Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to Take Things Out of Context

Here's a headline for you:
Kansas GOP House Speaker 'Prays' That Obama's 'Children Be Fatherless And His Wife A Widow'

Yes, that's a lie.

The accused man referred to Psalm 109:8:
"Let his days be few; and let another take his office "

The rabble-rousers at ThinkProgress, however, get their headline by quoting verses 9-12.

Which he didn't reference.

By the way, the 109:8 thing is NOT (as liberals will have you believe) unique to Obama. It's previously been quoted in reference to George W. Bush as early as 2004.

Finally, there's also a complaint that this same Republican forwarded a picture comparing Michelle to the Grinch and calling her Mrs. YoMama.

As a professional humorist, I've got two things to say about that.

"Mrs. YoMama" isn't particularly funny or clever. It sort of rhymes, and references a stereotypical black catchphrase, so it's comprehensible as an amateur's stab at humor, but it's just so random and clumsy that it doesn't work. It's as feeble as calling Barack "Dumbobama" because he has big ears. Doubly clumsy because Michelle IS a mama, and "yo mama" jokes are the province of black males insulting each other, not black women.

On the other hand, the Grinch reference is a fair cop:

As a purely visual gag, it works perfectly.

1 comment:

  1. WOW...your slipping I saw this opportunity on the first read through
    "but it's just so random and clumsy" like a blaster, George OCD Lucas has already puked out Ep I In 3D how did you misses that?