Monday, October 15, 2012

Truth in humour

I thought this video was funny, and of course I often think Bill Maher is funny. I also have to admit that the fact that the rightwing in the US starts twitching at the very mention of his name makes me even a little more disposed to like him. Nevertheless, I thought this video was particularly good, especially when he takes on a leading anti-gay group and the lack of consequence for being outrageously wrong.

One of the biggest problems I have with Romney his running mate Paul Ryan—apart from the fact that they’re wrong about pretty much everything—is that they’re so often deliberately wrong: They lie, in other words. I’ve never seen a major party candidate lie as much or as frequently as Romney has always done, and as Ryan is doing, too. This isn’t just disgusting—it’s dangerous.

Still, wrapping the criticism in sarcasm and humour, as Bill Maher does, at least makes it possible to have a laugh at the chutzpah of these brazenly and deliberately wrong extremists—until the reality and seriousness return, of course.


Roger Owen Green said...

I'm not much of a fan of Maher - I find him more than occasionally wrongheaded, but this was actually good.

Arthur Schenck said...

I like him better than I used to. Whether he's changed or I have, though, I don't know.