Bertie Thrustworthy reports from New York: Spare a thought for all the mainstream comedians and satirists in the big US of A, who’ve been sucking up to President Barack Obama for the past five years, praising him and having a go at his opponents, but now finding it very tough to ignore his warmongering over Syria and his other sins.
Yes, it’s not an easy time for the Saturday Night Live crowd, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report and Jay Leno of the Tonight Show. And many, many other funny and not so funny men and women, who stick to the left of the road when it comes to entertainment and comedy.
How do you ignore the fact, for example, that President Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate but is pushing for war against Syria that can develop into a regional conflict? It looks bizarre, this combination, doesn’t it? How can a man, who is showing no interest in diplomacy but insists on punishing a whole country on the basis of some very dodgy evidence, can be seen as peacemaker?
Hmm, a tough situation really. Because all of a sudden Mr Obama has found himself in one boat with the likes of Senator John McCain and that other crazy war enthusiast, Senator Lindsey Graham. How does that union fit the leftie comedy circuit? It just goes against all the principles of American mainstream comedy where the left is always right and the right is always wrong.
It was bad enough for the comedy crowd to be confronted with the Internal Revenue Service hounding conservative groups before the last presidential election. That was something out of ‘watergate’ territory. And yet, the funny people avoided the subject like a plague, having a go at Sarah Palin, George Bush and the Tea Party. But the IRS and Republican supporters? That was a no-no.
Benghazi cover-up anyone? Nope, too hot a subject to touch for mainstream comedy. Justice Ministry going after Associated Press hacks and their phone records? That was so hot that no one dared to talk about it on the comedy circuit. At least not in a way that should have been done, like screaming about it all the time and mocking Obama. Obama approving more drone strikes than Bush? A taboo subject for all self-respecting leftie comedians.
And then there’s the spying scandal caused by whistleblower Ed Snowden and President Obama clumsy explanations of why it ‘made sense’ to eavesdrop on something like 200 million Americans and pretty much everyone outside. That was a biggie, a huge embarrassment for the White House and Obama himself. It should have been a bigger fuss than the ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’ scandal. But did the comedy lot go after Obama for that? Nope, kept on mocking the ‘stupid’ Republicans.
And don’t forget that authority on leftie comedy and humour, Seth MacFarlane, the maker and creator of the liberal propaganda reels entitled Family Guy and American Dad. How does he cope with shielding his idol, President Obama? Is he by any chance making a hilarious episode of Family Guy showing how President al Assad is ordering to use chemical weapons against his people? That wold so much help Obama in this difficult time for him when no one believes his stories about Syria.
And how about Hollywood making a romantic comedy about a black president who takes a tough stand against a dictator who poisons his own people, and wins the love of his nation? Can Harrison Ford do another Air Force one type of movie? Can he play a black president? Of course he can. Harrison will play anything if the money is good.
Tough times for Obama fans in the comedy and entertainment world generally. Getting more and more difficult to keep the lid on the US President’s antics.