Salon’s Patton Oswalt peace summit –

Posted: March 12, 2015 in Entertainment

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Isn’t calling someone a “scold and shusher” being a scold and shusher? Reminds me of that old Woody Allen (or was it Monty Python?) skit where the new secret weapon to destroy the enemy is the world’s funniest joke. It works for awhile but eventually blows back and kills the friendlies – friendly fire. Eventually the joke teller becomes the victim of his own jokes and just looks like a buffoon, or worse. I never heard of Patton Oswalt before reading this. Interesting discussion but I kinda think he overplays the ‘comedy can solve all bullshit eventually’ meme. It’s the “eventually” that bothers me. It’s kind of like saying, “don’t worry if you are lynched by skinheads who don’t like the colour of your skin, we’ll kill them with ridicule as revenge.”

It’s not about being PC, I hate that as much as anyone. Don’t ban words. But, like the racist Oklahoma fraternity school bus chanters, sometimes you have to pay for being assholes with more than just having your ego smashed by a good joke. I don’t know that you can ridicule away that kind of generational racism.

I mean who the hell knew what Bill Cosby was up to all those years? I laughed along with him for decades. Did he tell rape jokes? I don’t remember. Did I laugh? Probably.

Yea parody can be a powerful weapon but it’s not the be-all and end-all in the progressive arsenal. Bill O’Reilly has been ridiculed for more than a decade and his followers are just as stupid and loyal and even more numerous than ever. He also has to be judged by standards of journalistic integrity. Not shushed, but sanctioned. Not scolded, but punished, financially and professionally for disseminating hate, bigotry and violence. It didn’t cost him anything for his Tiller the Killer campaign because, like Patton Oswalt, he defended himself by claiming he was taken out of context…..

Peter Guenther

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