Flag waving comedians

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 26 17:01:00 MDT 2001

Prompted by the apology of Bill Maher, the host of the popular TV 
show "Politically Correct, for having described US high altitude 
bombing as "cowardly", the NY Times had an article today on how 
comedians are rallying around the flag:

>>Ms. Garofalo, who said she'd attended a prayer vigil and hung an 
American flag out her window, also spoke to a common theme of many 
routines: a sudden sense of self-examination.

"Who would have thought that I'd be angry on behalf of my country?" 
Ms. Garofalo said. "I'm used to being angry AT my country."

Indeed, many comics say they find themselves having to strike a 
delicate balance between sympathy and satire, unfamiliar territory 
for both mainstream comics, who work such soft topics as 
relationships, family strife and presidential faux pas, and for 
alternative comedians whose material is often sharply political. Now, 
in dealing with an event far darker than any comic can recall, both 
camps are facing a whole new array of challenges, including many 
audiences with little patience for anything anti-American.

"People are more sensitive to jokes about American society," said 
Greg Giraldo, a New York comic. "Even benign jokes about our weight 
problem or lousy schools, and people are like: 'U.S.A., love it or 
leave it.' "<<

Full article: 

But his did not prevent the lads and lasses at www.theonion.com from 
coming up with some cheeky satire on the state of the nation:

Arab-American Third-Grader Returns From Recess Crying, Saying He 
Didn't Kill Anyone

ROYAL OAK, MI— Eddie Bahri, 8, a Lincoln Elementary School 
third-grader of Iraqi descent, tearfully denied accusations during 
morning recess Tuesday that he was a terrorist who killed a bunch of 
people. "I did not kill anybody," Bahri told classmate Douglas 
Allenby. "And my dad didn't, either, okay?" Also implicated in the 
Sept. 11 attacks was 9-year-old Rajesh Soonachian, a Lincoln 
Elementary fourth-grader of Indian descent.

President Urges Calm, Restraint Among Nation's Ballad Singers

WASHINGTON, DC— In the wake of the recent national tragedy, President 
Bush is urging Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and other singers to 
resist the urge to record mawkish, insipid all-star tribute ballads. 
"To America's recording artists, I just want to say, please, there 
has already been enough suffering," Bush said. "The last thing we 
need right now is a soaring Barbra Streisand-Brian McKnight duet 
titled 'One For All.'" Reports that the FBI had confiscated several 
notebooks and audio tapes from Diane Warren's home could not be 
confirmed as of press time.

Report: Gen X Irony, Cynicism May Be Permanently Obsolete

AUSTIN, TX— According to Generation X sources, the recent attack on 
America may have rendered cynicism and irony permanently obsolete. 
"Remember the day after the attack, when all the senators were 
singing 'God Bless America,' arm-in-arm?" asked Dave Holt, 29. 
"Normally, I'd make some sarcastic wisecrack about something like 
that. But this time, I was deeply moved." Added Holt: "This 
earnestness can't last forever. Can it?"

Dinty Moore Breaks Long Silence On Terrorism With Full-Page Ad

NEW YORK— Nearly two weeks after the attacks on the World Trade 
Center and Pentagon, the makers of Dinty Moore beef stew finally 
weighed in on the tragedy Monday with a full-page ad in USA Today. 
"We at Dinty Moore extend our deepest sympathies to all who have been 
affected by the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001," read the ad, 
which pictured a can of Dinty Moore beef stew at the bottom of the 
page. "The entire Dinty Moore family is outraged by this heinous 
crime and stands firmly behind our leaders." Dinty Moore joins Knoche 
Heating & Cooling and Tri-State Jacuzzi in condemning terrorism.

Bush Sr. Apologizes To Son For Funding Bin Laden In '80s

MIDLAND, TX— Former president George Bush issued an apology to his 
son Monday for advocating the CIA's mid-'80s funding of Osama bin 
Laden, who at the time was resisting the Soviet invasion of 
Afghanistan. "I'm sorry, son," Bush told President George W. Bush. 
"We thought it was a good idea at the time because he was part of a 
group fighting communism in Central Asia. We called them 'freedom 
fighters' back then. I know it sounds weird. You sort of had to be 
there." Bush is still deliberating over whether to tell his son about 
the whole supporting-Saddam Hussein-against-Iran thing.

Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 09/26/2001

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