Admit it: You’d watch a train wreck for entertainment. You would. Okay, maybe not a passenger train full of people, but there’s no point in denying that the sheer carnage of massively dense objects flying through the air at high speed, twisting steel, bursting into flame and exploding in tree-shaking shockwaves isn’t at the very least entertaining. Something you’d watch, just to watch it. Everybody loves a good train wreck…and in that regard, let there be no doubt that conservative entertainers like Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin are still very much doing their jobs.
These days, both Ted and Sarah have fallen back a bit on the publicity market. Ted’s mostly relegated to begging for attention on Facebook and Twitter, and Sarah’s doing it on slightly less prestigious venues like the Sportsman Channel. Yes, the Sportsman Channel, corporate cousin to such auspicious titles as Shotgun News, Gun Dog, Shallow Water Angler and of course, Florida Sportsman Magazine. In short, a pretty good fit for NRA propaganda outlets like Cam & Company, and Amazing America with Sarah Palin. It’s also a pretty good fit for Ted Nugent, who’s scheduled to graduate from Facebook and appear on Sarah’s show on January 29th.
But it looks like these big-game hunters will be shooting an elephant in the room.
Sarah’s mother to a child with Down’s Syndrome, a boy named Trigg who himself made news only a few weeks ago when Sarah posted pictures of him standing on the family dog. In fact, Sarah’s son has been a topic of discussion pretty consistently since New Years, and she’s been vociferously defending him since then. Despite the fact that it’s pretty obvious she herself posed the boy in the picture as a cutesy photo op, Sarah claims she’s quite proud of the boy’s ingenuity. And this isn’t the first time she’s called someone out for slurring the mentally handicapped.
Back in 2010, Sarah demanded the resignation of Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, after he referred to a series of attack ads planned against Democrats opposed to healthcare legislation as “f*cking retarded.” Sarah lost it after word leaked out of Emanuel using the R-word, comparing it to the “N-word” for black people.
“Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.”
Sarah screamed for Obama to fire Emanuel, and Rahm did in fact lose his job. Of course, by “lose his job,” what we mean is that he resigned to run for Mayor of Chicago, and won by a wide margin.
Point is, this half-term governor of Alaska takes slandering the mentally handicapped, in particular using the R-word, pretty seriously.
Back to Ted.
Yesterday, Draft Dodger McPoopy Pants showed his utter maturity when he posted the meme below, tagged with the stement that follows:
“My openletter to all the braindead hippie logic-challenged dipshits in the media who dedicate their lives to hiding from truth facts history & evidence. Read em & weep numbnuts. We pray for you.”
But hey, Ted’s a busy guy. He can’t be bothered to think about everyone’s feelings. It’s not as though Sarah Palin’s own mentally handicapped child were on his mind. Someone should really give him a chance to apologize; or if not apologize, at least qualify his promotion of the horrific R-word, and blatant mockery of mental handicaps. Remind him that not all of his friends are down with the whole R-word and making fun of mental handicaps. Let him say something along the lines of “I didn’t write the meme, and I don’t endorse all language in it.” Just, come on…give the guy a chance.
Oh, wait. Somebody did. Right there in the comments section of his post. And this is how Ted responded:
Well, then. Guess we’ll find out what’s on Sarah’s “sacred list” pretty soon, won’t we, Ted? Ask the Mayor of Chicago. Liv it up.
Yes, it will be funny to see how these two entertainers interact when Ted shows up on Sarah’s show. Would she demand his job, if he had one? Will the two of them have an intelligent conversation on the nature of human empathy and understanding? Or will they just awkwardly try to focus on how much they love shooting stuff aside from those pesky elephants in the room? Either way, we’re betting it’s the best thing on TV that night.
Ideologies of hate are self-destructive by nature. After all, everbody can’t possibly hate all of the same people. Groups built on irrational hate always tear themselves apart sooner or later, if they have some other working agenda besides just hating things. Irrational hatred is an inconvenience at best; it’s a weakness, a fault line. And when fault lines from two sides converge, the whole thing implodes like two trains in a head-on collision.
Now that’s entertainment.