The faux outrage with David Letterman: Sound and fury signifying hot air and boredom

June 10, 2009

This is what Dave Letterman is:

He uses this in his daily course of work

  • S: (n) sarcasm, irony, satire, caustic remark (witty language used to convey insults or scorn) “he used sarcasm to upset his opponent”; “irony is wasted on the stupid”; “Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own”–Jonathan Swift

WOW… the amount of outrage from the blogosphere about David Letterman and some of his comedy routine recently has got me thinking…”Really?”  You are up in arms about some jokes?  Some of the people that are outraged are the same people who make jokes all the time. One of the resident frontpagers makes similar “sexist” comments.  When is a joke just a joke?  That’s right, when you can generate faux outrage about it with others.  Here is what he said, and some commentary from Kevin over at Rumproast.

That said, I did find yet another example of myiq2xu behaving like a vulgar misogynist and, in this case, applying the “it was just a joke” defense is going to be virtually impossible. Less than two years ago Balloon Juice’s John Cole posted the much-snickered-about video of Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton severely bungling a response to a question about why so few Americans can find the U.S. on a world map. Here’s what myiq2xu, the shameless hypocrite who specializes in kneejerk branding of his opponents as misogynists and sexists, wrote about this innocent nineteen-year-old woman at the time:

myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Just stare at her boobs and don’t pay any attention to what she says. If she talks too much put something in her mouth.

She needs to marry a rocket scientist so her kids will be half-wits.

And then, believe it or not, it got worse:

Andrew August 27th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Her reoccurring use of “such as” is a result of a dialog coach training her out of rampant use of the word “like”. They instruct kids to substitute “such as” for “like”. She must not have had this coaching trick for very long.
Do they use an electro-shock collar for this conditioning process?

myiq2xu August 27th, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Do they use an electro-shock collar for this conditioning process?
They hit her in the back of the throat with the meat prod.

So, I went over to the Confluence to do my daily reading and I look to see that the thing that has people up in arms is the fact that David Letterman made some jokes, and they were none to happy with him. My1/2IQ is on his feminist soapbox about what an outrage we all should be feeling.  I think the same thing when I look at your comments then.  Why are more people not outraged at you?  The reason that they will give is that they KNOW you are not that way.  Considering none of us really know Obama, then how can you call him a sexist from very tiny sound bites?

I went to a Conservative source, to get what they thought of the skit.  So, I went over to the Examiner and here is what they had to say about the whole thing.

I don’t agree with Letterman’s point of view, but I agree wholeheartedly with what he does. I wish we had more people mocking government leaders. I wish we had even more people mocking government. The result of government intervention in civil society is hilarious, as long as it is mostly theoretical.

Now, what the feminists at the Confluence, Hillbuzz, and others want you to do is protest the sexism of the comedian.  Their argument is that they want to tear down a woman, regardless of what side they sit, since they have scary woman parts.  Funny, but this person continues with something that they would totally agree with…

When people get the idea that politicians are something other than a mockery to real human beings, and that politicians can really help them, we get screwed. When people aren’t reminded that government is nothing more than a perpetual failure to be avoided whenever possible, we get things like Medicare, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Barack Obama. We need less mocking of government and its leaders like we need more self-righteous moral indignation. Enough already.

See, that’s a joke.  He throw Obama under there of things that he dislikes and you keep moving on.  He even had a funny picture of Obama.  I looked, thought it was kinda silly and moved on.  People will say that how do you move on from sexism on TV like this?  The same way you kept it moving when you saw your boy halfwit IQ make his sexist remarks.

I laughed at most of his list. Laughing beats the hell out of self-righteousness, is more productive, and makes you look less like a weenie.

Now, I am sure that they will cry sexism over the use of weenie, but who really cares? Maybe they missed the part about Letterman being the host of the Late Show, which is a place for comedy and interviews.  I bet if Sarah gets another shot at the White House, I bet that she will be trolling the late shows to get some free face time.

Letterman did what he does. He ridicules everything except liberalism and its practitioners. That’s his job, and he’s made a good, long career off it. And this was Letterman at his tamest. Only one line, the “slutty flight attendant” quip, would likely be considered offensive to Palin herself. Now I love Palin, I think she’s exactly what the Republican Party needs, and I laughed most at that line.

Comics are a lost, and treasured art form and I hope that CBS doesn’t kowtow to a small group of liberals that did not find the jokes funny about Sarah Palin and her daughter.    The one thing about comedy is that you should never have to apologize about making a JOKE.  If it is not funny, don’t laugh.  But, comedians are supposed to push the edge.  Even if you think that they have gone over it, they have not.

This is like playing the dozens or making momma jokes.  We know that they are not true, but its a game of verbal brinksmanship, designed to cause the other to quit.  It’s a battle of wits and quickness, similar to freestyle battles.

It’s an art form that you wouldn’t understand.  It doesn’t always work, but you go where the beat takes you.

Plus, where was this outrage when you were ripping Michelle Obama to shreads?

angienc, on December 3rd, 2008 at 10:25 am Said: Delphyne:

And that ring – it resembles one that is given to the NFL super bowl winners.

Well, honestly, ME Chelle is about the size of an NFL linebacker, so there ya go.

was that too mean?:-)

If we were to talk about Hillary like that, then we would be the worst people on earth?  Here is an average NFL linebacker. This is DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys and his child.

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Demarcus Ware,25, and his wife Taniqua,26, have finally become parents after 3 failed pregnancies. The Wares always wanted a large family, boys and girls, maybe twins but it appeared that their dream might never happen after Taniqua had miscarriage after miscarriage. They finally adopted to start their family

Dallas Cowboy's Linebacker Demarcus Ware,25, and his wife Taniqua,26, have finally become parents after 3 failed pregnancies. They finally adopted to start their family and as a Cowboy fan, congrats!

Here is a picture of Michelle Obama

prettier than you Angie in NC...You have that distinct Skeletor look to you in your avitar...

prettier than you Angie in NC...You have that distinct Skeletal/Skeletor look to you in your avatar...jk, jk, since it's all about the jokes right?

But, we get it, it’s snark they will say.  We are just pissed by the fact our choice was not elected and we feel that by running the better campaign, President Obama stole the election from us and our time to shine!  We get it… He stole Democracy away from you and you want it back.

Here is what another frontpager said about the Michelle Things…

dakinikat, on December 3rd, 2008 at 10:46 am Said: I think the entire jewerly thing shows a level of shallowness benefitting a hollywood diva, but frankly, i think that some of these personal attacks on Michelle are reminding me of the ones on Palin and Hillary …

can’t we just leave it as it showing a high level of insensitivity on the part of a role model to go bling shopping during the worst recession since the 80s? It strikes me similar to what George H Bush did when he was clueless in the grocery store …

But it doesn’t stop there…that is the real lone voice of dissent.  It is similar and either you have to be mad and vigilant ALL THE TIME or remain quiet and surrender the OUTRAGE card.  Here is one more comment on the subject

catarina, on December 3rd, 2008 at 10:59 am Said: I apologize for nothing.
This King and Queen stuff is a slap in the face to the American people.
And as a self-proclaimed fashionista MO has sucky taste.
She is ugly and hard to look at b/c her insides are ugly.
This can apply to men too.
Everyone probably knows someone who could me attractive but anger or meanness has found it’s way to the exterior.

Ok I admit I have the flu and may be babbling deliriously.
But MO as first lady is just too much.

So why should Obama/Favreau/Letterman have to apologize if PUMAS and other so called “feminists” don’t???  So, snark is only for the non-famous bloggers to use against political candidates and their partners?

UPDATE The halfwit doesn’t understand….

The clown doesn’t understand why his previous comments that he apologized for doesn’t end there. To understand, when does it end for Jon Favreau?

An Obama spokesman says Favreau has apologized to the former first lady, who gave Obama a run for his massive piles of money during the Democratic primaries.

The transition official said Favreau has “reached out to Sen. Clinton to offer an apology,” an unfortunate choice of words under the photographic circumstances, as the Swamp’s Frank James points out in his item.

So, Jon reaches out and apologizes and he is still the subject of debate and discussion.

That is why halfwit.  You put him in the detention cell of sexism, he apologizes and you don’t let him out.  You make some comments about Ms. South Carolina, offer a mea culpa and then become the biggest feminist?  The fact that you are having this conversation and justification is the reason you are a hypocrite on the subject.

myiq2xu, on June 10th, 2009 at 3:08 pm Said: I made those comments when I was still a regular at Baloney Juice. If I was a Failbot I could still be there telling sexist and misogynist jokes all day every day and they not only wouldn’t complain, they would laugh their asses off.

Then a commenter JUSTIFIES their sexism

meeee2, on June 10th, 2009 at 2:38 pm Said: I really can’t stand sexism, but the Ms Teen South Carolina contestant was just begging for jokes after the answer she gave. I laughed loudly at the comments you made. There are some arenas where women need to be very careful if they don’t want to be made fun of….men, too…the big dumb football players come to mind.

SO, she had it coming, or she deserved it?  Which one are you going for?  I thought sexism what supposed to be extinguished  at every turn?  I guess not, if she deserved it, since there are things that both men and women can say…
So, do you forgive Favreau?

One Response to “The faux outrage with David Letterman: Sound and fury signifying hot air and boredom”

  1. guenivere said

    One part struck me: “The one thing about comedy is that you should never have to apologize about making a JOKE. If it is not funny, don’t laugh. But, comedians are supposed to push the edge. Even if you think that they have gone over it, they have not.”

    I completely agree with this. However, I also think that there are times when people label something as “comedy” in order to make degrading comments about a person / situation / etc, when in fact it isn’t anything resembling comedy. Then they argue “artistic expression” to justify their comments. Comedians can serve a wonderful purpose: helping to enact social change. In order to keep this lost art form true to this function, people should be careful in their labeling of what is comedy to ensure that it really is comedy – not just the excuse a misogynist, sexist, racist, or any other “ist” has to degrade another entity.

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