A Reuters story earlier this week confirmed something that 56 million American voters already knew…there’s nothing funny about an Obama administration.
“Obama’s election is great for our country but bad for comedy,” said Michael Musto, a columnist for New York City’s Village Voice. “He is an earnest, intelligent person trying to rescue a country in crisis and that’s not all that hilarious.”
There is nothing even slightly surprising about The Village Voice, in its 40th year as the paper of record of the liberal left, painting President-elect Obama in such a light…”an earnest, intelligent person” going about the grim duty of setting the course of a stricken nation straight.
The Village Voice mind you, had absolutely no problem comparing President George W. Bush to a chimp, and failing to note that he too was a President trying to bring a country back from a national crisis…the greatest national tragedy of our lifetime.
Is my pointing out that Barack Obama and Curious George actually look alike funny, or racist?
Well, that depends I guess:
(But) as comedians try to find ways to poke fun at Obama, his race is unlikely to be the first place they look for material — that is for white comedians at least.
For black comedians, though, the sky’s the limit, said black comedian and “30 Rock” actor Tracy Morgan.
“The president is black, so obviously we’re going to make fun of every situation you could ever imagine about a black president,” he told The New York Times.
“White comedians have got to roll the dice,” he said. “If you go down that road, you better be funny.”
So, as a Hispanic, do I get to make jokes at the expense of Obama’s resemblance to the famed (and much better known) children’s book characater?
More importantly…will Joe Biden be forbidden to EVER wear a yellow hat in public?
(insert rim shot here)
So, after eight years of slinging mud at George W. Bush on a daily basis, predominantly left-leaning white comedians are going to have a difficult time coming up with political humor that sits well with both their ideological leanings, and the requirements of political correctness, while their black counterparts will be having a heyday with the “Brother In Chief”, and his “First Baby Momma.”
There’s something else about this Reuters article that inadvertently paints a very acurate picture of the politics of comedy in the US today…
“Comedy thrives when there are buffoonish targets,” he (Michael Musto from The Village Voice) said. “Traditionally shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’ have done best when dealing with people like President (Gerald) Ford, who couldn’t stand upright all the time, or (Bush) who couldn’t say nuclear, or Sarah Palin who didn’t know Africa’s a continent.”
No mention of the bumbling, inept peanut farmer who couldn’t keep his heart out of the gutter, or the lothario from Little Rock, who couldn’t keep his cigar in his pants…only Republicans are “buffoonish” in the eyes of comedy.