Friday, May 14, 2010

Now That's Entertainment!

Now That's Entertainment!

You know, I'm not even sure how to introduce this political clip other than you'll wonder if it's actually real.

Yes, that is real and it is beautiful
Dan Fanelli, a Florida Republican hoping to emerge from a competitive Republican primary field to challenge Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, has released an ad in which he appears to argue that the United States should engage in racial profiling to fight terror.

"Does this look like a terrorist?" he asks in the spot, pointing at a white-haired white man in a tie. Then a darker-skinned man in a black t-shirt enters the frame as Fanelli asks, "or this?"

"It's time to stop this political correctness and the invasion of our privacy," he says. He then goes on to make an apparent joke about how he wouldn't mind being pulled out of line at the airport if "a good looking, ripped guy without much hair was flying airplanes into the twin towers."

Well, it's beautiful in that five car pile up on the side of the road that you simply have to slow down to get a better view at sort of train wreck. I've always wondered about how people that get paid to do things like portray a negative stereotype of their own race unironically rationalize it. Work's work, I guess. I suppose I also wonder the same about fat/ugly people who are cast in a role in which they're ridiculed for being fat/ugly.

Like, you move all the way out to Los Angeles, work at In-n-Out for years waiting for your big break, go to audition after audition, and the defining work of your life is playing somebody's fat friend for a couple seasons on some tbs sitcom. How do you live with yourself?

You can't even lose weight or try and get healthy! Your whole career is based on being fat and ugly. I mean, do you try to rationalize it? Do you tell yourself "I'm not really that ugly, they just play it up with camera angles and makeup" or do you walk around all day knowing that you're actually tv-exaggerated-ugly (or contributing to the marginalization of your race or whatever)

Then again, the 'arabs' in the ad are probably Italians or Greeks or something. It's ads like this that make me want to smoke weed or something. Look at it. That dude literally had a towel on his head. This is nothing more than a case of "White people walk like this, but terrorist walk like this."

It was pointed out on the daily show that the guy who flew the plane into the IRS building looked just like the guy the ad is for.

Maybe we should stop all the bald "buff looking" 50 year old's before they fly planes into our own government buildings. But again, this goes to show you that we remember when someone who isn't white does something for a long time but quickly forget how many in-house terrorist we have. It's as if the following things never happened:

The guy flying the plane into the IRS building
The Unabomber
Oklahoma City
those Michigan Militia fellows planning to kill cops

Oh, you know what? Fuck it! The reason profiling doesn't work is because as soon as you make it official in what sort of look you're keeping your eye on, that terrorist will use makeup or find someone who looks innocent and hates America do to the act.

Just take a look at the list of violent crimes and the people behind them.


The real irony here is that John McClane, Jack Bauer and any conservative action film star almost invariably finds himself up against members of the military-industrial complex who are the real bad guys of whatever terrorist plot the film/show has. This goes flying straight over the heads of conservatives. The fact that the true enemy is ourselves. But no, fuck this dude and fuck them Muslims for wanting to build a Mosque two blocks away from the WTC site.

It's official, America is the worst country and conservatives do a better job at parodying themselves than actual parodies. But you know what? Fuck it. I'm just going to numb myself to life with comical videos of mascots falling down.

Oh man, do I feel better now!

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