If another person tries to explain satire to me as if I didn’t learn that in middle school, I will scream. We get it: The Onion is a satirical website, a funny one that this writer used to visit frequently. No one and no topic is off limits in their brand of satirical comedy. None of that excuses the site or the tweet’s author for calling nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis the c-word. There’s no satire or comedy in degrading a child who, by the way, was making history at last night’s Oscars as the youngest nominee ever.
Liberal MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann left his job as host of Countdown last week, and there’s been much speculation over who should replace him. Sure, it would make sense for someone with similarly left-leaning views to take over, but what pundit or journalist would fit the bill? Well, it may not be a journalist after all, it may just be NBC’s Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming, Jack Donaghy, otherwise known as Alec Baldwin.
Baldwin has discussed his political aspirations before and has been very involved with the Democratic party. He has said in the past that politics “Is something that I’m very, very interested in,” but that “To quit (acting) now when it really feels good and doing it feels good would be an enormously difficult thing to do. However, I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class…would like to seek public office.” A source at NBC told PopEater that Baldwin would be perfect for Olbermann’s spot because “He’s already part of the NBC family, has a huge fan base and is very respected for his long term passions for politics.” We’re not sure how we feel about this, mostly because we want 30 Rock to go on forever, but it seems like a good transition for Baldwin to get into politics if, God forbid, he does ever leave the sitcom and the acting world.
Piers Morgan has only just taken over for Larry King as the resident celebrity interviewer on CNN, but he’s already taking pains to do the show on his terms and he doesn’t care who he offends. For instance, Morgan has created a list of guests who are banned from his show for no real reason except that Morgan just doesn’t like them. The show premiered last night and Morgan’s first guest was none other than interview queen Oprah Winfrey, but she’s one of the few people it seems Morgan can tolerate. Check out the list of diverse celebs Morgan refuses to invite to Piers Morgan Tonight and the actual reasons Morgan cites for blacklisting each person below:
Reason: “She is so boring. She’s too vegan for TV. We have Lady Gaga now so Madonna is banned from my show.”
Banned: Keith Olbermann.
Reason: “Just because it would really annoy him. It’s a temporary ban, designed to confuse and bemuse him, and hopefully engender a violent reaction.”
See more after the jump!
It’s no surprise that there’s contention between the Tea-partyin’ Palin family and super-liberal pundit Keith Olbermann. Olbermann, whose “Worst Person In The World” segment on his show notoriously tears into people he disagrees with, recently handed Bristol Palin the “Worst Person” label for appearing, somewhat ironically, in that abstinence PSA with The Situation that we think is so hilarious(ly bad).
Palin responded to Olbermann on her Facebook page (where else to the Palins go to air out their biz?), writing “Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity. Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes.”
“Canard”? Someone’s been making use of Thesaurus.com! “Insincere incredulity”? Who is writing this thing? It surely can’t be a real Palin. The entire rebuttal is well-written, in fact, and we tend to agree with Palin. However, we agree with Olbermann that the actual ad is like a spoof of itself because it’s so damn terrible (check it out again after the jump).