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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Absurdist Humor Lost In Translation

I don't think it can be said enough that conservatives either don't have a sense of humor of have one that is so remarkably dull that they can't tell the difference between satire and reality.

Such is the continued case with Ed Morrisey at HotAir who thinks that this piece of absurdist comedy from the folks at Funny Or Die is an actual ad telling people how to show support for healthcare reform.

And while it is clear that this is satire, although the ending makes the point that getting out a message is important, Ed Morrissey honestly thinks that these comedic message tactics are actually what Rock The Vote are intending to implement:

Finally, the irony of this campaign is that young adults would probably remain healthier if they abstained in the first place. Maybe sleeping with cougars and hot Colombian women sounds good, but promiscuity in practice means greater transmission of disease, especially during flu season. Don’t tell Joe Biden, but it’s even more risky than public transportation!

And not only has Morrissey been completely duped by this blatantly silly ad, he's even using it as a rationalization for inflammatory and ultimately conflated attacks against Kevin Jennings.

It could be hard time for cougars, poachers, and others looking to hook up or try out some of the more exotic menu items from GLSEN’s curriculum if RtV succeeds

In the end, people like Ed Morrissey are so intent on marginalizing the younger generation or casting them in the role of stoned, adle-brained, zombies, that they have completely lost the ability to differentiate from fantasy and reality, fact and fiction, and when people are being silly and when people are being serous.

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