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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Report: Colbert


(L-R) Uncomfortable silence; unflinching courage

Regarding Saturday night's White House Correspondent's Dinner and Stephen Colbert's monologue.

It’s the fact that Bush is sitting right there, about 10 feet away. The proximity gave the performance enormous power. So many are appalled by the man. Angry at the man. But to tell him off to his face, without flinching, without wavering, blowing only one line, but backing up to get it right, because this part isn’t throwaway, it’s throw it in your face. Mr. President, sir. “Pay no attention to the people that say the glass is half full. 32% means the glass -- it's important to set up your jokes properly, sir. Sir, pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, because 32% means it's 2/3 empty.”

Got that, sir? At long last, do you get it?

It’s the proximity of the attack, and it’s the fact that the truth of what Colbert said, the truth that the mainstream, everyday, workaday world ignores, is an attack, an affront to the Neocons. Or, as Colbert said, reality has a well-known liberal bias.

Due to the proximity of the boy emperor, it was the equivalent of a pie in the face. Here’s someone who has been insulated from the effect of his actions his entire life, until finally a lowly cable-circuit comedian breaks through and creams him, leaves him dripping, embarrassed, and, in the best case scenario, human. In this case, not so much.

It was shocking because it happened in a normally safe cultural context – an official function, televised, even if only on C-SPAN.

It was powerful because the target was more than one buffoon, it was the assembled gatekeepers of publicly disseminated information, the press, the enablers of the atrocity that is the Bush Administration. The monologue indicted the entire room for collusion in government via “powerfully staged photo-ops.”

The truth hurts. And Colbert definitely drew blood. The pie analogy is much too soft, actually. The Rocky analogy Colbert used was about right. But it wasn’t so much Colbert delivering the blows, as it was his pointing out that the Bush Administration has created a bloody mess, and is itself a horrifying sight. The performance said, "Allow me to draw back the curtain, people, because you need to see this."

And now we have Neil Young’s new album, Living with War, with the let’s-not-mince-words call to impeach the president (although that song, Let’s Impeach the President, features a children’s sing-song melody that is so inappropriate to my ears that it creeps me out somehow).

Over the past three or four years I’ve wondered why we haven’t seen much cultural response to our abysmal government. Shocked into silence after 9/11. Afraid to criticize. Whatever. Out here on the Web, we've been laboring, pushing, pulling, trying to make it happen. Amusing ourselves if nothing else. Now, in the culture at large, it seems it’s finally starting to happen. Thank you, Stephen Colbert.

Comments:
Yeah .. pretty much what you said. Still astonishing to me, after all these years, that it's taken this long .. the rape is / was almost complete.

Extremely telling, so to speak, that the biting satire has been met with deafening silence by the mainstream media. I wonder how many people in that group actually wonder about their principles and personal integrity in the wee hours of he morning, staring at the ceiling.

The only part of Colbert's performanec that didn't seem like satire to me was when he said "Mr. preznit, I think I'm the right person for the job pf Press Secretary, because I really do hold all of these people in contempt."
 
and i hope that somehow we can then remember that Bush isnt REALLY the problem, but the system that creates Bushes and gives him the POWER to do what he does


by all means, impeach the man...least we can do

but we have a ways to go yet


unfortunately, it will prolly take another war somewhere else started by a Lib/Dem to remind us of that
 
thank you, Robert. Now I realize why I don't like Neil Young's impeach the prez song. The children's song melody *is* appropriate -- let's impeach the president, so we can all feel better about being a society of angry, ignorant, exploited children.
 
"At the recent White House Correspondents Dinner, master comedian Stephen Colbert performed magnificently. With the rapier of wit and the mace of truth, he respectively skewered and censured the presidency of "dum'ass botch". And that's not all Mr Colbert accomplished.

Tucked away in his address to the dinner's flabbergasted attendees, like a ticking time bomb, there was an "easter egg", which we had absolutely . . . here "we" is a polite nod . . . NO right to expect. Like the Easter Bunny in a mischievous mood, Mr Colbert camouflaged a bon mot, so profound as to approach philosophical.

oh, before I reveal Mr Colbert's casual accomplishment, I should like to preface with a cave-- . . . "

The above blue text, which is enclosed within quotes, can be found appended to the article, which is located on the other side of the below hyperlink.

thanking you in advance for your gracious patience,

toodles
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.he who is known as sefton

http://hewhoisknownassefton.blogspot.com/2006/04/rehabilitation-of-and-by-and-for-right.html

. . . oh, yeah, I should add that the full title for that post is "rehabilitation of and by and for the right wing" . . .
 
sefton, not only is your comment insufferable, it's SPAM! What kind of idiot do you take me for? Don't ever comment here again, please.
 
Bruce, sefton has been doing this for years. He has does it on a circuit. He used to be A. Alexander Stella, and A. Alexander "Bogey" Stella. That creepy style is designed to drive people into murderous rages. Every time he spams a blog, Martin Seligman unleashes another authentic happiness ghoul to afflict mankind.
 
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