Uptight White






:: Swear With Flair (edit).mp3 ::

Ah, how I long for the innocence of last week. Remember Don Imus?

Randy Newman once said of Lester Maddox: "He may be a fool, but he's our fool". I think what he meant is that while we may not take responsibility for an Adolf Hitler, or a Saddam Hussein or a Kim Jong il, when it comes to a Lester Maddox or a Don Imus for that matter, we have only Americans to blame. You might wonder who listens to Don Imus? Americans.

Yes, it's getting more and more politically correct in here. God knows the '70s were a liberating period in American history. Comedians like Lenny Bruce paved the way for the Richard Pryors, George Carlins and Don Imuses to come. At long last someone could stand in a comedy club and say shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits, as well as any number of derogatory ethnic terms, and the sheer release generated by those words rolling off the tongue so freely and without guilt or embarrassment was, well, liberating to previously uptight (white) Americans.

At the same time, political correctness was beginning to seep in, and Don Imus was there to counteract it. In the mornings, Imus couldn't use any of the 7 forbidden words on his NBC radio show, but in the comedy clubs at night, anything went. Not only could he talk about any subject he chose to talk about, he could talk about that subject using any form of language or vernacular he liked. These days thanks to satellite radio, talkers can bring the late night comedy club to morning radio, and gee, I wouldn't be surprised if Don Imus wound up there, where he can say whatever he wants, and offend whoever might be offended, without fear of consequence. Don Imus may be an asshole, but he's our asshole. Deal with it.



Mike
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Friday, July 08, 2011 6:48:00 PM

this album is hillarious    



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