Maureen Dowd writes a great review of Will Ferrell’s broadway show “You’re Welcome America” doing his Bush impersonation. In the show Bush “reveals that he did walk in on Cheney once in the basement of the White House locked in the amorous arms of a giant goat devil in a room full of pentagrams. “He looked at me with solid silver glowing orb-like eyes, and his breath had a strong ammonia scent to it,” Ferrell’s W. said. “And he told me in a language that I knew in my heart hadn’t been spoken in a thousand years ‘Pariff Go Lanerff!’ And I just ran.”
After witnessing such a sight, it’s amazing he wasn’t intimidated into a pardon for Scooter Libby. Today’s NYTimes quotes aides saying that Cheney lobbied fiercely for a pardon and Cheney issued a rare rebuke in an interview with The Weekly Standard last month that “I strongly believe that he deserved a presidential pardon,” and that “I disagree with President Bush’s decision.” Other conservative commentators said it was like leaving a soldier on the battlefield. But, come on, Bush already commuted Libby’s sentence, so the only consequence of his perjury is that he is a convicted felon and therefore can no longer practice law. Tisk, tisk.
The Colbert Report has come out with a line of Spitzer greeting cards great for any occasion (even Flag Day)!
Published February 26, 2008
Mike B. , Satire
Dan Bakkedahl investigates why folks in Shakopee, Minnesota refuse to put a fence around their women’s prison even if it is full of lesbionic dildo-wielding rapists.
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Morgan Spurlock included paintings by Ron English in his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me”. In December, English is publishing a coffee table retrospective of his work and the image, “MC Milkshake”, above is on the cover. You can see more of his work at http://popaganda.com/. Is it art? Is English the new Warhol? Either way I like it.
One aspect of his work involves ‘liberating’ commercial billboards with his own messages. Frequent targets of his work include Joe Camel, McDonalds, and Mickey Mouse. Ron English can be considered the “celebrated prankster father of agit-pop”, who wrangles carefully created corporate iconographies so that they are turned upside down, and are used against the very corporation they are meant to represent.
Published November 2, 2007
government , Mike B. , Satire , Uncategorized
In today’s Strib, Paul Lewis writes about the ascendancy of Stephen Colbert as one of America’s great satirists. Colbert, seen above running for president in South Carolina (his home state), “takes his conservative politics to absurd extremes, exposing their grounding in bad values, including but not limited to homophobia, religious pride, American exceptionalism, and greed.”
Those who worry about the rising cynicism of the American electorate would be wrong to blame satirists like Colbert, Jon Stewart and Bill Maher for the trend. Satire directed at politicians becomes convincing not by virtue of its cleverness but by virtue of its accuracy. They could not make Dick Cheney seem like Darth Vader or George W. Bush seem like a blithering fool — any more than Rush Limbaugh could make Bill Clinton seem like a rogue — unless their targets provided a wealth of material. It takes a good deal of folly, corruption, mismanagement and hypocrisy to support effective satire. A sense of these failings and of their serious costs intensifies the impact of the satirist’s dark wit.
Lewis compares Colbert with Thomas Nast who, in the 1870s, drove Boss Tweed and the Tammany Ring from power in New York.
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