The River

Monday, March 01, 2004

Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between what's flesh and what's fantasy
and the poets down here
Don't write nothing at all,
they just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night they reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand
but they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland

-- Bruce Springsteen, Jungleland

Or stomped by an elephant

I suppose I should be able to laugh about it, but I just don't think it's funny. Michael Moore being flattened by an elephant-like creature from Lord of the Rings in Billy Crystal's opening number on last night's Oscar show. I mean, laugh at yourself, sure, but what's the net effect here? For me, it's further marginalizing the anti-war view.

It's saying, and I quote: Yes, Michael Moore was right a year ago when he shouted during his Oscar acceptance speech that we live in fictitious times and were about to go to war for fictitious reasons, but so what? Nobody cares, and Michael Moore is a fool not for being wrong in what he said, but for being wrong for speaking out against the war in general. It doesn't matter. It's all a show. None of this is real. Return to your numbed consumerist existence. War is the answer. Everyone understands that now. It simply doesn't matter what the question is. You may be vaguely angry about it (and you may meet a few tiresome radicals who can be much more specific) but what can ya do?

What's on TV? Hoho, look, man killed by elephant. Hahahahaha. That is so funny. Look kids. Isn't that hilarious? Fake violent death. Gotta love it. And with the added thrill of quashing a non-conformist. I am SOOO glad this show doesn't traffic in low-class entertainment and showing an almost-naked breast. As long as you can only see the outline under fabric.

Whew. I'm glad my TV will smooth out those nagging issues when they crop up from time to time. War good, anti-war bad. Violence good, human body bad. Winning good, losing detestable. Any mean necessary good, limitations based on human rights bad. Fantasy war good, real war..uh, also good (because also fantasy), reality, no clue, entertainment, always on.

And I love the speed. All I know is that Michael Moore was killed by an elephant last night. It was funny. The cleverness was apparent in every line of the skit. There were 10 thousand and 5 jokes, nudges and winks in those three minutes. The moves were honed to perfection. Billy Crystal, what a talent. Love that guy. That Michael Moore, not so funny. Isn't his time up?

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