Side note: Slacktivist is awesome

5 04 2009

I have a post about the last episode of Dollhouse brewing. First, though, I’m catching up on my Google Reader, and I wanted to note this excerpt from Slacktivist Fred Clark’s latest post:

The somewhat grim seriousness of my response to these scenes [in the sequel to Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’s awful Left Behind] would probably be dismissed by LaHaye and Jenkins as yet another example of the humorlessness of feminism. That whole trope — the Humorless Feminist — is another example of the reassertion of an undeserved claim of authority. The claim in this case, is that they know what’s funny and we don’t. […]

And why do misogynistic complaints about feminists’ humorlessness fall so flat?  Why are these scenes with Buck so desperately unfunny?

Comedy is essentially revolutionary. This scene is counter-revolutionary. That’s never funny. Everything in these pages is about reasserting hierarchy and punishing anyone who challenges it. That’s never funny either.

Buck Williams isn’t the court jester, he’s the sycophantic court prophet. The court prophet isn’t funny. (Nor is he really a prophet.)

The jester is funny because he mocks the king. He deflates the over-inflated and humbles the proud. This is what comedy does. It’s what comedy is for. It brings down the powerful from their thrones and lifts up the lowly; it fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich away empty. (Mary knew from funny.)

That’s what makes it funny. That’s what makes us laugh.

Everything that Buck does in the Chicago bureau of Global Weekly is intended to tear down the lowly and lift the powerful onto their thrones, to fill the rich with good things and send the hungry away empty.

That’s not funny. That’s the opposite of funny. And I’m not laughing.


See?  Awesome.




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