Monday, May 11, 2009

Just an entertainer

By Mustang Bobby

The latest right-wing outrage is Wanda Sykes and her comedy routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night where she skewered Rush Limbaugh:

"Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails," Sykes said. "So you're saying, 'I hope America fails', you're, like, 'I don't care about people losing their homes, their jobs, our soldiers in Iraq'. He just wants the country to fail. To me, that's treason He's not saying anything differently than what Osama bin Laden is saying. You know, you might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker. But he was just so strung out on OxyContin he missed his flight."

Sykes then said, "Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a good waterboarding, that's what he needs."

His obedient servants are already demanding some sort of apology from the president for being in the same room with her, and they are all waiting on pins and needles to see how Mr. Limbaugh himself will respond to the same kind of talk that he indulges in as a matter of course on his own radio show. I'm guessing he will go on about how unfunny Ms. Sykes was, how unimportant she is, and he will probably make some kind of crack about the fact that she's a lesbian.

But I'm not sure why everyone is all worked up about this. After all, Mr. Limbaugh is not an elected official; he's not, as all the GOP stalwarts affirm, the leader of the Republican Party. He's just a self-described entertainer, so why shouldn't he be held up to the same scorn and ridicule as anyone out there in the business like David Letterman or Jon Stewart? And it's not as if this is the first time that an attempt at political humor in a dinner like this didn't go over well. As DougJ at Balloon Juice reminds us, President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew did a minstrel show routine at a Gridiron dinner, and there are still folks in the Bush administration who are still chonked off at Stephen Colbert for his mockery of President Bush.

Leaving aside whether or not Ms. Sykes was funny or not -- I watched her and found it to be your average stand-up monologue -- the right-wingers have once again demonstrated that their ability to comprehend one of the basic concepts of humor -- attacking the strong works; attacking the weak does not -- still eludes them.

(Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

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  • I thought it was out of place, and rather tasteless. On the other hand, it doesn't make any sense for people to be outraged by someone saying offensive things ABOUT Rush Limbaugh but never objecting to any of the offensive things Rush himself says.

    By Anonymous vote4pedro, at 12:12 PM  

  • The more I think about it, the harder it is for me to conceive of anything too tasteless to be appropriately said about Limbaugh. Wherever the line is one has to cross to be beyond the protection of taste and propriety, he crossed it decades ago with his intemperate and dishonest viciousness.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 2:01 PM  

  • If I was doing standup at that event, I would just have said nothing about Limbaugh. It is hard to say anything about the guy without saying something nasty and lowering yourself to his level.
    My point was that it is hypocritical to condemn Wanda Sykes' tasteless jokes and at the same time ignore the fact that she was insulting a man who is famous for mocking people with Parkinson's disease.

    By Anonymous vote4pedro, at 2:13 PM  

  • It's a good point Pedro and I agree. It would be best if nobody anywhere said anything about Limbaugh. That's really the best - and perhaps only - way to make him go away.

    If you could avoid the temptation, you're probably a better - and certainly more disciplined person than I am.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 5:53 PM  

  • I love Rush He tells it straight up. And that is why you liberals attack him. He tells you whats on his mind and a lot of it makes perfect sense. Not all but a lot. And I agree with him - I dont want the gov. to up my taxes and spend it as They see fit. Im an American dammit. If i want to work and make money and but B.S. thats my inalienable right given to me by the constitution. And when anyone wants to take away my rights I will fight. And that is what every law and ammendment does for us all - It takes away my rights (yours too). Obama said to the CIA at a dinner "We are constricted by the constitution." Yes that I agree with and the more rules and regulations you add to only constricts us. it does not protect us. Rush fighs for my rights as a citizen. Obamanation fights to keep us all down. Wake up.. Swine flu? are you serious? the normal flu kills more people annually. But wait Obama will save us and totaly reform the heath care. And what do you know? Just in time to save the world from swine flu!!. Reminds me - An old timer said I'll se a black president when pigs fly. Well...swine flu. Obama rhetoric again. American people we are doomed thanks to your savior (not mine).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:14 PM  

  • You are a moron anonymous; I don't exactly know what you are trying to say other than you like Rush Limbaugh. I don't defend what this comedian said about Rush but if you believe everything Rush says, you are a fool. Even he describes himself as an entertainer.
    Next time wait til AFTER you've gone online to get drunk.

    By Anonymous vote4pedro, at 11:18 PM  

  • I think if you rattled off the 19 names involed in the wtc and throw in a barrack huesein obama - i think you wouldnt have flinched in october. HA ha the point is he fights for freedom and if that offends you then thats tough luck pedo. and you bash that which you do not understand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:33 PM  

  • "Rush Limbaugh fights for freedom." LOL, you are killing me, dude. The guy never served a day in the military because he BS'ed his way into a medical deferment.

    By Anonymous vote4pedro, at 12:50 AM  

  • Anonymous, if you think that Rush gives a flying rat's ass about you and the rest of the dittoheads, you're more gullible than your rambling rant reveals. He doesn't give a shit about you and he never has.

    By the way, try the decaf. And Spell Check.

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 7:07 AM  

  • And I suppose you tree huggers care more about me than say - a tree? Gimmie a break you chuckleheads eat all the obama bullshit that is sent down the rail. and your breath is begining to stink. soon there will be no jobs (save corperate and government) then who will you get to pay for your precious sub-par health care (which obama has taken away from military personel). you are sickening. And i suppose your lord and savior (obama) cares about you? MAYBE if you belong to a union - otherwise you are s o l and if you dont know that then maybe you should go back to elementary school. You people are tree hugging faggots who only want handouts. Its no wonder you put a muslim in office.And now you fags are trying to say that C02 is harmfull and trying to find a way to take even more money and jobs away. STUPID!!! C02 is a byproduct of breathing C02 is what plant use to produce photosynthisis. But you peace mongers dont know you only listen to the stupidest sorry excuse for a person - let alone the head of this great country. you all are haters. you hate it when people see it differently from you. and you hate it when your wrong. You people are pathetic dont you know that faggots cant reprodce (its unnatural)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:39 PM  

  • hey pedo(phille) you dont know anything do you. you listen to the people who tell you what to do - get a backbone you freak.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:41 PM  

  • you are prototypical liberals avoiding the suject and backlashing against a different voice. hateful tactics and personal attacks. (not what you would expect from a tree-hugger) exactly what you would expect from a radical liberal whos only contribution to society is bitching and moaning.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:06 PM  

  • I am NOT a pedophile; don't know about you or your hero. Rush went to the Dominican Republic (a country known for sex tourism with underage girls) with bootleg Viagra. BTW, my handle was a reference to the movie Napoleon Dynamite.

    Rush isn't exactly a stranger to personal attacks, and he doesn't exactly contribute much to society in terms of making things, creating jobs, protecting the country etc.

    I guess you think Rush can dish it out but can't take it. So he needs you to defend his sensitive soul against "hateful tactics and personal attacks."

    You dittoheads don't make me angry; you make me laugh. Enjoy your irrelevancy.

    By Anonymous vote4pedro, at 10:31 PM  

  • you all are haters.Project much? Wow, you really nailed... you.

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 10:12 AM  

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