Wayne Brady is a funny black comic who can sing. He gets made fun of upon ocassion for being, shall we say, less than gangsta. When Dave Chappelle made a joke about how white people like Wayne Brady because Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcom X, Wayne came on the show and did a bit, which produced the line “Is Wayne Brady Gonna Have to Choke a Bitch?”
Now, after Bill Maher said twice that he wishes Obama were “less like Wayne Brady and more like Suge Knight,” Wayne Brady has expressed the fervent wish to slap the shit out of Bill Maher in the street. To which one can only say, he’s gonna have a long wait in line.
Jon Stewart does not overhear himself:
1. What Rush Limbaugh said was offensive.
2. What Bill Maher said was offensive.
3. There are, and ought to be consequences to stand-up comedians who cross the line — as in the cases of Michael Richards and Tracy Morgan.
5. Shut the fuck up, Fox News!
I’m reading Althouse’s Fisking of Maher’s recent yammering crap about his uncomfortable role in the ongoing Limbaugh outrage kabuki, and the only thing I take away is that this tool has the nerve to cast himself as Carlin’s successor.
Lemme explain something to you, Bill: You are not Carlin’s successor. You are not fit to eat Carlin’s mouldering feces. George Carlin had toenails that were funnier than you.
What is the basis of this statement? I spent most of my youth and young adulthood listening to Carlin. My dad had his old 70′s albums on vinyl, and I bought a lot of his 90′s stuff on tape and CD. It was like listening to two different men. 70′s George is cheerful, whimsical, offering questions and ponderings and pariodies. 90′s George is furious, raging, layering thundering denunciations on top of bizarre, off-kilter jokes. What tied the two together was a method focused on language, and the consideration of the assumptions of language. It wasn’t just foul language, although Carlin used dirty words to wonderful effect. There were ideas, or at least questions, underlying the comedy. Carlin was the Diogenes of our age.
Bill Maher may have intended to follow in Carlin’s footpaths, but that’s not where he ended up. I remember watching Maher in his early days, and I thought, even then, that he relied too much on applause lines rather than actual jokes. He’s continued down that road, and is now a standard-issue left-liberal audience-flatterer.
Carlin never flattered his audience; he went out of his way to challenge and offend them. He had no constituencies that he spared, no ideological camp that could count him as one of them. He could raise the Problem of Evil as an attack on religion, and then skewer environmentalists as “smug, self-serving bourgeois liberals.” I don’t know if Carlin ever had a million dollars to spare, but he would have kissed the Pope’s ring before he gave it to a presidential campaign.
The only reason anyone should ever utter Maher’s name in the same sentence as Carlin is to illustrate the decline of Irish-American stand-up comedy. As someone with plenty of green blood, I can tell you that being Irish doesn’t make you funny. As often as not, it makes you a smug, self-serving asshat with more fat on his liver than hair on his head.
The other difference being that Limbaugh apologized.
“Slut” is not a word I use a lot, personally. I don’t care for the sound of it. I almost never use “cunt” for the same reason: it’s an ugly-sounding, ugly-used little word. When I wish to defame a woman’s reputation (and oh, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve done that), I stick with the poetic “promiscuous trollop.” The archaic usage almost gives the impression of a complement.
Aside from the sound, the logic of “slut” always confused me, no matter what person uses it. As I understand it, a boy uses “slut” to mean “girl who does what I want her to do.” I have never understood that. If you want girls to have sex with you, why would you punish and mock them for doing so? Why wouldn’t you celebrate her? Continue reading