The latest Imus question goes like this, “When will white comedians begin to make fun of Obama?” The thought is race is too controversial and Obama’s election too historic to be made fun of. The New York Times explores this very topic in a piece by Andy Newman “Irony Is Dead. Again. Yeah, Right.”. Newman advances the question regarding comedy, citing sources such as Joan Didon whom he credits as “the nation’s poet laureate of disillusion”…
Ms. Didion lamented that the United States in the era of Barack Obama had become an “irony-free zone,” a vast Kool-Aid tank where “naïveté, translated into ‘hope,’ was now in” and where “innocence, even when it looked like ignorance, was now prized.”
Dildon’s comment is ironic in and of itself. Newman also cites none other then P.J. O’Rourke commenting on President Elect Obama to prove irony is not dead…
Mr. O’Rourke, for his part, said that Mr. Change himself, with his choices of usual suspects and Beltway insiders to help him run the country, was proving no slouch in the irony department.
“Mr. Change” the irony of this statement is too obvious, is it not? Do comments by O’Rourke indicate the “Obama Embargo” is showing cracks? One can only hope.
To further support his premise of irony, Andy Newman further explores the comedy of Gibert Godfrey, The Onion’s editor Joe Randazzoe and Spy Magazines Co-founder Kurt Andersen who offers up this advice to President-elect Obama and his supporters…
“One can maintain one’s ironic armor and arsenal where one needs it.”
Or as Vice President-elect Joe Biden famously cautioned “Gird Your Loins”!
“Irony Is Dead. Again. Yeah, Right.”
New York Times, November 21, 2008 Click|Here