I was going to write a post about the cowardly actions of Comedy Central in their censoring of the South Park Mohammed episode but when I read Mark Steyn’s column in the National Review this morning, I decided to highlight some of Mark’s biting satire on the topic instead.
No one is more effective in skewering Left-wingnuts and their irrational head-up-butt thinking then Mark Steyn. His satiric and sarcastic writing style packs a powerful punch and his column in NRO’s Saturday edition entitled “Not too Hip and Edgy for Censorship” packs a whollop. Mark goes after the cowardly Hollywood hipsters while highlighting the Left’s outrageous hypocrisy in its current war on the Tea Party movement.
So the brave, transgressive comedy network was intimidated into caving in and censoring a speech about not being intimidated into caving in. That’s what I call “hip,” “edgy,” “cutting-edge” comedy: They’re so edgy they’re curled up in the fetal position, whimpering at the guy with the cutting edge, “Please. Behead me last. And don’t use the rusty scimitar where you have to saw away for 20 minutes to find the spinal column.
So enough with all the punch-pulling about seditious, racist homophobes. It was time to go for broke and bring out Bill Clinton to explain why the tea parties are the new front in the war on terror. Don’t worry about Iran’s nuclear program, but if you meet a tea-party supporter waving some placard about the national debt, try not to catch his eye and back away slowly without making any sudden movements, lest he put down his placard and light up his suicide belt.
The Left doesn’t fear violence from the Tea Party: it prays for it. And I use the word ‘pray’ in its alternative, non-affiliated, secular sense, of course. Isolated acts of violence perpetrated by right-leaning white guys are like political manna rained down from a progressive providence. Oh, Happy Day! This type of violence doesn’t frighten Lefties simply because it’s always a one off deal. It’s not the type of violence that is organized, entrenched, fanatical, ongoing, and communally approved. The one off act of violence from the Right and the White may be horrendously devastating and may kill and injure many but its not the type of violence that intimidates a society at its core cultural level.
It is the Mafia model of intimidation that effectively silences critics, limits freedoms, and slants perceptions. So when the producers at Comedy Central sensed even a vague threat coming from someone with a Muslin sounding name, their hip and edgy heinies hit the deck faster than their audience could say South Park. Ouch! Now that’s gotta hurt the Hollywood holier-than-thou hubris.