Dec 30th 2009 3:33PM Dave H,
I believe we share the same point in this matter. Television is for everyone, not that every show is for every person, but that a smattering of intrests should exist somewhere on the tele. Yes, that means not all shows will appeal to all audiances and in fact many may offend some viewers. That is when they can CHOOSE to not view the content any longer. With Reno911, Family Guy and Futurama, I find it hard to say that only Mr. Dunhams show is racialy oppressive and takes humor from streroetypes, as well as sexuallt derogatory situations, so many others do as well. I agree with many respondants that the show was a bomb, he is magic on stage and shouldn't have even tried to mess with the formula. But fact is comedians have been condemed for a very long time for making light of issues we fear not speak ourselves. Things (and people) who are diffrent from us are just that diffrent, there for we do not know it, and often fear it. Using humor to sooth that inate fear and allow people to talk about taboo stereotypes or relate how very like the redneck your ex boyfriend has become. Look back at popular comedians of the past, no one was tip toeing around politically incorrect humor, the faced it head on and made it funny. Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Richard Jeni, Whoopi Goldberg and even Steve Martin (the Jerk) have made many an ofensive joke for the sake of the humor it entails. Relax, we have laws that make sure we can read ANY book that exisits to allow us to make the choice and not be repressed, the same should be for entertianment. If it's not what you like don't watch it, pretty simple. I may find fault if someone were perhaps suggesting behaving like the KKK or joining some malicious group, in that they would be dangerous. But Jeff Dunham? not so much.
Nov 5th 2009 8:01AM The whole point of comedians is to take the things that concern us and stress us out and make them light and funny. it is NOT their job to "bridge racial and cultural divides" .. we have presidents,liaisons,ambassadors and international speakers to look to for that. If you are not aware that you should not base your views on that of a comedian then perhaps you are weak of conscience and moral fiber. Comedians (even the most beloved like Bill Cosby, Steve Martin and esp George Carlin) have made it possible to look at ourselves and the idiosyncrasies of the world and enjoy the humor in them. Perhaps it is an American trait to value humor in regards to things that can be "heavy" and see it as an opportunity to make light of the differences that make us unique (many of which are funny - I am from MA, I have had to say "park the car in Harvard yard" every time I travel away from here in hopes they would hear me turn my r's in ahrs, but it's fine, it funny and something I embrace... my accent is not as strong as someone from southie but I find things wicked pissa and I like jimmies on my ice cream... to others that is funny and no I am not in the least offended).... of course I realize they are not attacking my religious beliefs (like the Muslimesque character) but for the vast majority of Americans it is what we are familiar with as a stereotype that has been proven true to certain sects. No one is watching Jeff and walking away saying.. all Muslims are suicidal, bomb loving freaks who have terrible anger issues.... we know it is a JOKE.
Jun 2nd 2009 9:44PM I have never seen this Wendy fellow, oh that's a girl?. I mean Wendy chick, then. An I have no idea what her back story may be BUT from her pictures she does not appear to be as charisma and approachable as Oprah. Actually she give's me a Jerry Springer goes transvestite vibe, but like I said I don't know her. I do have experience with "knowing" Oprah as a fan. While I think that her show does cater to a blue collar portion of our world I don't see that as a bad thing. If she were holding shows about how to load your gat or using your wife's back as a beer rest... I would just be disgusted. She genuinely wants to make a difference in this world. Yes, she makes lots of money doing it, but spends a great deal of it right back out into the charities we all want to help. Her shows are there to inform and educate people and because she was a poor black girl who made it in this world and because she has ALWAYS struggled with food issues makes her that much more worldly. In the last month I have learned good ways to talk to my kids about sex and sexting... an invaluable lesson I feel. I am so shocked by the many negative commenter's on her, and saddened. Curious however, of what talk shows they would watch or listen to instead. As always, to each their own, thank goodness for being and American and having those choices. Oprah has always provided tools that help me make life choices so I choose to watch her show when it is applicable to me.
Apr 30th 2009 6:28PM I agree Debra. My son Donny, has been an A student since beginning school. High Honors every quarter. I know that there is an obvious correlation between name and occupation/perception of applicable occupation, but I just refuse to believe that it is much more than a frequented coincidence and that each individual makes their way. The science makes sense, grouping and the like, but it's too hard for me to swallow, even with a chaser...lol
Dec 28th 2007 4:51PM I have not yet decided who will bear the closest semblance to what I would like to see occur for our country but I must say that when Hilary was first wife there was constant banter of how she really was the mind behind the man and bill was just a male poster boy. Many, many wives in the past have been puppeteers of sorts while their husbands rode up high... mostly because men were and are more acceptable in the American psyche than women as leaders. I say she has already practically run this country for eight years, and almost managed to keep her husband in check... lol... She is on my list of the lesser of many evils but I will not be removing her from consideration because of her suggested lack of experience.