ED (evildevil) wrote in talk_politics,

Rally for Comedy

I have already talked about this Fear/Sanity Rally before. It is nothing more but a gift to the fans. The Rally is just another part of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report's comedy routine, but only bigger (a lot bigger).

But the critics attacking the rally don't see it that way. And most of their points are just ludicrous. 

1. Comedians/celebrities should know their place and stay out of politics.

I say this, they are American Citizens and they have the right to be involved in whatever they want if it is not illegal or Unconstitutional. Plus, the rally is not political but satirical. If people cant make this distinction then we really do have a problem here. Also it is not like conservative celebrities have not dabble with politics before (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Fred Thompson, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Bono, and Saint Ronald Reagan).

2. Liberal Plot

Ha! If this was a liberal plot then the liberal are in trouble. Oh man, that is funny... but no. Seriously, you really think this is a liberal plot? If this was a liberal plot then the Democrats are doomed and they can do WAY better than this. I am sure Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are already planning new Liberal Conspiracies to hijack the Election and help our Tyrannical Leader to restore his Death Panels (I kid if you didnt know). If Obama/Democrats are so desperate that they need the help of Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert to save their asses, then they are doomed.

3. This is Making a Mockery of America

If this was true then The Daily Show and The Colbert Report needs to be banned. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert needs to be sent to Guantanamo Bay for treachery and they should be incarcerated without holding a trial for treason... Oh wait, I remember this is America and we have something called freedom of speech. I also remembered they are comedians and their business is to make fun of people, regardless of whose feelings they are hurting...

4. It is not Funny

So dont watch it, dont attend it, dont even talk about it then. This rally is not for you, is for the fans. This rally was made for me and the fans that watch his/their show everyday. And you are not invited (ok, you are invited, but you dont have to come or watch if you dont want to. It is not mandatory). Just because you think it is not funny doesnt mean you should spoil the fun for the rest of us. If you have a beef regarding what is funny and what is not then so be it, but that is your personal opinion. The rest of us think that this will not only be funny, but it is going to be awesome.

5. They are taking it too seriously. Or not going far enough.

Holy Sh#t. The rally hasnt even taken place yet and they are already criticizing the contents of it! How exactly are they too serious or not going far enough? Sure they are taking a serious subject matter on their hands but then they are going to turn it funny. It is called being a comedian, that is what they do! Let them do their job, then we can say if it went too far or not far enough

6. The National Mall is Sacred Ground

No. The National Mall is a Public Space and also a Public Stage, not a Holy Shrine. Last time I checked we are not a theocracy. Regardless of your political views, if people want to hold a rally or some other public event at that place that is their choice.

Let me say it again, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are comedians. They are not politicians, they are not kingmakers, and they are definitely not attempting to help the democrats. If you believe otherwise, so be it. But my problem is with the critics on the media that have become misguided on this issue.

Ryan Kearney of TBD talks about this on A guide to the misguided criticism of the Stewart/Colbert rally

So why this sudden defection? Because, I think, they felt a certain ownership over, or at least camaraderie with, Stewart. Print and web journalists, generally speaking, are a prickly, defensive, and arrogant bunch. We imagine ourselves superior to TV newscasters, who traffic in sound bites and manufactured controversy and high-decibel alarmism. In our minds, we writers slave away at our desks, composing thoughtful articles that are too nuanced for TV, and yet we remain largely anonymous while all those empty-headed beautiful people soak up the relative fame afforded by television.

As the criticism of Stewart's rally proves, we are delusional: Writers often aren't very thoughtful at all. We're just bitter. We loved Stewart because he voiced that bitterness we felt — about politics, about television, and even about our own careers. Now that his narrative has diverged from our own, we fear he'll become just another media figure — or worse, a politician — about whom we're forced to write articles. Some of us, consequently, reject Stewart in the way we might reject a boyfriend or girlfriend who has left us for something bigger: He or she is already gone, but somehow we convince ourselves that the decision was ours to make.

Or as Janson Linkins on 'Rally To Restore Sanity' Critics Unite To Offer America Pretentious Whining:

The two hosts have taken their act on the road before, and committed the sin of not being reliable, fawning kiss-asses. Stewart's destruction of Crossfire, along with Colbert's torch-the-room performance at the always appalling White House Correspondents' Dinner are both largely seen by media elites as unforgivable crimes -- and ever since, there's been an effort to put the hosts within strictly defined boundaries.

So the rally criticism is just a rehash of the same old resentments -- Stewart and Colbert are seen as replacement-journalists, and they get to play by their own rules, and that's not fair!

I am going to follow Jon Stewart's advice, to have fun and laugh. And for those journalist attending the rally that dont know how to react, I have an advise for you: laugh
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