The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, December 11, 2006

And what's the deal with airline food, am I right?

One of the more aggravating things about the blogs is witnessing constant accusations from the right that they, in fact, have a wonderful collective sense of humor, and why are "lefties" always so dour and humorless, etc. First, there's the dearth of prominent humorists who present themselves as conservatives-- P.J. O'Rourke (who I think prefers 'libertarian') and the Cable Guy vs. pretty much everyone else? But that's easily explained as a left-wing Hollywood conspiracy to squelch dissenters. I'd suggest that if Larry the Cable Guy represents such a triumph of conservative comedy that not even secular humanism could silence his schtick, it's pretty solid evidence that conservative humor just doesn't have much going for it. But that's easily explained as my own left-wing elitism.

Pointless as it is, I'd like to pose the following question: What if you're not being victimized by a shadowy conspiracy-- what if you're just not funny? I even have a handy example ripped from today's headlines, as they say.

Funny: Mocking ham-fisted, if well-intended, government efforts to address racial inequality through cookie-cutter solutions.

Not funny: Doing the same thing, but ineptly and in the context of your support for a political party identified with segregation.

An editor at a Tufts University conservative journal is apologizing for publishing a satirical Christmas carol that ridiculed black students and campus affirmative action policies.

"O Come All Ye Black Folk" was published in the most recent edition of the Primary Source. The publication bills itself as "the journal of conservative thought at Tufts University."

The parody of "O Come All Ye Faithful" proclaims, "Born into the ghetto. O Jesus! We need you now to fill our racial quotas."

The university isn't calling for censorship of the conservative group. Isn't that progressive of them?