"Funny thing about Obama"

  1. "on his hbo show, "real time with bill maher," the comedian routinely makes vicious fun of celebrities, politicians, presidents and even god. but he's learned that, for much of his audience, barack obama is off limits."
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  3. by   Spidey's mom
    . . . ."it's also important to remember that television audiences aren't a scientific sample of the nation and might be distorting the true appetite for obama humor, said maher. he contends most of his tv audiences are "limousine liberals" who are overly sensitive, particularly about race. but he says when he's on the road performing in arenas, jokes about obama having a shark tank in the white house earn big laughs.. . . . "


    interesting article - glad the la times wrote about it. i think it is a legit concern.


    steph
  4. by   tntrn
    And until the comedians are free to make any kind of joke they want to make about this President, true equality will not be present. Those who are always crying for it, seem to set boundaries at the same time.

    Didn't Mom ever tell them they can't have it both ways?
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from tntrn
    And until the comedians are free to make any kind of joke they want to make about this President, true equality will not be present.

    Oh, I see..........that makes racist jokes OK then. Gotcha. Welcome back to the Neanderthal era.
  6. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from tntrn
    And until the comedians are free to make any kind of joke they want to make about this President, true equality will not be present. Those who are always crying for it, seem to set boundaries at the same time.

    Didn't Mom ever tell them they can't have it both ways?
    And what the heck does that statement mean, "those who are always crying for it" I suppose the result of making jokes that fall flat is that people won't pay money to hear them. I didn't hear anywhere that Mr. Maher or anyone else was less than free to make them. But I guess if we acknowledged that significant fact, we wouldn't be able to spew veiled racial barbs at one another would we TNTRN?
  7. by   Jolie
    Why do you assume that jokes made about Obama would involve race?

    Are we back to the campaign when it was impossible to criticize Obama without being accused of racism?

    Is it not possible to have philosophical disagreements with his policies, or poke fun at his poor mastery of U.S. geography and teleprompter blunders without being accused of hate?

    Apparently not on this board, where the only acceptable butt of jokes must be rich white men.
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    The post I quoted said "any type of joke". And mentioned the word "equality". What else are people to assume when that loaded term is included?
  9. by   herring_RN
    Quote from jolie
    why do you assume that jokes made about obama would involve race?

    are we back to the campaign when it was impossible to criticize obama without being accused of racism?

    is it not possible to have philosophical disagreements with his policies, or poke fun at his poor mastery of u.s. geography and teleprompter blunders without being accused of hate?

    apparently not on this board, where the only acceptable butt of jokes must be rich white men.
    [color=#545454]the original post linked this joke that the audience did not think was funny.
    [color=#545454]could this be why some people thought it just might be about race?
    [color=#545454][color=#545454][color=#545454]...not long after the historic presidential election, maher joked that republicans were feeling particularly superstitious: "they say the country is having bad luck because there's a black cat in the white house."...

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-obama-jokes4-2009may04,0,3871378.story
  10. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from Jolie
    Why do you assume that jokes made about Obama would involve race?

    Are we back to the campaign when it was impossible to criticize Obama without being accused of racism?

    Is it not possible to have philosophical disagreements with his policies, or poke fun at his poor mastery of U.S. geography and teleprompter blunders without being accused of hate?

    Apparently not on this board, where the only acceptable butt of jokes must be rich white men.
    First of all I don't know who you are directing your commentary towards, but if it's me, let me say that I was addressing someone who was addressing equality and in the context of the topic of the thread, the only reasonable inference is race.... You may want to re-read if you are still confused about what I am saying.

    I do think the philosophical differences and overall dislike of Obama are compounded race in many instances. I don't anyone has accussed another of racism but I don't harbor your sensitivities on the issue
  11. by   Absolutely13
    comedians are free to do whatever material they want; just look at glenn beck.

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  12. by   Jolie
    "But I guess if we acknowledged that significant fact, we wouldn't be able to spew veiled racial barbs" Quote from Hillary above

    "I don't anyone has accussed another of racism but I don't harbor your sensitivities on the issue" Quote from Hillary above

    So you are certain that others are spewing "veiled racial barbs," but you don't accuse others of racism. Seems that your statements are a tad bit inconsistent. Accusations of racism are frequent on this board when one disagrees with, or pokes fun at, Obama. Perhaps you don't harbor sensitivities on the issue because when you disagree with white politicians, other posters accept that those disagreements are based on philosophy, not race. I would appreciate the same consideration.
  13. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from Jolie
    "But I guess if we acknowledged that significant fact, we wouldn't be able to spew veiled racial barbs" Quote from Hillary above

    "I don't anyone has accussed another of racism but I don't harbor your sensitivities on the issue" Quote from Hillary above

    So you are certain that others are spewing "veiled racial barbs," but you don't accuse others of racism. Seems that your statements are a tad bit inconsistent. Accusations of racism are frequent on this board when one disagrees with, or pokes fun at, Obama. Perhaps you don't harbor sensitivities on the issue because when you disagree with white politicians, other posters accept that those disagreements are based on philosophy, not race. I would appreciate the same consideration.

    Well Jolie, respectfully, I would appreciate if you would read the post I responded to. There was a comment in there that I found profoundly racially insensitive, there nothing in the post to indicate merely a philosophical difference. I can't remember ever saying something regarding race that wasn't in direct response to what I perceived to be an insensitive comment about race. So if by mentioning that someone's post is racially insensitive is inconsiderate than I guess I am, but when I see it, I will speak out loud and clear.
  14. by   tntrn
    Hillary is taking exception to my post. And I did mention the word "equality." But that doesn't mean what she's trying to make it mean. It means that if you on the left, white, brown, green or whatever, are fine with making jokes about others in the political scene, and they are white, rich, poor, can't talk to your standards, then by definition of the word equality, you must also be able to accept that coming from the others. How many times do we hear the words rich and white in jokes and other kinds of comments. THAT is racial also. and THAT is what I meant. If you (the generic you) want to dish it out, you must be able to take it also. But some aren't.

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