Saturday, December 28, 2013

Money Talks.


Everything else takes the bus.

The back of the bus.
A+E lifts Phil Robertson’s "Duck Dynasty" suspension

Phil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch who was suspended from the series last week over controversial comments he made about gay people, has been reinstated on his family's reality series.
Virtually every report you may read about this will have some version of this "controversial comments he made about gay people" sentence in the lede:
CNN: ..."incendiary remarks about homosexuality"

Fox: "...comments he made about homosexuality."

The Washington Post: "...despite his comments about gay immorality."

The New York Times (paragraph four): "...after comments he made about gay people in a magazine interview."

ABC News: "...where he made anti-gay comments..."

USA Today: "...he made anti-gay statements, which he said reflected his religious beliefs."

Politico:  "...over inflammatory remarks about gay people."
But if you read all the way to the bottom -- waaaay down by the "Bible Money Code" and "Local Resident's Plastic Surgery Weight Loss Secret the Energy Companies Don't Want You To Know About!" ads -- there is about a one in seven chance that might you also encounter this little tidbit as well:
"Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field ... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word! Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Obviously, as 25 years of Rush Limbaugh has demonstrated, you can haul the poo-flingingest, bigoted loudmouth out of the dankest wingnut watering hole in America and stick a microphone in front of him, and nothing he says or does -- no matter how offensive or untrue -- will earn him more than token slap on the wrist just as long as he can generate ad revenue and hold an audience.
So nothing new there.

What is mildly interesting is the curve on which those wrist-slaps are graded.


Strider said...

Haven't you seen Gone With The Wind?! Those slaves were happy until them meddlin' Northerners came to "help".

D. said...

It is generally wisest to conceal unhappiness from people who are too stupid to understand it.

That is all.

Anonymous said...

Oh for F@#k's sake, the man is just lying when he says he never saw an unhappy black In the 50's or 60's. Flat out lying.

Kathleen said...

Brilliant Post, and the Peanuts cartoon was priceless. Between this and your other recent posts, you are in fire, Mr. DG! Bless you!

Monster from the Id said...

Money does not merely "talk".

Money commands.

oaguabonita said...


"Which is mildly interesting it the curve on which those wrist-slaps are graded."

English translation, please? Usually, I can parse out what was intended despite typos (by guessing which are the typos). Here, I haven't a clue what that was supposed to say.

marindenver said...

It has been more than a little surprising to me how little attention has been paid to his comments about the happy, singing blacks back in their unentitlemented days. The racism in those comments is breath taking. Certainly the "gays are sinners" was also incredibly offensive but why is he getting such a pass on the other stuff? (And I believe that may be the "curve" to which he is referring?)

Anonymous said...

I notice that A&E carefully timed the (ratings-generating) suspension to coincide with his already scheduled Xmas break.

It is unlikely that his paycheck was reduced by as much as $1 and it is impossible to imagine that his work schedule changed by as much as 10 minutes. Some PR person will see a bonus, though.

jelani said...

Thanks for taking note of the practice of the MSM to ignore other than feel good stories on race and the extent to which these type of comments are relegated to the background as though regular insults to the African American community is to be expected and their feelings unimportant. Moreover, this very practice is why the GOP will never get the African America vote except for tokens like Dr. Ben Carson. finally, I cannot say enough that this is a public service