And Seth jokingly said that even after 150 years, it may still be ‘too soon’. I find it kind of fascinating (and funny) the dynamics of comedy, as far as what’s acceptable to whom, who can say what, and when they can say it. I think you can make an argument about how almost anything in comedy is too offensive to some group to be conveyed. With that attitude, you risk narrowing down comedy so much that it suffocates.
"This president has issues, and there are very legitimate debates to be had about his policy and actions, and successes and/or failures as president…But I could never wrap my head around why the world and the president that Republicans describe bears so little resemblance to the world and the president that I experience. And now I know why: there is a President Obama that only Republicans can see."
— Jon Stewart, on his show, hilariously excoriating Clint Eastwood and Republicans after the RNC 2012 “invisible Obama” routine.
Stewart brought the segment home, going back to Eastwood’s speech and why he did a “huge favor” for the GOP. By criticizing an invisible Obama for doing things that the real Obama hasn’t even done, Stewart could reach only one logical conclusion: “there is a President Obama that only Republicans can see,” and this Invisible Obama is the one they have been running against all along.
The Daily Show video here is one of the greatest and funniest things I have ever witnessed; and I’m not even that big a fan of the show. It was like… the whole invisible Obama routine was a bizarre therapy session, and some deeply-buried truth revealed itself. Wow.
Saito: Inception… is it possible? Arthur: Of course not. Saito: If you can steal an idea, why can’t you plant one there instead? Arthur: Ok, this is me, planting an idea in your mind. I say “don’t think about an eye blinking”. What are you thinking about? Saito: An eye blinking. Arthur: Right, but it’s not your idea. The dreamer can always remember the genesis of the idea. True inspiration is impossible to fake. Cobb: No, it’s not. What IS impossible is to NOT be self-conscious about your own eye-blinking process, and it will drive you crazy for the next 10 minutes. Saito: *blink* … *blink* Arthur: *blink* … *blink* Saito: I hate you.
"It’s a free country; you can do whatever you want. But let’s not forget that faith is just an opinion—it’s just somebody’s opinion. Which gets us back to Rick Santorum, who thinks it’s something more than just an opinion. And that’s what I would like to say to him, because he said today very clearly he doesn’t really believe in the separation of church and state, and that’s absolutely ridiculous—that is unacceptable in this country…You’re allowed to have your opinion that a Palestinian 2000 years ago walked on water, and did magic tricks, and is really…his own father and all that stuff. That’s fine…And the fact that a billion other people believe it gives you a lot of strength and credence. But I also have the opinion that that’s ridiculous, that it’s anachronistic, that it’s the 21st century…Don’t tell me ‘this is my faith’ or somehow it means something more than my opinion, because it doesn’t mean anything more than my opinion. My opinion is just as valid as your opinion and my opinion is you’re nuts."
— Bill Maher on Piers Morgan Tonight [27 Feb. 2012]
Bill Maher might be a partisan, but, for me, it’s almost impossible to deny his logic and humor most of the time. It cuts straight to the fundamental core. I will watch/listen to him anytime. His latest appearance on Piers Morgan was good stuff.
Ryan Seacrest gets owned by Adm. Gen. Aladeen when he ACCIDENTALLY pours Kim Jong Il’s ashes all over Seacrest. Aladeen was carrying out one of Kim Jong Il’s final wishes: to have his ashes scattered on the red carpet at the Oscars. Kim Jong Il was known to be a huge movie buff of course.
If you were to ask Ryan Seacrest who he is wearing tonight, you’d have to say, well, Kim Jong Il. Hahahaha
I suppose I should follow up with what I posted earlier today. Apparently, The Academy is now welcoming Adm. Gen. Aladeen (above) on the red carpet Sunday. Previously, it had reservations, and it was reported that Cohen wasn’t going to be allowed to show up as the character. Looks like they can’t resist the ratings potential, heh.
I don’t really have a problem with this. Sometimes I think people take the Oscars too seriously. The show’s already a huge ad for movies.