Pop question: What major would provide an aspiring journalist the best chance of employment? Communications? Broadcast journalism? News production?
None of the above. Instead, if you want to be taken seriously in today’s news industry, there’s only one course to master.
Apparently, we now take late-night comedians so seriously, construing their every word as gospel truth, that we’ve elevated them to the same level as national news anchors.
Just look at the mammoth firestorm engulfing late night’s Jimmy Kimmel. During a recent unscripted segment of his “Kids Table” skit, where children discuss complicated issues, Kimmel asked how the U.S. should handle Chinese ownership of American debt. A 6-year-old boy joked, “Kill everyone in China.”
An uproar ensued. Protests are still occurring from coast to coast. Picketers are demonstrating against ABC and its affiliates. Demands are being made to fire Kimmel and cut the show. “Kids Table” has been dropped entirely, and the segment in question has been edited out of reruns. And because 100,000 signatures have been gathered via the “We the People” online initiative, the White House must officially issue a comment.
As the petition puts it, “They (ABC and Kimmel) had a choice not to air this racist program, which promotes racial hatred. The program is totally unacceptable and it must be cut. A sincere apology must be issued. It is extremely distasteful and this is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people.”
ABC has played right into the hands of this politically correct madness. Numerous apologies have been issued, yet they continue to be rejected as not “sincere.” So let’s get this straight. ABC was “wrong” for airing a funny segment on a comedy show, but somehow it’s okay to carry signs depicting Kimmel as Hitler and saying he supports genocide?
The chairman of the Roundtable of Chinese American Organizations, in saying that ABC’s apology wasn’t enough, wants the network to “do something in the future to avoid terrorist violence.” What does that even mean?
Thank God we don’t have any really pressing issues, like healthcare, immigration, and yes, our massive debt.
ABC tried to engage in damage control, but got suckered, receiving the worst of both worlds, apologizing for something that warranted no apology, and being told it was nowhere near good enough. Now it’s still backpedaling with no end in sight.
Now, the bar has been lowered for the next person who gets “offended” by a comedian’s joke. ABC should have simply said, “It was a joke on a comedy show . . . get over yourself.” But ABC proved corporate intelligence is an oxymoron.
While it’s ridiculous to even address these oversensitive but loudmouthed pansies, the media hype necessitates we look at this in a rational way:
1. Notwithstanding the obtuseness of those incapable of grasping what a “joke” is, it’s preposterous to call the skit racist, or that it “promoted fascism” since it was a joke! "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"is not "World News Tonight." It is a comedy show with the goal of making people laugh. What part of that don’t people understand?
2. Since the person who made the joke was six, it’s safe to say that nothing should be taken seriously. Doing so demonstrates a pathetic propensity for acting like a space cadet.
3. Does anyone of sound mind really believe Jimmy Kimmel hates Chinese people? And the best way to reduce America’s debt is to murder its creditors? (If so, the American people should be worried, since they own the lion’s share). Is Kimmel really the next Hitler, and is his show just a front for him to execute his grand plan of wiping out the world’s Chinese? Is his true intention to be the world’s foremost genocidal comedian?
You can tell a lot about a society by its sense of humor. The strong ones have the ability to laugh, poke fun, and engage in self-deprecating humor, made possible by an innate confidence and the ability not to take itself too seriously.
Conversely, societies that live in fear, get perpetually “offended,” and attempt to sanitize everything put themselves on the path to self-destruction. Political correctness rules the day, common sense goes out the window, and a bitter resentment grows as people feel they can only express themselves behind closed doors, fearful of being labeled racist, bigoted, and yes, even genocidal.
It’s time for the American people (and companies) to push back against this rising tide of insanity. No more backing down for innocent jokes, and no more apologies to people whose existence is predicated upon being “offended.”
If anything needs to be killed, it’s political correctness and the massive insecurity blanket that it has thrown on top of America.
And that’s no laughing matter.
Jimmy Kimmel, keep the laughs coming and show your critics that the real joke’s on them!
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.
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