Monday, May 11, 2009
Wishing Kidney Failure on Wanda Sykes and HuffPo
(*These video has a major BARF ALERT attached to it)
At The White House Correspondents dinner Saturday night, Curb Your Enthusiasm comedian Wanda Sykes said she hoped Rush Limbaugh's kidney's would fail (and in case you were wondering, yes, Obama laughed)... I'm wondering how it would be received if I wished death upon those I don;t agree with. Like should Al Franken get colon cancer? Should I hope that Sean Penn get a tumor on his prostate? Would people think it "was funny" and "just jokes" if I riffed about those things?
...Listen, I'm not saying she can't say it. The crass biatch can say whatever she likes...I'm just (Once again) making notice of the glaring hypocrisy and disconnect here.
But that wasn't my main point... my main point was a piece over at HuffPo where the "writer" Gordon Marino apparently thinks Sykes' "comedy" is akin to the holy grail of political analysis. First, let me get this out of the way should Gordon happen upon this:
a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based.
similarity or comparability.
Okay, here's what Gordon wrote:
"...It is a truism to claim that profundities often lurk in good humor. Wanda Sykes performance last night at the White House Correspondents dinner was a prime example of the truth wrapped in a joke.
Midway through her routine. Ms Sykes started railing against the very idea that anyone could defend the use of torture. "Torture" she bellowed a few times shaking her head and laughing ironically. After a pause, she turned her shotgun wit on the quail hunter- Dick Cheney.
Cheney, rehearsed Sykes, wants the reports open that show that we were able to drown useful information out of terrorists by waterboarding them! That, quipped Sykes with a beaming smile and her arms outstretched, would be like getting caught robbing a bank and going before the judge saying "Yeah I robbed the bank but look at all the bills I paid!" Bulls eye Wanda!..." (source)
Gordon is apparently a PhD and a Sociology professor, but he seems to have forgotten that an analogy (especially one he is going to praise and pen an entire piece about) is supposed to have two things that are comparable --and Sykes doesn't.
Waterboarding for real time info to stop terror attacks is not like robbing a bank and paying your bills because A) that doesn't help anyone but yourself B) that doesn't save lives. I'd say those were two pretty important points.
So, Gordon the Phd wrote an entire article praising an analogy that wasn't an analogy at all. In fact, it wasn't even good sarcasm...or a funny joke. Why was Wanda there again?