Neilizms, is the political voice of artist, actor, and writer Neil Feigeles. After spending most of life quietly on the side watching the Powers That Be throw us practically in a ditch, as racism and greed have taken over the political world we live in. As I watch the rest of the world seemingly catching up to ours, I find it hard to believe ours is going backwards...
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
QUIT KILLING THE MESSENGER, MICHELLE WOLF ISN’T THE PROBLEM
What hypocrisy, the White House and the media simply can’t take a joke, or handle the truth. Apparently the monsters trying to destroy our democracy and those who are profiting over it aren't the problem, the comedian is.
WHY THE SUDDEN OUTRAGE OVER A FEW JOKES? It seems throwing the truth into the faces of liars and those profiting from it in a comedic act is now a crime worth destroying a persons career over. Without sounding like I’m begging, but lets not allow people’s misinterpretations of Michelle Wolf’s comedic jabs by snowflakes, hypocrites and losers, destroy her comedic voice of truth and sarcasm. It wasn’t that long a go they tried and pretty much succeeded in destroying Kathy Griffin’s career, at least for a while, when she had the audacity to make a political statement that insulted The Donald. Look at what they did to her for a photo, and lets not forget she apologized for it. But for the fans of Trump too bad, for them she went too far. Seems in the Kingdom run by Donald Drumpf, all those who dare to make fun of Heir Trump must pay with their livelihoods. Why is he allowed to attack and accuse all he wants to and never gets hurt, while everyone else gets attacked, for words or deeds that never ever get close to the crap he pulls?
Listening to the fallout over a comedic bit, as the snowflakes out there shout loudly at the outrage over jokes, which are being misinterpreted is maddening. In the age of Donald J. Trump, the fact that he and his minions, can distort reality with conspiracies and lies, and instead of being called out on it, kicked off air and drummed outta office, they get invited back for more. But the voices of resistance, reason, and humor get accused of practically every crime in the book. I must admit, when I first watched Michelle Wolf’s roast of the powers that be, I didn’t see the entire set of jokes on Trump, his minions and the media, but I witnessed most of it, about 12 minutes out of the 16. I was walking home late Saturday night and watched it on my iPhone on Youtube, and it definitely made the journey a much more interesting experience. While I can understand why some jokes offended people, and how others might find her delivery a little jarring, with a voice reminiscent of a young Roseanne Barr or Fran Drescher in The Nanny. But nothing she said was outta bounds, and every one of her targets deserved what she dealt out, especially Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s White House Press Secretary.
I do get why some might have thought her comedy set at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ dinner weren’t funny or worse, but what I don’t get is the onslaught of righteous anger? Have none of these idiots ever heard of this event before? Ever seen any of the jokes told by some of todays biggest political comedians. Every year there is outrage over a joke or ten that hits too close to home, but this year somehow seems different. The attacks on the comedic host more biting and point blank threatening. Last year, Hasan Minhaj hosted, another The Daily Show alumni, and the year before there was Larry Wilmore, and their jokes were just as biting as her’s were last night. But she’s a woman, and most importantly this time the people getting smacked for their hypocrisy happen to side with Donald. The insanity of this is we are talking about jokes which at no time ever reach the levels of vile, filth, and disgust that Trump has spewed at any number of events, sometimes on a daily pace. Half of his tweets go farther than anything she said in her routine. Plus nothing she said was a lie, unlike practically everybody associated with the Trump family singers, which are led by Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You know the one with the *perfect* smoky eye. I must admit the first time I head the joke, I mistook what she said as ‘fat’ and not ‘facts’ but I instantly rewound the video to make sure I got the joke right, and thought it was a home run. This is the joke she said that has now made her a target for the sheep, “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.” Now in my opinion that commentary is a perfect take down on the lying voice box of the so-called President. So Michelle Wolf, I presume trying to stem the tide trying to wash over her, came out in a tweet about it by responding to another tweet by Mika Brzezinski, who I guess misinterpreted the joke in a similar fashion that I had initially had. “Why are you guys making this about Sarah’s looks? I said she burns facts and uses the ash to create a *perfect* smoky eye. I complimented her eye makeup and her ingenuity of materials.”
The worse insult in all of this is that the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, the person who hired her, Margaret Talev, actually released a statement criticizing Michelle Wolf’s performance. Instead of siding with her rights to speak her mind, she sided with her detractors. Ironically the annual dinner is “billed as a celebration of freedom of the press and the First Amendment” and the idiot running it bends over to pressure from Trump who has suggested killing the annual event off for good. Seems in the age of Trump, if you speak ill of him and his minions, you need to be offed, imprisoned or more appropriately disappeared. Its like we are living in Russia, as Vladimir’s detractors and foes one by one get poisoned and killed off.
Now to put this into perspective of what wrong with this hypocrisy, right now Sean Hannity still is seen nightly spewing the same lies and conspiracies that our President does on a daily basis. Every attack on the FBI and the Mueller investigation parroted. Still on the air only weeks after the nation was stunned of learning Michael Cohen wasn’t just Trump’s attorney but also Hannity’s. At present, there is a real possibility at least in my mind, that Sean and Donald and Michael have all been working together for years. Their verbal assaults possibly coordinated in Vladimir’s office. So why is Sean allowed to continue on air? Shouldn’t they give him a needed vacation as they investigate the possible illegalities? I mean after pretty much lying by omission by not telling his audience that he’s in bed with Michael Cohen, how on Earth can a so-called news station allow this criminal his coveted spot? Millions of people’s perceptions have been tainted by his not letting them in on who his legal counsel is. I personally know of several seemingly normal people who spout off practically word for word the bull that they have seen on his program. I understand that Fox News now claims that his show is really entertainment and not news, but his audience doesn’t seem to know it, and they don’t appear to want to trumpet the reality of the cable channels hypocrisy. So why is the joke on air named Hannity allowed to fester but Michelle Wolf telling a few jokes that some find offensive is grounds to attack her and to actually threaten to end the annual event? Seems his saying “pussy” and other vulgarities are now nothing. But anyone else’s is grounds to call for yet another comedian’s head.
Donald’s year and a half in power has started to destroy whatever common decency was left in our world, because apparently Trump can get away with anything. As he said “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” perhaps we was right? Because in this backward world we are living in, anyone else who dares to attack him or his minions gets the worse possible punishments. Look at how they attacked Hillary Clinton, look at his lies about President Barack Obama, and how he attacked pretty much everyone with insults and accusations, and nothing is ever too far for him with his fans. One hopes that one of these days the world will go back to normal again before it cracks into a million or so pieces. At least I hope people would begin to find his nonstop lies and daily insanity to be getting a bit old and repetitive, but as of now the party in power ain’t doing anything to rid themselves of their deal maker. But with the Fox News world continuing to pitch entertainment programming as if they were state run television, sadly too many sheep out there will continue to believe whatever conspiracies or lies they report as fact.
Until Trump’s ugliness is revealed in such a way as to take away whatever spell has his minions in rapture, apparently no matter what he says or does will remove him from office. Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, keeps coming out to argue the case that we shouldn’t talk Impeachment, even as the clamor for it grows daily, because right now its just a pipe dream. Obviously until the Democrats get the majority in the Congress, nothing the Democrats do has any weight to it. But even if the Democrats do win back the majority, and somehow Trump does get impeached in the House, removing Donald is still just a fantasy to those who are suffering under his leadership. So if they somehow get past act one of the legal removal of a President, the second act in the impeachment proceedings then goes to the Senate, where a two-thirds majority vote is needed to convict a President and remove him from office. But even if the Democrats win the majority there too, getting the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster is a hard number to reach. And until something comes out that will shut up the liars and doubting Thomases the Republicans probably will never jump ship. That is until enough evidence of collusion or other crimes against the state come out and unless enough political leaders in power see the light, even if Trump gets impeached, his removal is still a long shot. We can hope that Trump makes some kind of deal with Mueller or the Congress to step down if eventually he realizes his now revealed crimes will eventually find him in prison stripes or worse on death row, depending whatever criminal acts turn out to be the ones he actually did.
A year ago or so, Kathy Griffin sent out her fateful tweet, and was turned into a pariah in the eyes of too many, and over night went from the D-List star to Persona non grata. She and others talked about the fear that comedians now had with the current political landscape. How some had to now self-censor themselves in fear that their careers might be ruined as Kathy’s seemingly was for a while. Hopefully this tsunami against Michelle Wolf will blow over as quickly as every one of Trump’s own daily outbursts do, and the talking heads will go on to their next victim and leave her alone, and her now ascending career continues its trajectory.