Prophesy Confirmed: SNL And Our Nation Of Assholes

The most unforgivable part of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” mockery of Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw was ridiculing a decorated veteran because of the disfigurement he recieved serving his country, though that was bad enough. It was his dismissive reference to the fact that he lost his eye in “war or whatever.” Yeah, my father had his foot blown up in “war or whatever.” Whatever.

My prophesy that electing Donald Trump President would rapidly convert the United States into a “Nation of Assholes ” was accurate, and here’s the proof. In any civilized community since our nation—indeed, any nation, began, a six-year-old who mocked a veteran for his wounds would be punished and every adult who witnessed such ignorant disrespect, even from a child, would be embarrassed to see it.  Now, however, that same infantile, disrespectful insult is featured on national television, as alleged adults roar  with laughter.

Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter on the way to the White House. He denigrated prisoners of war like John McCain, and recently called Stormy Daniels “horseface.” Of course, the civilized and respectable approach to discouraging such rude and vulgar behavior is to condemn it, and shun its practitioners. The Left and the resistance are now emulating it. They have used mockery of the President’s physical appearance for years, the purest and most inexcusable form of ad hominem attack. Now they are widening the target area, so a veteran who lost an eye in battle is considered fair game. (As an aside, how does someone  like Davidson have the gall to mock anyone’s appearance? The guy looks like a ventriloquist dummy come to life….)

But the same people who deride the President’s boorishness, viciousness and lack of ethics alarms are not justified in adopting his bad habits, and corrupting the culture. When they act like President Trump, they are subject to the same standards. Davidson’s ugly routine wasn’t a joke. This was “We all hate conservatives and Republicans, so isn’t it funny to mock how they look!” Sure it’s funny, if you’re ten.

To his credit, Crenshaw eschewed the ritual “we demand an apology” approach,  telling Fox News that he wouldn’t get a genuine apology anyway. Crenshaw suggested that the show donate a significant amount to a veteran’s charity, if it really regretted the incident. Don’t hold your breath, Dan.

The episode did illuminate just how crass the opposition has become in response to Trump lowering standards of decency, public discourse and civility. The Daily Beast, for example, actually criticized the reaction to the SNL slur. “Fox & Friends alone dedicated no less than five segments to what was essentially a throwaway line,” Matt Wilstein wrote. Talk about shameless spin! So, for example, a cruel racist joke wouldn’t justify criticism as long as it was a “throwaway line”? Is that really the standard? No, the standard is that the mainstream media and virtually its entire work force and talent base now regard the simple fact of being a conservative, a Republican or a Trump supporter sufficient justification to engage in cruelty, mockery and character assassination, in full confidence that their corrupted target audience will cheer like Romans in the Coliseum.

Nice.

Assholes.

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35 responses to “Prophesy Confirmed: SNL And Our Nation Of Assholes

  1. sgs

    Re: Trump mocking a disabled reporter – it is two different things to say that Trump mocked a disabled reporter, and that Trump mocked a disabled reporter for his disability. This difference is lost on all the fact checkers (ha!) who constantly elided evidence of the former as evidence of the latter.

    • Michelle Klatt

      It’s an important distinction. Mocking some who is disabled is not the same as mocking someone for being disabled, or mocking their disability.

      • But irrelevant here. He mocked the disability AND the reporter, and nobody who views the video can fairly argue otherwise.

        Come on.

        • JutGory

          Only if that is the only video you review. At the time, I agreed with you. Then, someone put together a montage of Trump criticizing a bunch of different people and he had the same sort of hand gestures, facial expressions, etc.. It was almost as if that expression was Trump’s portrayal of someone doing a “humina, humina” routine.
          -Jut

        • You mean the fully video, or the edited clip?

            • As pointed in the linked video, he was mocking the reporter, who happened to have a disability – not for or because of the disability – unless we’re going to claim that Ted Cruz has a disability.

              And this brings up a good point: is it the politician that’s unethical or the media portrayal of him? If anybody wants to start an argument with “well he shouldn’t be/do/etc…” I’ll merely reply “Binders Full of Women.” Kavanaugh, Romney… at some point I start to wonder how much is real and how much a media paradigm we’ve bought in.

              • Again: I know an imitation of a disabled person when I see it. That was it. I’ve seen other Trump impressions too. He never flapped his hands around or made that goofy face. You’re in denial. Now tell me that Trump didn’t make a menstruation slur about Megyn Kelly. I like that one, too.

  2. Beckie

    Fox wasn’t the only one talking about it, whatever the other media outlets think. Meghan McCain gave her opinion of just how bad and in poor taste it was on The View. (I don’t watch it but caught the clip of that segment online). We all know her father was on the receiving end of Trump insults. To her credit Whoopie said it wasn’t funny but also did little to condemn it otherwise. Joy Beher, of course, stated something to the effect that he’s a comedian and it was a joke. Meghan not so subtley pointed out had the joke been made against say Tammy Duckworth things would have been received very differently by the crowd defending it as “comedy” and his father dying in 9/11 doesn’t give him an excuse.
    She’s not wrong.

  3. Other Bill

    I haven’t watched it in decades, but I’m surprised SNL continues to air. I’m amazed people seem to take it seriously. It started out as in improv show. It’s now the late night version of “Sixty Minutes” or something, speaking of archaic TV shows.

    • adimagejim

      OB: have referenced this a couple of times here in the past. SNL has been an Alinskyite vehicle from episode one. Most every issue is there, anti-gun, anti-religion, pro non-traditional marriage and more. They’ve been at it from jump. It was just marginally more funny then (I think).

      • Other Bill

        I guess I’ve probably grown up since it first aired, Jim, so I may have missed it’s obnoxiousness at the beginning, being obnoxious myself at the time.

        • Beckie

          I think we’ve all grown up since it first aired, but looking back, it was a lot funnier back then. But when you had cast members like Dan Aykroyd. John Belushi. Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtain, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris and George Coe the show started with talent. Or at least they grew to become talented household names for the most part. Then Bill Murray came in in ’76 replacing Chase who was off to his movie career. They also had funny hosts like Steve Martin and Martin Short.
          I’ll even give credit to some of the cast from the days when Adam Sandler was part of the cast. Until he and Chris Farley were fired at least. But those were also the last seasons that anything was remotely funny. Maybe it’s also what happens when your talented cast have also been writers for the show and they all leave. It’s all raunch and left-leaning everything anymore. The “Weekend Update” guys hosted the Emmy’s this year – it did not go well. (According to critics – I didn’t watch).
          It has been a stepping stone that gave a lot of careers a boost – just none worthwhile in at least the past decade.

    • Oh, it airs because it’s all there is. It is, among other things, the last of the variety shows. If it went down, they would need a new equivalent immediately. It’s also entered icon status. Adults born since the 70’s can’t imagine there NOT being an SNL. It’s like the Ed Sullivan show. I wondered, as a kid, why is this stiff, weird man hosting a TV show? Why is this boring, unfunny family on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”? Why is everybody still reading this almost never funny comic strip about these big-headed kids?

      • I felt the same about “the Lawrence Welk Show” as a kid.

        And you leave Charlie Brown alone! That was my first exposure to deep humor…

        • WallPhone

          My first thought about unfunny kids was Family Circus. Garfield is even less funny AND it usually takes an more prominent positioning in the papers than Peanuts.

      • Other Bill

        Didn’t Ed Sullivan get his start on the radio, as did a lot of early TV people? I did a great Ed Sullivan as a little kid.

  4. Wait. SNL is still on TV? Who knew?

    Crenshaw’s response was brilliant: (to paraphrase) “Yeah, I get it. I am running for office and people will say dumb things. I;m a former Navy Seal so this doesn’t hurt me. The biggest offense/insult is that the joke was not funny.”

    jvb

  5. adimagejim

    The “Resistance” is right; Trump’s rhetoric and behavior are an embarrassment. Problem is, instead of going high, they went far lower and are an even bigger source of embarrassment. And so it sadly regresses.

    That flush sound and swirling is what used to be our civil discourse.

  6. Trump acts like the progressives always have… just uses their tactics against them.

    He did not lower the discourse, he just embraced the suck!

    • Other Bill

      Should have been done twenty or thirty years ago. Jim Carville? Paul Begala? Sam Donaldson? Morley Safer? Anyone? Beuhler?

      • Matthew B.

        For me it was the Ted Kennedy “In Robert Bork’s America” speech on the Senate floor. That was the beginning of the end of civility in politics.

        I agree, Trump’s following comes from the fact that he hits back in kind, the first Republican who responds like the Democrats have for decades.

  7. Jack wrote, “the standard is that the mainstream media and virtually its entire work force and talent base now regard the simple fact of being a conservative, a Republican or a Trump supporter sufficient justification to engage in cruelty, mockery and character assassination, in full confidence that their corrupted target audience will cheer like Romans in the Coliseum.”

    Yes, the United States political left really has been permanently radicalized.

    2: Regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections; there will be a massive wave of propaganda, accusations and innuendo against the GOP and government institutions decrying massive corruption.

    3: Look for a noticeable uptick rhetoric that implies or states outright that “they’re evil”, rationalizations that will include implications or statements that anyone associated with the evil they oppose is also evil, and of course there will be an uptick in public condemnations of the evil people they oppose in carefully staged public confrontations to terrorize anyone they oppose. No one will be immune.

  8. crella

    The far left is simply bold enough now to say what they’ve been thinking all along. I have an acquaintance who ‘is so far left one day he’ll fall off the ege’, as another friend puts it. He has, over the years, openly ridiculed those in the military and the religious as ‘suckers’ and worse. In these online discussions he’d be joined by a dozen or so people who think like he does, and the discourse on veterans always turned to vulgar ridicule of anyone in a uniform.It’s been 15 years and his tune hasn’t changed, and he’s still not alone. The fact that they’ll now say it in public only shows that the mask on the worst of the left is slipping. A great number of them have nothing but contempt for the military, and think all war is crime, and therefore veterans deserve no respect.

    • Isaac

      In the long run, people investing in a socially liberal worldview are not doing well. The women in particular. Their families (such as they are) are not thriving, too many of them wait until age 40 to “settle down” and have kids, if ever. They are less happy and more stressed. There’s only so long that such people can point at laugh at the group that is (compared to them) relatively happy and thriving doing things the tried and true (albeit less hip) way.

      When a community starts to grow “sick” to the point that they’re obviously worse-off than their neighbors, the next step could be to search for someone to blame. Turkey was the “sick man of Europe” by WWI, at which point the urge to blame the Armenians (and confiscate all their stuff) rose to the point of genocide. The whole Middle East despises the tiny reservation known as Israel for the sin of very quickly setting up a nation far more prosperous and humane than their own countries. We all know the story of Germany.

      There’s even a growing geographic divide in the United States, between deep blue California and places like Texas with a more conservative ethos. California claims that its socialist leanings help the poor and minorities, but it’s getting hard to ignore the numbers (minorities and poor people are much better off in more conservative enclaves.) In theory, you’d think that the liberals of California will course-correct and copy their more prosperous neighbors, but California’s liberalism isn’t just a political experiment; it’s more like a religion now. It defines who they are. What we’ll probably see is progressives doubling down on all the things that don’t work, and blaming everyone else when they don’t.

      And sure, it could get violent. At some point Goofus just shrugs and punches Gallant in the face.

  9. Zoe Brain

    From the sound of it, SNL committed canine intercourse.

    In any comedy program, there’s always a danger of screwing up like this. The good ones try to mitigate that, and when they do go over the line, as they inevitably will do (rarely), move heaven and earth to apologise, if only to keep their good reputation.

    Do it too often, and they can be consigned to a dumpster. Same if they don’t apologise, even if their content is generally good and funny.

  10. I don’t know whether he was favored in his race prior to this, but he did win election. He who laughs last……..

  11. Jack, you saw this coming with prophetic accuracy. The influence from our top executive is setting a tone, and a downward trajectory, that is leaving a mark. How bad will it get?

  12. E2

    If you want to see what SNL set out to be 25 years ago, get on Netflix and watch Monty Python, which dates from the late ’60s. THAT is humor, zany and whimsical, but not insulting, and only sometimes political. A gem. SNL has been nothing since the original cast left. Now, cruelty is humor, as long as it’s aimed toward the ‘other’ political side. Civilization marches backwards.

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