That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick…by Tom Sumner

That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick…by Tom Sumner

Sunday, 04 June 2017
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Comedy is in the eye of the beholder, but not the beheader as self-described comedian Kathy Griffin learned last week. Griffin’s image holding a “prop” bloodied severed head of the President made the rounds on social media creating a political backlash resulting in her being fired from practically everything.

Comedian and wannabe political talk show host and moderator Bill Maher also found out last week that there are limits to being “politically incorrect.” It is, apparently, inappropriate to use the “N” word while being white. Or, perhaps it’s inappropriate to make a joke about slavery, and that some slaves had it better than others, while being white.

Off with their heads!

In the fall of 2014, two videos showing the beheadings of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by ISIS terrorists shocked the world. People condemned the acts as barbaric and emblematic of Islamic extremists adhering to 7th Century interpretations of the Koran.

It was like watching Christians being thrown to the Lions, but televised. Beheading is back. Only now it’s on the Internet and the evening news.

In Chapter 8 of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 fantasy novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the Queen of Hearts uses her signature phrase “Off with her head.” In fact, we learn the Queen is quite fond of be-headings.

Marie Antoinette was famously beheaded in 1793 during the French Revolution for an apparent indifference to the suffering of French peasants somewhat evidenced by her famous quote “Let them eat cake.” The guillotine continued to be used in France for capital punishment until 1977.

Wait, what? I guess beheading isn’t some ancient Chinese secret. What’s next? I suppose you’ll tell me that pirates are still sailing the open seas.

Movies and books have romanticized the idea of classic pirates, but modern pirates are anything but romantic. In 2005, nearly 300 ships were the victims of pirate attacks, down from a peak of nearly 450 in 2003,” according to “How Stuff Works” contributor Tracy V. Wilson.

The London Bridge made news this weekend when attackers drove a van through pedestrians before stabbing people at Borough Market. At least seven people have been reported dead before police shot and killed three assailants.

That’s not the same bridge as the one in the nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down.” That bridge is in Havasu City, Arizona over 5400 miles away.

The bridge’s storied past includes previous structures that spanned the same section of the Thames River before the current bridge was built. The old London Bridge of nursery-rhyme fame was built by Peter of Colechurch between 1176 and 1209, replacing an earlier timber bridge. One of the more grisly periods of the bridge’s history was at the southern gateway between 1305 and 1660, when it was customary to display the severed heads of traitors, impaled on pikes and dipped in tar to preserve them against the elements.” – Lake Havasu City Convention & Vistors Bureau

You’ve come a long way baby” was an advertising slogan for “Virginia Slims” cigarettes in the 1970s. It was, as if to say, that American women were making real progress in the struggle for equality because they had their own brand of cigarette.

I didn’t think Kathy Griffin was funny or had any talent before her mock beheading of President Trump. And where are all the Trump supporters who rally against political correctness in Bill Maher’s defense?

How far have any of us come if mocking decapitation and slavery are supposed to pass for comedy? Maybe now that President Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris accord on climate change, we can stop celebrating Earth Day and replace it with “Myrth Day.”

But what is funny anymore? Maybe paraplegic frogs.

It’s been 40 years since the satirical magazine “National Lampoon” featured a cartoon of a frog with no legs on a 4-wheel cart rolling out of the kitchen of a fine dining restaurant that was serving frog legs as the special of the day. The caption read, “That’s not funny, that’s sick.”

That says it all.

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