Curb Your Enthusiasm Plot Prompts Government Response

By Brian Myers | Published

The final season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm has attracted the attention of at least one high-ranking government official, who sent the show’s star a hilarious response to the plotline of the remaining episodes. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger penned a letter to Larry David in March, offering a tongue-in-cheek apology to David’s onscreen persona for his arrest for violating the state’s 2021 Election Integrity Act. The letter, following the parallels that the series is making to former President Donald Trump’s arrest in Georgia, shows that Raffensperger has a sense of humor and might well be a fan of the show.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Mocks Donald Trump’s Mugshot And Georgia’s Voting Laws

In the first episode of the final season, Larry David finds himself in Atlanta during election time. But the Curb Your Enthusiasm character gets into some serious trouble when he gives a bottle of water to Leon’s aunt, who is waiting in line to vote on a hot day. As outlined in Georgia’s Election Integrity Act, it is unlawful to give food or water to anyone within 150 feet of a polling station.

The TV version of Larry gets arrested, his mugshot modeled to look strikingly similar to that of the former President’s. The final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm follows Larry as he has a serious legal battle ahead of him. Larry faces penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Georgia Secretary Of State Brad Raffensperger’s Response

In his letter to the real Larry David, Raffensperger congratulates the actor on being the first and only person to ever be arrested for giving someone a bottle of water at a polling place. Then, in what many consider to be a jab at Trump, the Georgia official writes that he is sorry if Larry wasn’t treated better in the jail, as “they’ve gotten used to bigger stars.” “It’s the TMZ of mugshots,” he continued.

Raffensperger Continues His Tounge-In-Cheek Message

Though the letter does show Raffensperger’s humorous side, the Secretary of State does take the time to tell Larry that the waiting time in the last two elections have been an average of two minutes, even though the state has experienced a record number of ballots cast. He also tells the Curb Your Enthusiasm star that he regrets not having the authority to give TV Larry an official pardon, “even if you call and ask for one.

Larry David And Georgia’s Election Intergrity Act

The Curb Your Enthusiasm storyline has its roots in the real-life Larry David’s reaction to the Election Integrity Act in Georgia. The actor recalled discovering the law several years ago and decided that his character should get arrested for violating it.

The FInal Season

Curb Your Enthusiasm will end its 12-season run on Sunday, April 7. The series first appeared on HBO in 2000, based on a fictional version of Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. Over the course of the 120 episodes in the show’s history, Curb Your Enthusiasm has had a significant impact on comedy and has guest-starred scores of actors, musicians, and sports stars, many of whom quickly find themselves at great odds with TV Larry.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter