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Thursday, October 25, 2007

not only that, norman lear is a bigot

we usually agree w/jessica and melissa, but this time, we think they're way off.

consider this episode of the comic strip crankshaft:

Example

many of the ladies' readers, as well as the ladies themselves, think this is a joke about rape and violence against women at worst; even at best, it's a joke in which elderly women's attractability is the punchline.

we say that those folks who are up in arms over this comic are obviously people who don't know the character of ed crankshaft.

crankshaft, a 60 something grumpy bus driver, never has a good word for anybody. crankshaft relishes his misery, and especially enjoys foisting his bad mood onto everybody around him.

he's grumpy, he's rude, he's curmudgeony, he's politically incorrect, he's mean, he's nasty, he's a prick, he's an asshole, he's the kind of guy who makes archie bunker look like mahatma ghandi.

and speaking of mr. bunker, it seems to us that holding cartoonist tom batiuk responsible for having the same views as his creation crankshaft would be like assuming norman lear hates black people because his famous queens dock foreman did.

perhaps because skippy is first and foremost a comedian, he is wont to take the comic's side in a fracas. however, a politically insensitive ficitonal character making a deliberately rude (and politically insensitive) remark to another fictional character isn't the same as, say, michael richards joking about lynching.

now, we are not saying violence against women is funny, we are not saying elderly women aren't attacked, we are not saying them gals jes' oughtta shut up and roll with it.

but we are saying there is context in fiction, and especially in comedy. we hate to point this out, but jessica herself says on her post "i don't know much about this comic, crankshaft, in general"...

we would submit that one might want to research something before opining upon it.

are we alone in the wilderness on this one?

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posted by skippy at 6:58 PM |

3 Comments:

right on, skippy.
commented by Blogger SteveAudio, 12:28 AM PDT  
Knowing a little bit before opening your mouth always seemed like A Good Thing to me.

On the other hand, look at where being completely, totally, unabashedly ignorant has gotten dubya.

skippy awareness week is a great idea. Thanks to you and a few other kind souls blogrolling me, I went from 1K to 7K hits in six months, after taking more than two years to hit the first thou. Thanks, skippy.
commented by Blogger andrew618, 3:25 AM PDT  
"are we alone in the wilderness on this one?"

Umm, No.
Been enjoying Crankshaft for years.
What was said was just like taking a comment out of context.
commented by Blogger Bustednuckles, 9:56 AM PDT  

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