It was Charlie Chaplin who said – “In the end everything’s a gag.”
I suppose, taken to extremes, everything or anything, can be.Now don’t get me wrong, I love Jon Stewart and his Daily Show. At least, given that I only watch it once or twice a week, I love it. Every night might prove over-exposure.
Just occasionally, for me at least, Mister Stewart oversteps the mark. A few weeks ago there was a comedy routine based around the Palestinian situation. Now I accept that, as a Jew, Jon Stewart perhaps has less sympathy for the Palestinian cause than I do, but to sit comfortably in a cosy American studio and attempt to create humor from the suffering and death of innocent human beings caught up in a worldwide political web in which they are the flies, and Western nations allied to Israel are the spiders, fails to stimulate my chuckle-muscle.
Similarly, this week’s abortive attempt to wring humor from the Iraq war left me equally cold. Sending the Daily Show’s intrepid reporter, Rob Riggle to Iraq was, in my humble opinion, neither a humorous venture, nor an essay in good taste.
And what was the purpose of interviewing the military writer of the “Counterinsurgency Field Manual” on Friday night’s offering? It almost makes one begin to wonder if Jon Stewart has been got at by the corporate controllers. First, let’s make light of the Iraq war, then turn the army’s counterinsurgency manual into a best-seller by advertising it on the Daily Show. It is, apparently, on the bookshelves of all major retail outlets, including Amazon, though who the hell would want to read it – other than violent perverts and sick macho types…….ok, ok, say no more, it’s already destined to be a best seller.
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