Showing posts with label I be smart. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I be smart. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Comedians Have Totally Ruined The Art of Political Humor

I recently read that The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who some say is funny(?) had used his show to make a preachy, lengthy speech about the nature of national identity, arguing that he’s right to celebrate the French World Cup players as both French and African. Why anyone would really care is beyond me. Then I came across an article in The Atlantic that argued the present crop of comedians see themselves (and also seen by their mostly ill-informed millennial audience) as the new public intellectuals, fashioning themselves not just as joke-tellers, but as truth-tellers, as intellectual and moral guides through the cultural debates of the moment. Yeah, let that sink in. 

In the past,  philosophers and political theorists held a public role of guiding national debates and parsing the nuances of current affairs. Nowadays, narcissistic comedians have appointed themselves to increasingly taking on that responsibility, but not doing a very good job.

Comedy is no less powerful a weapon today than in earlier decades, but what has changed is the environment and audiences that comedians address. Just as politics has become more partisan, so too has culture more broadly jaded and resistant to any ideas of which they don't completely agree. Comedians today are predominantly on the left of the political spectrum and cater to an audience that shares the same views.  More and more comedians are losing the joke part altogether. Having become political comedians, they’re dropping the comedy, offering up instead propaganda, goofy skits and caustic sarcasm strained through a twisted filter of the news. They care not if what they say is based in truth, they're "comedians", it need not be true if they oppose their object of scorn.

Comedians are becoming, as their like minded comrades of the media, straightforward leftist commentators, live action versions of the more vile left wing websites, while nightly their ill-informed audiences lap up their half-truths and clap like trained seals when the Applause Sign lights up.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Week Has Barely Begun and The Crazies Are Already Jumping Out Of The Trees

Washington DC City Councilman Trayon White (D)

Ever wonder why it snows?  *glances to the right and then the left * The Jews Man!
Sounds like something that would spew forth from the mouth of the Nation of Islam leader Calypso Louie, blaming a snowstorm on a conspiracy by international Jewish bankers to create natural disasters to somehow line their pockets.  But no, it comes from a nasty dredlock wearing elected official in the nations capital.
DT - DC Concilman Trayon White posted a Facebook video of himself driving through a weekend snowfall:  
“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful." 
The Rothchilds are the European banking family, mostly Jewish, who conspiracy theorist claim secretly run the world. The accusations against the Rothchilds often come in the context of anti-Semitism, as in “the Jews control the world.” Maybe unsurprising, White occupies the DC council seat once held by crack-smoking hooker-fan and former mayor of DC, Marion Barry. I see there are some unique qualifications to hold this particular seat. 
White naturally took some crap for claiming “the Jews” were manipulating the weather and issued an apology: 
“I did not intend to be Anti-Semitic, and I see I should not have said that after learning from my colleagues.” 
White kind of addressed the anti-Semitic aspects of his statement, but doesn’t come close to acknowledging the insanity that he believes Jewish people or anyone for that matter has a weather-control device that they use to build wealth. This is an InfoWars level of cuckoo and nobody seems to have a problem with an democrat politician holding this crazy belief." 

Had he been a white Republican making a similar offensive and insane statement, he’d be headline news on CNN and the Anti-Defamation League and South Poverty Law Center calling for them to resign. But White is un-ironically black plus, he’s a democrat, so this controversy is already done.  Fini.