Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A soothing balm in this our Age of Hypersensitivity

I'm very tempted to delve further into the problem of America's irony shortage so clearly demonstrated by this inane New Yorker controversy (see previous post), but for now, instead of getting hot in the heels I'll defer to my man Bill Maher, whom I can always count on to cut through the bullshit.

From an article on the Times website: “If you can’t do irony on the cover of The New Yorker, where can you do it?”

Then, to illustrate the fact that his show is undeterred by concerns for sensitivity: “'There’s been this question about whether he’s black enough,' Mr. Maher said. 'I have this joke: What does he have to do? Dunk? He bowled a 37 — to me, that’s black enough.'”

(photo: Phil McCarten/Reuters.  I fear no one more than I fear intellectual property lawyers.)

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