TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022
Today, tomorrow, forever: On Sunday evening, in Tinseltown, Chris Rock was conducting a somewhat typical "middle school"-style roast.
Amy Schumer had already told at least one very good joke. As we noted yesterday, her very good joke went like this:
This year, the academy hired three women to host because it’s cheaper than hiring one man.
As we noted yesterday, we don't know if Tinseltown's pay scales are really anything like that. But really good jokes evade fact-checks, and that was a darn good joke!
On this unfortunate occasion, Rock's joke pretty much wasn't. (His joke about Rihanna in 2016 was much more invasive, tasteless and worse.) Elsewhere, he's done superlative work.
Rock delivered his roast-style joke; Will Smith didn't like it. The next day, Kevin Drum tried to parse the whole thing out. At the start of a short, somewhat whimsical post, it looks like he got it wrong:
DRUM (3/28/22): It seems like the whole Will Smith-Chris Rock thing needs some added juice to keep it going. But what? They're both Black, so there's no racial angle. They're both cis men, so there's no gender or sexual orientation angle...
Boomer, please! Drum was already wrong on at least two points:
Within our low-IQ national culture, incidents of this type never need added juice. Concerning the search for a racial angle, within our failing liberal / progressive tribe, there's always a batch of identity angles waiting to be put on display when such incidents occur.
Enter Karen Attiah. In this morning's Washington Post, she was granted a large display for an identity-soaked column about this basically stupid incident.
The various statements in Attiah's column can't be said to be "wrong." But her perceptions are identity-fueled pretty much all the way down.
Her column is fully identity-soaked. She even works a shot at "ableism" into her endless critique.
That doesn't mean that her various statements are "wrong." Her column does help us see why our liberal / progressive tribe is able to lose so many elections at this point in time.
We may critique Attiah's column line by line on some bright sunny day. Today, it would be too depressing.
Instead, we'll close with a second pretty good joke. This one is drawn from the comments to Attiah's column:
A black guy hits another black guy, and white people get blamed.
Who could have seen that coming……
As with Schumer's joke, so too here. "White people get blamed?" We're not even sure that happens in Attiah's column (though almost everything does).
That said, the commenter plainly comes close enough for political comedy work. In truth, Attiah's column is obsessive, unintelligent, just not very smart. Also, it's plainly designed to lose votes.
"Who could have seen that coming?" To his vast credit, not Drum!