Satire is angry and optimistic—it believes that the evil it attacks can be abolished; Comedy is good-tempered and pessimistic—it believes that however much we may wish we could, we cannot change human nature and must make the best of a bad job.
By his definition Barr is neither a satirist nor a comedian. She’s just trying to preserve her career by being mean-spirited.
I didn’t remember that, but earlier today I was imagining a scenario where we’re forcibly gathered to listen to (1) Tweets that (under previous ownership) would have been deleted, instead read aloud; and (2) a parade of Dodge Chargers, fartcanned imports, dirtbikes etc. revving their engines. I leave it to the reader to imagine whether this happens under the POTUS administration of George Santos, or Rob Schneider.
Well, perhaps she hasn’t yet lined up someone else to replace Gallagher.
It’s just cruel, the stuff of bullies. I’m pretty sick of people sticking up for bullies… Like, they are just those wanna-be bullies who hang out with the bully, because they have no sense of self, except for their connections to what they see as power.
A pretty sad life, it seems to me… or it would be if they weren’t so destructive to others.
It seems like an overarching cultural theme since 2010 or so: “won’t someone please think of the bullies!?” I thought it had peaked with George Zimmerman but I suppose that was merely the door being kicked open.
I haven’t watched her stuff in ages but I remember there was an old episode of Roseanne where she was furious at DJs’ misbehavior and spanked him as a punishment. Then she realized she was passing on generational trauma from her own sub-par upbringing and tearfully apologized to her son, swearing that she’d never resort to corporal punishment again regardless of the provocation.
Flash forward a few decades to the reboot and Roseanne has done a complete 180, telling her TV family that they need to stop being so “PC” and give her grandkids a good spanking now and then to lay down the law.
The old show really struggled with stuff like that all the time. They showed a realistic depiction of working class life and all the uncertainties of living in the economic margins. It was really great. I didn’t get that same depth from the episodes I watched from the new show… it’s really sad, as they could have done some great stuff with the current political landscape. I suspect that Barr really was responsible for that.
I have not really seen the Conners since she left…