Might want to put down your “book” Brucey boy, there’s a young buck aiming for your crown.
Jeff (IloveCapitalism), The America’s Dumbest Homosexual Franchise:
Friday satire – from the Onion
You know who we haven’t looked in on in a while? Our good friend, B. Daniel Blatt, America’s Dumbest Homosexual™.
And well, I really should. When last we left our dear old love letter to self-hating minorities, he seemed to be on the edge. When he wasn’t bitter that a direct expansion of his rights were forcing forcing, I say, him to write some dismissive blather about how inferior it was to his failed attempt to try and write a book. Well, he was trying to start the saddest radio show in the history of man or sending cries for help disguised as vacation updates.
And well, it seems that the strain of being ol Brucey has gotten to the point that he’s mostly retired to the sidelines to let some new failure who goes by the oh-so-not-compensating for things handle of Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) (yeah, that nym handle is by far the largest thing on him).
Which brings up possibly the most important question of all.
Can Jeffy boy suck (as in being terrible, rather than the sexual act, because frankly, if any of these clowns actually did get some it might cure them of their constant unending hatred for all their kin. Though, I wouldn’t wish that fate on any gay, bi, pan, or allsexual man on the planet) as much as the King?
Only one way to find out.
Shorter* (or the last port before Jungle):
- I’m going to try and play a bizarre form of gotcha with a comedy website. I’m sure I’ll definitely come out ahead here… Ah, how could I have lost!
You know it’s said that wingnuts don’t understand satire…
Those people are 100% correct. And that’s largely because satire is at its best and most successful as part of an inherently anti-authoritarian action. Something to remove the gravitas of something that takes itself seriously, but has not truly earned the halo it exploits. Something to rip apart something fucked up but entrenched and point out the bizarre underlying logic that endures simply because people have gotten used to it. Something to point out the hack techniques or tropes that reinforce banality**.
Something to make one think. To question that which one has taken for granted. To afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted with dark comedy. It can be powerful to laugh at the truly horrifying reality some communities face. It can make it hurt less.
And it’s this aspect that makes it a mystery that is seen as inherently dangerous and vile to the right wing.
After all, their arguments work best when people don’t question things, accept the tropes of “it’s always been so” without concern, and give nothing but dour respect to those who deserve nothing but scorn. Fear empowers their narratives, as much as comedy, empathy, or simply being vocal empowers the basic humanity of everyone else.
It’s part and parcel of the general inability of the right-wing to understand the essence of comedy. Unable to understand why just reversing the barbs cast upwards at those who abuse and destroy don’t work as well when thrown downwards on those without power.
That being said…
There’s not understanding satire and then there’s… well, let me just post the whole thing. It’s not that long (not the only time any of the ADH crew hear that).
P.S. If you feel that anti-gay discrimination is too serious to joke about (and it is, in some places): then please re-think your willingness (if any) to excuse Islamist dictatorships, and/or your opposition to gun rights.
So let’s start at the beginning.
The article itself is actually a pretty brutal Onion article sledgehammering the ubiquity of anti-gay discrimination, violence, and loss of civil rights. It’s in every regard, exactly the sort of article that would comfort the afflicted or those who care about the abuses that gay people face even in the “improving” cultures happening worldwide…
Yanno, if any of the Quisling Brigade actually gave a fuck about gay rights as anything other than an occasional cudgel to beat Middle Eastern cultures over the head with.
Which might explain the whole… everything else.
Okay, now let me break out the mango-dissection tools, let’s see, biohazard containment suit…
P.S. If you feel that anti-gay discrimination is too serious
Every time wingnuts and other defenders of the status quo try and play “gotcha” with a minority population, it’s always such an amazing own goal and demonstration that these overprivileged fucks couldn’t bother to understand even the most rudimentary aspect of their opponent’s position.
I mean, here we get an attempt at pulling a “PC culture” gotcha trying to argue that oh, those liberals say that rape jokes and “jokes” about tying queers to fenceposts aren’t funny, so ha, that must mean that liberals hate all humor about so-called “serious subjects”.
Which A) No. That’s not how it works. And B) the gotcha loses a little impact when it’s so transparently fake and disingenuous. Actual complaints by those hurt or triggered by “jokes” that only serve to bully oppressed populations or continue terrorism against them come from genuine pain. Which is something this bizarre “request” clearly lacks… among other things.
to joke about (and it is, in some places):
You know. Some places. Those places where there’s a lot of (whisper)brown(/whisper) people. But not the areas of brown people where white American conservatives are trying to install an anti-gay theocratic government. More the… well, just the muslimy countries really. We need some hippie claptrap excuse to bomb them to protect something now that our hallow pretenses of helping the women of the area is universally accepted as the bitter joke it always was.
then please re-think your willingness
I think this may be my favorite part. Because ol’ Jeffy’s post is not even 40 words long if you don’t count the Onion article title.
And yet somehow he managed to get lost in his own bullshit in the middle of his ONE and ONLY ONE sentence.
How do you even manage that?
So yeah, not even one comma in and he’s already castrated himself (eh, he didn’t need them) on his false “hey liberals, aren’t some things off limits” pose by deciding:
“Durr, liberals get offended by shit and say ‘that’s not funny’, so I’m going to pretend to be cross at this article using humor to bring home a liberal point about homophobia… hey, if the comedy writers are liberals then they must be the humorless prudes too, so they must agree that things aren’t funny so they must be just as mad at their own article and agree with my bizarre strawman allowing me to pull out other strawmen to set on fire in a brilliant pyromaniacal haze.”
To which I say, oh, Jeff, honey… you might just make it after all to the pinnacled heights of being the Worst Homosexual™!
Yeah, I see you there! Leaking that straw everywhere. Not so funny now when I’ve got your stake. Oh noes! Iz falling on me! Make the liberal stop attacking my family values!
to excuse Islamist dictatorships,
It is impressive how much right-wingers suffer from Jihad envy. Wah, you’re always making fun of our systems of oppression instead of catering to our petty hatreds and picking easy targets considering the base of power in the countries where these articles are written.
Also, um, the article kinda rips into all cultures, not really leaving anyone that off the hook for the global problem of homophobia. But I guess, if it doesn’t exclusively focus on muslim countries, then it might as well be ignoring them in the world of the wingnut.
I suppose it’s the same logic that makes it anti-Christian discrimination whenever a single TV show or media source acknowledges the existence of people who aren’t white, straight cisgendered Christian males.
I apologize completely. It’s not that wingnuts don’t understand satire.
It’s that they despise it.
They despise people making fun of their bullshit for being stupid and people not showing them respect simply because they reinforce the traditional narratives even to the point of abasing themselves like Jeff and Bruce.
Oh, they understand when someone is using satire and just what it is saying about sad sacks like the folks at Gay Putzriot. And they hold a grudge for as long as they can. Even if it means looking like a complete fuckwad who can’t even understand that trying to concern troll a comedy site is like trying to suck up the pacific ocean with a straw.
Not only is it impossible, but it just makes you look like the undateable git you are to all the fine surfer dudes running by.
‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. I supposed it’s kind of both of them to remove themselves from the dating pool so thoroughly and thus protect any unsuspecting queer dudes the utter horror that would entail. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™
**Such as the ones employed in every single one of my posts. Yeah, I’ve been phoning it in since about August 2012