…so says the ever…quotable Christopher Hitchens.
As if Wanda Sykes could give a two shits about the “rules” to which he refers–rules which presumably don’t apply to people who look like Rush Limbaugh, but do apply to people who look like Wanda Sykes. For more from the “We Can Dish It, But We Can’t Take It” files, read on…
I won’t even bother to add anything to Tami’s always-astute commentary:
So, given the usual tenor of the annual correspondents dinner, why the controversy over Sykes’ saucy routine?
First, I don’t think there is a controversy, though even the liberal talk station I listen to every morning insists there is. A quick Google and review of the ABC piece reveals that the only folks het up about Wanda Sykes’ act are some conservatives who can always be relied upon to 1) hate anything that goes on during Obama’s tenure, and 2) be self-serious and humorless, and a handful of pundits who 1) are manufacturing and debating the supposed “controversy” in their own echo chamber, and 2) well, see point two about conservatives. (I mean Pat Buchanan…Pat Buchanan…is offended?)
Secondly, about my friends on the right…more disingenuous outrage I have never seen. (Well, I have, actually. The right does disingenuous outrage like no one else.) If conservatives are willing to let a person who routinely and without humor or irony, makes hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, ugly and hypocritical statements like the ones above be the de facto spokesperson and leader of their movement, surely nothing that Wanda Sykes says could truly offend them. Limbaugh himself is an offense–one that the right and the Republican Party abide and abet.