Parker gets it right about a small tiny problem: In yesterday’s Washington post, Kathleen Parker wrote another excellent column about the small misogyny problem found in both major tribes.
Because we live in a tribal culture, we don’t think we had even heard about the fate of Louis C.K.:
PARKER (3/18/12): Like most women in the media, I’ve grown accustomed to vile and vicious attacks. It’s part of the marinade in which we swim now. I’ve always figured, well, that’s the game. Get tough. Hit delete. Deal. But my feelings, raw as they may be at times, are not what matters. What does matter is that our children are growing up in a world that believes it’s okay to denigrate women. They are witnesses to adults laughing at jokes about women being sluts, whores and worse. When the object of derision is Sarah Palin, “jokes” are made even about her child with Down syndrome.Apparently, Louis got disinvited from one of them journalist dinner affairs. Or something. On our side of the tribal divide, such things don’t get discussed.
Which brings us back to Louis C.K., whose “jokes” are so beyond anything we should find funny that it’s hard to comprehend how he was selected to amuse a group of journalists. He calls Palin a “retard-making [expletive]” and refers to “the baby that just came out of her [expletive] disgusting,” um, birth canal.
If you’re not disgusted, please leave now. Comedian Bill Maher similarly insulted Palin, though not nearly as graphically. Palin supporters and others concerned with decency have wondered where the outrage was then. Fair question.
We knew Louis a tiny bit a long time ago in Boston. (Good decent feller. Most people are.) We are giant fans of Bill Maher, by far the best of a generation. But Bill was very disappointing in this interview with Jake Tapper.
Bill ran and hid behind “I’m a comedian.” Sorry. That’s total crap. And by the way: Stand-up comedy is not “the final frontier of free speech.” That shows how far we can get swept by the need for the tribal defense. (It’s OK when our tribe does it! Here! Just let me explain!)
We see that Parker has over 1700 comments. Let us guess that the judgments rendered will sometimes be highly tribal. Our side is just as dumb as theirs when it comes to the tribal defense.