Daily Kos has recently posted what may be the most eyeball-melting, brain corroding wingnut rap ever. I’m not going to embed it here. It’s that bad. Don’t go watch it if you value any illusions you may yet possess about the possibility of the advance of civilization. Any action you take from here — on you, my brothers and sisters.
The barbarians over at the GOS even had the sadist’s delight in getting this up at 6 p.m. Eastern time — dinner, or, for me and my family, the start of the new year observances that focus on the contemplation of the twelve months just past.
Talk about harshing one’s mellow. Seriously, that’s a vid that could curdle any supply of milk within parsecs.
All of which leads to the question: what is it about wingnuttery that yields such dire, humorless, dispiriting simulacrums of art. Hell — not even art, but entertainment? Even the merest of pleasures?
Perhaps this best be considered an open thread.
Image: Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne, Altogether Too Stupid, (a peasant woman gets her wits sharpened on the knife-grinder’s whetstone as other are drawn in by the miracle cure), before 1662. I know I’ve used this one before — but damn, it’s on point.
Wingnuts : Pop Culture :: Matter : Antimatter
OK, I was feeling a little peeved, but that illustration seriously bucked me right up. What’s a potential tire leaking pressure compared with that. Even if it is the second time in six months and I just bought the darn car.
It’s simple. To be funny, one must be smart. Republicans are idiots. Ergo, they aren’t funny.
It must warp your brain somehow. As soon as Dennis Miller switched, he became one unfunny fellow.
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
Isn’t culture in some sense about conveying something to other people in a way that they will get the meaning? If so, then it in part requires understanding how others will receive it. It is this last point – empathy – that conservatives lack.
That is the most brilliant campaign ad the Democrats have ever done.
What’s especially sad is that Austin is the greatest live music city in the world – but these people have nothing to do with that.
@Belafon (formerly anonevent): Those two women in the video certainly do not possess any empathy or else they would not have inflicted themselves on the world like that. My ears, my eyes, have been permanently damaged by the ten seconds I watched of that crap.
They are angry, bitter, and selfish. Art is ultimately about giving to others. They don’t do that willingly.
I can’t believe I watched the whole thing…
Can somebody please — PLEASE– pass me the brain bleach.
@beltane: Can’t say you weren’t warned. I was trying to take one for the team. I lasted about 40 seconds.
@SiubhanDuinne: Here is an idea. Heironymus Bosch paintings as the theme for how the working class feels.
I’m pretty sure that video is intended as parody, or something in that general direction…it just feels a bit *too* calculatedly lame to me.
Cf. the “It’s Raining McCain” video from 2008.
Screw your mangoes. I’m staying in my deck chair.
Davis X. Machina
I didn’t know Dunning and Kruger had done a musical.
That’s wise. It’s just bad bad.
Okay, I have a pretty strong stomach, but I lasted only a minute and had to quit because I got a nosebleed.
Need a drink. Big drink.
He now has a different set of writers
@James Gary: Have we really reached the cultural point where we have to question the sincerity of lameness?
I actually made it through the whole thing. Rather like one of those highway wrecks where you just can’t keep yourself from rubber-knecking.
@Steeplejack: Go directly to the Laphroaig. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.
Meh. This is still the gold standard in crazy conservative videos. If only because screwing up the uploading process left thirty seconds of dead air at the end.
@James Gary: I thought the “Raining McCain” video was intended seriously. Did I miss a Wonkette exposé?
I dunno about these girls. They have another video where they’re by the pool in tiny bathing suits reciting Rick Perry “facts” cribbed from the Chuck Norris riff. One of them is that Perry gives straight men erections.
I think they might be hilarious.
Rumor I heard was that Miller quarreled with the writers who made him funny, because he fell under the delusion that it was his delivery and not their words that made people laugh. NineElevenChangedEverything bailed out his sinking career, because the wingnuts buy brand not quality — Dennis Miller was known to be a funny guy, ergo, his subsequent humorless attacks are brand-identified as Funny, no matter what us picky lie-brals chose to believe.
Fucking magnets, how do they work?
I’m pretty sure Perry would have a hard time getting anyone in Austin to make him a music video of any level of quality.
I think the core problem with wingnut humor is that to be really funny, you have to be willing to make yourself the butt of the joke sometimes. Wingnuts just can’t do that because the core of their belief is that they’re better than people who are different from them.
I don’t think the women in the video are Wingnuts or attempting satire. I think they want to be Snookie. They get 4 seconds a day of real news and see that Perry is the flavor of the month so they hopped onto his bandwagon.
Sorry, Sox fans; if you ever wonder what it felt like when Donnie Moore served up a jack top Henderson, well, this is what it felt like.
Unfuckingbelievavle last 20 minutes for baseball.
B W Smith
@Anne Laurie: Dennis was never a liberal guy but at least he used to have a sardonic wit. I’ve never particularly enjoyed him but now I can’t even bear to hear him speak. I’d rather sit through a Rick Warren sermon.
That rap video is without question the most embarrassing display of stupidity I have ever seen. I made it 30 seconds.
We could hire David Allen Coe to do his best to make a shit-kicking rednecks-for-Obama country video that would turn out less hilariously awful than white-rappers-for-Perry. True, David Allen Coe would probably be about the least likely country performer to willingly make a vote-for-Obama video, especially since his core audience would throw him overboard faster than they did the Dixie Chicks. That’s probably analogous to why Rick Perry had to get a bunch of white folks to make a hip-hop vote-for-Perry video, because any self-respecting bona fide hip-hop artists would sooner eat Plutonium than do that.
BTW: I am a fan of hard-core traditional country/bluegrass music (e.g. Alison Krauss, George Jones) but not the commercialized crap or the stuff that deliberately panders to redneck meanness, prejudice, and stupidity. Such as too much of Mr. Coe’s material.
ADDENDUM: Now that some of you have suggested that this video may actually be meant to be a parody, you might just be onto something. The line between unbearably awful and hilarious brilliance is sometimes very thin.
You guys are all wimps. I watched the whole thing.
@suzanne: “HOW DA MOON GET DERE?? HUH? EXPLAIN THAT HIPPIE!!”
@cmorenc: Allison can do fucking anything.
I find that “conservatives” are too busy feeling superior everyone to honestly enjoy the inherent humor in human imperfection. That’s what true humor is about, making fun of, and empathizing with, being imperfect beings.
Conservatives don’t do humor, they do ridicule. It can be funny in small amounts, but if it’s your whole act, you come off sounding like a dick.
@Anne Laurie: He definitely wrote some of own material over the years, unless I was completely snookered. I think the SNL tradition has been to have the newscasters be the best writers and the worst actors.
Edgar Allahu Akbar Poe
i have to believe that they’re trolling in order to go on living.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@B W Smith: Al Franken, who has never said a bad word about Miller, has said that DM always had some conservative leanings. I suppose we all do, in some regard or some aspect of our lives, so who the hell knows what AF meant, but I saw Miller live and watched his HBO show regularly. Seems to me he used to have Janeane Garofalo on quite a bit, and Molly Ivins at least once IIRC. I’d say pre-9/11 he was pretty much like the pre-Iraq Bill Maher– smug, smart-ass, Dem-voting glibertarian.
Sure, but that’s because he has actual talent. A big part of what makes this video- and a lot of the junk on YouTube- so bad is that the creators obviously have more enthusiasm than talent. I’ll take the product of the unexcited but talented artist over the excited but talentless one any day.
Which means that I could watch it with no worries whatsoever, ’cause for me those illusions are long gone.
Meh…. it was a bad day. I had a “discussion” with a 24 year old self-identified libertarian who despised, DESPISED I tell you, the federal govt. Didn’t need a damn thing from the Feds…..well, except interstate highways. He liked those. And the military is cool. But nothing else, dammit! Oy…
A parsec is a measure of distance, not time. I suppose your sentence could make sense, but not in the way you probably intended.
Some people in society have to perform autopsies, and some have to watch bad videos like this one. It is all for the greater good.
@Montysano: Internet. How the f&$k does that work?
Disco, meet the Kessel run. You’re both late 70’s early 80’s, so you two should get along.
I’m pretty sure Dr. Levenson knows what a parsec is. And suggesting that something could curdle milk in Alpha Centauri is a reasonable way of criticizing it.
I just saw a clip of Sarah Palin on TDS, and I realized it’s been probably two (totally awesome) months since I’ve seen her picture or heard her voice. She’s so two thousand and late.
However, she’s wearing the biggest fuckin’ Bumpit I’ve ever seen. FFS, lady.
@Ben: OMG, WTF? I somehow missed that one.
Taxes are the subject, and I will spit them verbally
Isn’t quite “fucking magnets, how do they work?” but it’s close.
I personally really like the apocolypse now quote in the title of the post.
FYWP. I posted a link to a great dance video, and the bastard spawn would-be CMS ate the fucking thing.
Anyway: This. Glorious.
Ho. Lee. Fuck.
That’s just so . . .
I don’t know, I . . .
Slackjawed and speechless here. Amazing.
@Montysano: Yeah, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Never thought Miller was all that funny. Overly caustic, sarcastic insider satire just never did much for me. So maybe it was his delivery. IMHO it was never good, with the bad writing/material it’s just gotten worse.
@Disco: It makes perfect sense:
preposition /wiT͟Hˈin/ /wiˈTH-/
– the spread of fire within the building
Inside the range of (an area or boundary)
– a field located within the city
Inside the range of (a specified action or perception)
– within reach
Not further off than (used with distances)
– Bob lives within a few miles of Honesdale
Occurring inside (a particular period of time)
– sold out within two hours
– 33% were rearrested within two years of their release
Inside the bounds set by (a concept, argument, etc.)
– full cooperation within the terms of the treaty
Odie Hugh Manatee
First, you need a sense of humor, and second, you have to be able to laugh at yourself. Conservatives are incapable of both. They applaud misery and death thus that is what entertains them. The conservative appetite for entertainment is more like that of the crowds that populated the Colosseum in Rome during the bloodier performances.
Misery and death makes them smile because they know they have it better than those who are entertaining them.
One more thing they need: talent.
Na. Gonna. Ha pin.
Tom, I think that you used the wit sharpening image before.
Admittedly, humor is a very personal thing, but I’d rewrite the above sentence as follows:
But then, I’ve never found humor that depended on the comic being an obnoxious, belligerent asshole to be funny, so maybe I just didn’t get the pre-switch Miller.
Fifteen seconds into the video I began to lose the will to live. I had to turn it off. I feel confident it didn’t suddenly get good.
I admire your courage, if not your wisdom, I just hope you haven’t permanently injured yourself. You should probably watch for signs of PTSD.
In my opinion, ridicule usually works best when the ridiculer has less power or prestige than the ridiculed. I think most conservatives reverse that and think its funny. I think they are just being dicks.
@Steeplejack: We will see them being interviewed tomorrow on CNN where they will giggle and say “Oh we don’t really pay attention to politics” And voila; they will have their 15 minutes of Snookiedom.
The Republic of Stupidity
As bad as that clip is, I personally think ya’ll are selling the nutters short…
I suspect that they DO have even worse than that in them, and we will be seeing it soon…
There is a fine line between conservative humor and just being a fucking dick.
@Steeplejack: Snookie lost her tax break too. I expect much gnashing of teeth over this. And run mascara. If there’s no run mascara I’m watching something else.
Are you gettin’ a feel for red/blue genetics yet, Dr. Levenson?
@Arclite: Well yes. As noted in the credit line.
Gilles de Rais
I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Good God, that was awful.
Heh, heh, the wife and I (both expat Bostonians) happened to watch the end of the game at a pizza joint here in the midwest. We agreed that _these_ were the Sox we know an love: pulling defeat out of the jaws of victory. My wife actually said “looks like they’ve got this wrapped up” in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. I was like “you’re kidding right? This is the Red Sox.”
Not to go too far off-topic but what the Sam Hill is that painting about? I’ve googled but came up with nothing.
Given that, you’d think they’d be more nimble, less predictable. Keep changing the schtick.
Instead you have P. J. O’Rourke writing the same book twenty times.
@PurpleGirl: Sadly, there is no brain bleach. The only way to clear your head is to go on a 5 mile run while singing the Macarena. As far as I know, that is the only cure for the contagion you’ve been exposed to… Sorry, get well soon!