Sunday, August 3, 2008

Untouchable

China may not allow spitting or pajamas in public but our country has some unusual restrictions of its own. I am talking about the two subjects in America that are off limits, the teasing of which is punishable by death.



Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight



Barack Obama as The Candidate in The Race for American President.

Excuse me? When did liberal idealism become a totalitarian regime? The same people who refuse to Ledger-Obama bash are threatening to eradicate what's so great about living here. Freedom.

The freedom to vote, the freedom to worship and the freedom to cast a code of ethics aside and verbally slay anyone we want. Shows like Access Hollywood, publications like People magazine and unregulated websites like Youtube dutifully remind us of our right to pick on people for what they wear, eat, and do behind closed doors. Not to mention criticize them for aging, changing their bodies, dating the wrong person, being too rich, being broke...

There's the argument that both men are so good at what they do that it's hard to find a flaw. Sure Heath Ledger's performance moved a theater full of people to tears, mourning his loss once the film ended. Sure Barack Obama embodies racial harmony purely by existing and whose speeches of togetherness inspired one of my comedian friends to muse that he is a modern-day Jesus. But they are people. Remember people? The ones who make bad decisions that get photographed in gossip magazines. The ones who have drug and alcohol addictions that get lampooned on late night talk show monologues.

It sends the wrong message. It says, "Hey, sometimes the public isn't always thirsty for blood," You're wrong. We are. We hurt others because we can, and that's the policy. If we keep this up, people will start to believe that Amy Winehouse actually has family and friends who care about her.

I don't want to live in a world where I can't make fun of the recently deceased and successful, hard-working blacks. And I don't think you do either.

9 comments:

Chris said...

Hey, I'm with you but:

If we keep this up, people will start to believe that Amy Winehouse actually has family and friends who care about her.

Now that's just crazy talk.

Abbi said...

I had to go there. Sometimes you have to anger readers into action. Now get out there and blog about the tenderness of baby seal meat!

Matt Sears said...

I recently dedicated a karaoke performance of Candle In The Wind to Heath Ledger and people got pretty pissed. I guess I'm just sentimental.

Abbi said...

I think it was how you transitioned into the theme song for Dawson's Creek that rubbed people the wrong way.

Chris said...

Writing any Morgan Freeman jokes at the moment Abbi?

Abbi said...

Yes, and readers can hear them all at Ochi's Motel tonight! 6:30-8:40PM. 353 W. 14th St.

Why couldn't it have been Dennis Haysbert? Headline: Is HE in Good Hands?

Jerell said...

You make a good point.

klydelanta said...

"and verbally sleigh anyone we want" ...does that mean you verbally run them over with an open usually horse-drawn vehicle with runners for use on snow or ice?

Abbi said...

That's even more brutal than I had imagined. But now that you mention it...