Sunday, February 27, 2005

Our hubris, ourselves

Robin Williams can't make fun of James Dobson on the Oscars tonight. Nor can he hint that Olive Oyl is anorexic nor that Betty Boop is a bit of a tramp or that Caspar the ghost wears white because he's in the Ku Klux Klan.

Seems the official enforcers of fear and loathing at the FCC are winning. We're all afraid to laugh now. Laughter is bad. We might offend someone.

Cultures that can no longer laugh at themselves because we are taking ourselves too fucking seriously are headed for the enormous fall. You know, the hubris fall. Read Greek tragedy. Bone up on the word. You're going to be hearing a lot about it in the next few years. Trust me.

28 comments:

FunkyB said...

I'm not watching "the show" tonight. Not because of Robin Williams or Chris Rock, but because "the show" filed legal action against a local radio station holding a promotion. "The show" stated that their name was protected by copyrights and therefor should not be spoken on air by the Dj, or used in conjunction with any promotion.

As for laughing... I agree with you, but I will NOT go there. If it gets so bad (and it is almost there) that laughing is a cultural anomoly, I'm starting a commune. We'll all walk around naked and laugh at each other.

Thomas said...

But at least we can always make fun of James Dobson here.

sideshow bob said...

The political climate around these days regarding the FCC and "decency" reminds me of the line from the South Park movie, "Horrifying violence is ok, as long as no one says any naughty words!" I'm paraphrasing here, but that seemes to be the lines we are choosing to draw in our society.
I saw on the Daily Show the other day a piece about indecency in which someone said the the Fox network has this whole thing figured out: They have millions of people watching filth and depravity one their one channel, and million of other who tune in to their news network to obsess about how outraged they are by it all.
By the way, the oscars, like the grammys, are irrelevant to an hilarious degree. Eternal Sunshine was THE best picture

Snave said...

Dobson... urgh.

"Focus on your own damned family!"

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