Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Stop Me If You Think You Haven't Heard This One Before

After reading this article, I have to say that although I like Craig Ferguson and think he is a funny comedian, sometimes when people in a specific industry speak off the cuff, you learn things about that industry that you didn't really want to hear. With regard to the David Letterman extortion/cheating on his live-in fiasco, comedians have been holding back, or not telling jokes at all. Ferguson said, "If we are now holding late-night talk show hosts to the same moral accountability as we hold politicians or clergyman, I'm out". Did you get that? He's not telling jokes about Letterman because that would be holding someone morally accountable who shouldn't be held to the same moral accountability. Which logically would mean that they shouldn't be telling jokes about John and Kate, or Britney Spears or O.J. or basically everyone they currently make fun of, because, for some reason, they shouldn't be held morally accountable for the stupid things that they do. Because they are not politicians or clergymen or something. An even more interesting point about the comment is that the reason comedians make jokes in the first place is to hold someone accountable. A joke isn't a joke, it is a moral judgment, made by a person who is not morally accountable for their own behavior. I guess if you want to make a joke about someone, you first have to make sure the standards you hold your own behavior to are lower than whoever you are mocking. I would make some comment about comedians being able to dish it out, but not being able to take it, but that would make me as bad as those people who criticized Roman Polanski and his child rape fiasco.

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