

  7. Arlo Blundt 2021-05-11

    Well…for Mike Lindell, the always confused Dr. Carson and Joe Piscopo (yikes!!! some people just don’t know when to retire) it’s a cash on the barrelhead, churn the market, type of transaction. Political fantasy for sale. I guess Elvis just can’t be replaced in the hearts of many and they are vainly searching for another “Hunk of Burning Love”.. You couldn’t make this stuff up. It’s the movie “Network”, over and over again.

  8. Porter Lansing 2021-05-11

    Good one, Arlo 👍🏻😊

  9. CraigSk 2021-05-12

    Foam allergy, Good one Porter. LMAO.

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