I was of course mad deep in Twitter during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Reaction there to Wanda Sikes’ swipe at Boss Limbaugh was instantaneous, and, of course, it is the superstar of the water cooler.
Did she go too far? Oooooooooh? She said she hopes Limbaugh’s kidneys would fail. Boogey boogey boogey.
Have they ever heard of David Feherty?
Feherty is, of all things, a golf commentator for CBS. He wrote this in D Magazine, a regional tourism promoter in Dallas, Texas:
If you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama Bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and Bin Laden would be strangled to death.
Let’s face it. If you’re politically liberal, as some who write for this Web log might be, you thought Fehrety’s comments were repulsive and that Sikes’ comments were perfectly reasonable and funny. But there is more to this comparison than political bias. There’s also context.
Wanda Sikes is a professional comedian. She is a female of color. She is a lesbian. She was asked to perform at an event that has the flavor of a Friars’ Club Roast. Comics who perform at this event are somewhat expected to work blue. Stephen Colbert used the opportunity to brilliantly spoof and confront the Immediate Past and Miserably Failed President right to his face.
Boss Limbaugh said, specifically, that he wants the President of the United States to fail. Some, including some who may actually write for this Web log, may consider this sentiment to be somewhat unpatriotic. Wanda Sikes apparently shares this opinion with us. So, she said, he hopes you fail; I hope his kidneys fail.
David Feherty put it in black and white that any American soldier would want to assassinate the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader of the Senate. This not only paints a hulking, violent illustration where these two duly elected leaders are concerned, but it broadly insults our civilian military as well.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: Conservatives are funny like a catheter. There is a reason that “The Daily Show” has been on the air since July 1996 and “The 1/2 Hour News Hour” went 17 episodes. Stop trying to be funny, conservatives. You suck at it. SUCK.