It’s one of my dad’s favorite jokes, but the only way to tell it today is to check to see if the coast is clear first. The coast is rarely clear in comedy these days as racial epithets, rape, homosexuality, and everything else funny have become verboten. However, there is hope. While alternative comics have been bitching for years about the end of comedy, especially stand-up comedy, the mainstream is finally clueing in. Almost-billionaire Jerry Seinfeld recently told ESPN that PC is ruining comedy. “I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” he told Colin Cowherd, before adding, “[Students] just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about.” He later doubled down and told Seth Meyers it’s starting to affect his own, squeaky-clean comedy.
Archive for June 2015
With the revulsion against Confederate symbols that has resulted from shooter Dylann Roof’s internet picture with the Confederate battle flag, Robert E. Lee has been put in the gunsights of social radicals. Lee was one of the two great generals of the Civil War and due in part to his good fortune in having an excellent biographer in Douglas Southall Freeman, is generally regarded as the greatest, although it should be noted that Grant won the war.
Corporate chain Walmart has apologized after a store in Louisiana baked a cake bearing the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) flag following its refusal to bake a cake with a Confederate flag.
“An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake,” a Walmart spokesman told ABC News. “The cake should not have been made and we apologize.”
Charles Netzhammer went to his local Walmart to order a cake with the Confederate flag that stated, “Heritage Not Hate.” The bakery refused to do so since the company ordered a ban on the flag after a gunman murdered nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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In the 1850s there was an active political movement that became known as the “Know-Nothings,” because they considered themselves semi-secret, and members, when questioned about the group, were supposed to say “I know nothing.” Of course, a secret political party doesn’t have much effect, and quickly the Know-Nothings were pretty overt about telling everyone around them that they knew nothing, over and over again.
It seems to me there’s a semi-secret political party at work in the U.S. now: the People Who Know Better.
The gay fashion icons had made some decidedly unfashionable remarks about same sex marriage and gay parenting, including “The only family is the traditional one,” along with a reference to “synthetic” children.
The negative response from both the LGBT community and straight people was, I think, quite appropriate. But it only deepened my frustration over the relatively modest amount of news coverage and the surprising absence of protest over an issue of far greater importance to gays, lesbians, and all people of good will: the executions of men suspected of being gay by Islamic extremists in Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the Muslim world.
In recent months ISIS has released photos and videos of its masked members dragging these men to the rooftops of tall buildings and pushing them off, to the apparent delight of crowds below. In several cases, the hapless victims reportedly survived the fall, only to be stoned to death by onlookers.
Especially in light of Justice Kennedy’s sweeping inclusion of custody and birth certificates in his definition of gay adults’ Fourteenth Amendment “equal protection” rights, gay marriage has a much greater impact on children than it ever could have had on gay couples. Whereas gay adults may get married, then get divorced, and even remarry to the opposite sex if they wish, children placed in mother-mother or father-father homes are irreparably estranged from half or all their heritage, and permanently denied a mother or denied a father
Since the childhood wish of his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) brought him to glorious life decades ago, Ted (a three-foot tall stuffed teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane) has gone about the business of living the life of a slacker, whose only ambition is to get high while cracking wise during “Law & Order” marathons. By extension, this uneventful life has avoided the snare of the United States government.
That ends when Ted decides to grow up, if only just a little bit.