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Sunday, February 08, 2009

I'll Stop Making Fun Of Obama

When an ex-SNL alum goes on Broadway to lampoon President Obama by, amongst other things, projecting a photo of the presidential penis on the stage.

Don't hold your breath because unlike what occured to ex-President George W. Bush, it just won't happen.

The New York Times via Gateway Pundit:

So far six audience members have stormed out midperformance of the Broadway show “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush,” the comedian Will Ferrell’s lampooning of the 43rd president, according to those keeping count at the Cort Theater. But they haven’t been leaving after a particular Ferrell quip.

They’ve been standing up, instead, after the projection of a supersize photo on the backdrop of the stage. A photo of a penis. Specifically, as Mr. Ferrell (who plays President Bush) leads the audience to believe, the president’s penis. Except that’s not quite right.

“It’s an anonymous but age-appropriate public domain Internet penis,” said Adam McKay, the play’s director. “We went on the Web and got a penis.”

“It’s not the president’s penis, as far as I know [edit: Heh. Heh. Just how would he know?], and Will is 41, so we weren’t going to use his,” Mr. McKay added. “What I do know is that the photo gets one of the great shrieks of delight from the audience, and it’s also the one moment that is followed by people walking out.”

It's not just my sense of lese-majesté horning in. I loved Spitting Image puppets, and howled for hours at the various interpretations of my heroine, Maggie T, and the royals.

When I read in the NYT that the Lebanese had a similar show called "Democracy" (bit vanilla, no? But then, so is "48 Hrs"), which poked gentle fun at the politicians of the day, I clucked approvingly when the show's creator said that everyone is fair game, except the President, since it's against the law to poke fun at the head of government.

Thank God that's not the case in the West, save for ex-Soviet satellites, uncoincidentally enough...

"Mr. Bou-Gedeon becomes grim when asked about the role of comedy, and dramatic art in general, in Lebanon. Only shallow work is possible, he said, because the Lebanese are always trying to escape themselves.

“Shakespeare said, ‘Show a mirror to the people,’ ” he said. “But people do not want to see themselves here. They want an image that is false, not the truth."

No one should be above comedy, especially our leaders. It's a healthy society which can poke fun at those who would rule us. Moreso, when there is absolutely no punishment for doing that.

But with Bush, and with conservatives, it's never gentle, it's never even-handed, it's never even funny -- it's always this side of juvenile, and demented (hello Margaret Cho).

Theirs is no mirror they wish to show us. It's an iron maiden, and yet we're supposed to be both Torquemada and torture victim.

QUICK QUIZ

Is this funny?



How about this?



A) Hellz yeah.
B) How dare you?!


If you answered differently for each, you've got an hypocritical sense of humour.

Look, either both are funny, or none are. You can't have it both ways. That's why some of us are upset -- because you only want it one way. Your way.

Sorry, kids. It's our turn now. Being in opposition is fun.

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3 Comments:

  • We just watched the "Harold and Kumar" sequel which ended with President Bush saving the day.

    The portrayal of W wasn't Presidential, but it was kind of cool and funny--and relatively gentle. I was pleasantly surprised.

    By Blogger blake, at Sun Feb 08, 04:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • Hey whadda know-- I just noticed your blogad is showing up now--I swear I didn't touch a thing.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Feb 08, 04:34:00 am GMT-5  

  • You can gauge how funny SNL is by how funny their presidential imitators are. Dan Aykroyd as Nixon and Carter: funny; Joe Piscopo as Reagan: funny; Dana Carvey as Bush 41: hilarious; Phil Hartman as Clinton: ROFL (shoving McDonald's in his face during his morning jog). Will Ferrell's original Bush 43 (note the audience reaction in particular and ignore the editorial text at the end) was funny. It mocked Bush but it wasn't really mean-spirited. Then they had that nobody whose Bush impression was terrible and whose dialogue was unfunny. (As Robert Downey Jr.'s character in "Tropic Thunder" says, "You can't go full retard".)

    I haven't seen the Obama impersonation but I haven't been impressed with the actor who does it so I'm assuming its not funny.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sun Feb 08, 08:43:00 am GMT-5  

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