Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Brevity Is the Soul of Wit















Tip o' the pen to the folks at Shakesville.

8 comments:

Spokane Al said...

All the talking heads and the Rev Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are besides themselves concerning the ignorant comments of a radio host and this is funny and in good taste? I don't think so.

Joyce said...

Well, in my opinion the lies of this Administration aren't in good taste, either, but for me the difference is there is no attack on his race or gender or sexual orientation or anything such as that. The criticism is of the man's character. True, there is a swear word.

Spokane Al said...

I am glad to hear that. It is good to know that you would have found it just as funny with George Bush's name replaced with Al Gore.

Joyce said...

I personally don't find Al Gore to be a liar, although I don't get my panties in a snarl when I hear people calling him a hypocrite. Usually I chuckle, or shrug, or shake my head, and move on. They're entitled to that opinion. But I don't find a "hypocrite" or "liar" remark to be offensive in the same way that a white man calling a black woman a "nappy headed ho" is, for that's not a critique of her character. It's a slam on her race and her gender. It's not based on anything she said or did; it is merely a racist/sexist insult hurled at her for absolutely no reason other than that she's black and female.

To me there's a huge difference.

Spokane Al said...

I agree although I do find it interesting in the continuing media coverage of Imus' stupid comment, while there is absolutely no coverage of the offensive, racist, sexist comments that permeat rap lyrics. I also found it interesting some time back with the black leadership took such great offense at Bill Cosby's comments. It just seems to me that the attention is a bit misplaced.

Joyce said...

Well, the good thing about it all is that at least now there's a very public dialogue about it. This morning on one of the news shows there was a woman from Spelman College saying just that: that racist, sexist comments aren't acceptable in rap lyrics, either.

I must have missed the Bill Cosby controversy. I do remember Jesse Jackson's "hymietown" remark once and how that one came back to ruin his very short presidential bid (waaaay back when I lived in Iowa). A friend of mine who had actually quit her job to work in his campaign was so disgusted by him that she turned right around and resigned from that position because she said she couldn't in good conscience work for an anti-Semite.

Anonymous said...

You know, gay republicans frighten the shit out of me. Or maybe I'm just confused why they would back an administration that absolutely abhors their very basic, human, civil rights. Stockholm syndrome? Who knows these things.

Bush IS a lying sack of shit. The Atlantic had a lovely piece on why presidents lie. Interesting to see the juxtaposition of lies between progressives and conservatives.

Joyce said...

What did the article demonstrate? That some lies are more evil than other lies? ;-)