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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Oscars redux

Posted by: Hammer / 8:12 AM

March 1, 8:12 a.m.

There's some worthwhile stuff at La Shawn Barber, Exposed. Please check it out. Also, I was going to amend my prior criticism about "what passes for authority on the right". At the time, I was only referring to Captain Ed. I'm familiar with the blog and he's clear about his politics. He was the one who accepted Barber's criticism of something she had not seen. At the time, I had a guess, but no real knowledge of Barber's politics. After further review, the original, ambiguous statement is actually truer than an unambiguous statement would have been.

If you really want to get to the ridiculousness of Barber's criticism of Rock's performance, read this post. Apparently, she turned down an opportunity to comment on Karl Rove's presentation at CPAC, because she had not seen it. Apparently, she doesn't want to look ridiculous talking about Karl Rove, but doesn't mind looking ridiculous talking about what she didn't actually see Chris Rock say.

I haven't watched the Oscars yet. Ms. Hammer was choiring last night and she's by far the bigger fan. I might yet sit down and watch the event with her. As I haven't seen the Oscars I can't comment specifically on them. Fortunately, that doesn't stop our friends on the right:

Captain Ed says:

La Shawn Barber has some words for Chris Rock and the idiots who decided he'd make a good host for the Academy Awards last night. As I wrote during my live blog, the only classy moments came during the tribute to the people who had passed away last year, especially the tribute to Johnny Carson, which reminded everyone above drinking age what the Oscars missed so terribly last night.

...

Make sure you read all of La Shawn's commentary.

Ms. Barber says:
What happened to class and civility?

Chris Rock said, “Sit your a**** down!” And people laughed? This passes for comedy these days. Rock is his own man and what he says or does is no reflection on me. But I’m embarrassed by his behavior, his very persona, nonetheless. His antics are the sort that should make a mother bow her head in shame that she’d raised such a fool.

Ignorant and vulgar men are considered funny in some circles. Not mine.

...

Update: FYI, I didn’t watch the show. Haven’t in years.

Say what? I'm supposed to read all of Ms. Barber's commentary, only to find out that she didn't even bother to watch what she's complaining about? That's what passes for authority on the right: pure factual ignorance coupled with an unbridled divorce from context. Kudos to you, Ms. Barber!

5 Comments:

While I'm inclined to delete the link leading to this post, I'll let it remain. I've seen Chris Rock's brand of comedy. Knowing what I've already heard and reading about what he said last night provides more than enough material to render an opinion.

It's not rocket science.

--LB

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:37 PM  

"Brand of comedy"? I wonder what that means. Could mean you've seen an episode of The Chappelle Show. Could mean you've actually seen Chris Rock perform. There's a difference between renderning an opinion based on quaint notions like "facts" and "evidence" and making a judgment based on your preconceived ideas about a performer.

By Blogger Hammer, at 3:45 PM  

she is so amazingly ironic, no?

check mine, on this

barber-ism, as well. . .

increase the

p e a c e,

-- tae, out.

By Blogger tae_diggs, at 9:05 PM  

and this was earlier in
the day
, today -- p e a c e,

-- tae, out.

By Blogger tae_diggs, at 9:10 PM  

Vulgar is what the conservatives are doing to the constitution and the bill of rights.

By Anonymous Vin, at 1:47 PM  

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