Today's Comedy Coward: Jason Alexander
What a punk.
Long story shortened, on the Craig Ferguson show, "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander, mocked the game of cricket by declaring it "gay." At first, Alexander defended his comedic bit on Twitter, but not long after...
Read this and tell me Jason Alexander wasn't blinking out an SOS while writing it. It's around a thousand words long, but here are the money quotes:
Shortly after that however, a few of my Twitter followers made me aware that they were both gay and offended by the joke. And truthfully, I could not understand why. I do know that humor always points to the peccadillos or absurdities or glaring generalities of some kind of group or another – short, fat, bald, blonde, ethnic, smart, dumb, rich, poor, etc. It is hard to tell any kind of joke that couldn’t be seen as offensive to someone. But I truly did not understand why a gay person would be particularly offended by this routine.
However, troubled by the reaction of some, I asked a few of my gay friends about it. And at first, even they couldn’t quite find the offense in the bit. But as we explored it, we began to realize what was implied under the humor. I was basing my use of the word “gay” on the silly generalization that real men don’t do gentile, refined things and that my portrayal of the cricket pitch was pointedly effeminate , thereby suggesting that effeminate and gay were synonymous.
But what we really got down to is quite serious. It is not that we can’t laugh at and with each other. It is not a question of oversensitivity. The problem is that today, as I write this, young men and women whose behaviors, choices or attitudes are not deemed “man enough” or “normal” are being subjected to all kinds of abuse from verbal to physical to societal. They are being demeaned and threatened because they don’t fit the group’s idea of what a “real man” or a “real woman” are supposed to look like, act like and feel like.
For these people, my building a joke upon the premise I did added to the pejorative stereotype that they are forced to deal with everyday. It is at the very heart of this whole ugly world of bullying that has been getting rightful and overdue attention in the media. And with my well-intentioned comedy bit, I played right into those hurtful assumptions and diminishments.
And the worst part is – I should know better. My daily life is filled with gay men and women, both socially and ...
Sorry. I couldn't take it any more.
What we have here is a comedic actor making a mealy-mouthed apology for ... offending someone.
When exactly will homosexuals no longer be protected from satire and acerbic comedy? We know for a fact that within the entertainment industry, gays and lesbians have plenty of power. We also know that homosexuals now wield all kinds of political power. And more power to them.
But now that the gay community is in a position of power, doesn't that mean that they are now fair game for satire.
In my opinion, except for those who are incapable of fighting back like people with Down syndrome, everyone should always be fair game for satire, but most especially the powerful. And these days the gay community is plenty powerful.
Moreover, in supposed defense of gays and lesbians, the left employs some of the biggest and most vicious bullies in the universe. But we're not even allowed to fight back because that would be homophobic.
Alexander could've been a crusader in this area -- a champion for free speech. Instead, he's groveling like a bullied, whipped dog.