- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 3, 2006

Despicable Danny

“I don’t know if Danny DeVito was drunk when he appeared on ‘The View’ … but I do know he was despicable.

“The reason he gave for his much-publicized rude and distasteful antics was that he had spent the night as part of George Clooney’s posse. He claimed that the ‘last seven limoncellos’ he had drunk with the sexiest man in the world were finally catching up with him. …

“Now that ‘The View’ has Rosie O’Donnell as head host, every Hollywood liberal who goes on the show feels comfortable bashing the president for a laugh, a round of applause, and a guffaw from Rosie. Danny was just trying to be the most outrageous so far. … In his five minutes, Danny managed to insult the president with a Three Stooges routine … and crow, ‘What about that hat trick last week! [Defense Secretary Donald H.] Rumsfeld, the House, and the Senate!’ Rosie shouted ‘Ta-da!’ even before Danny did.”

— Myrna Blyth, writing on “Despicable Danny,” on Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Imams on a plane

“Can you believe the six imams kicked off the US Airways flight in Minneapolis are threatening to sue?

“Can you believe they’re walking around free rather than being held and investigated for ‘probing’ on behalf of terrorists?

“Can you believe most of the media coverage of this incident focuses on possible civil rights violations and inappropriate religious ‘profiling’? …

“Most Americans don’t pre-judge Muslims as terrorists. But when they act like terrorists … then Americans have the right and duty to treat them with the utmost suspicion.”

— Joseph Farah, writing on “Imams and Apple Pie” on Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Borat backlash

“Tolerance has disappeared for Polish jokes, Italian jokes, Chinese jokes, even Dumb Blonde jokes — in short, jokes the teller uses to proclaim his/her superiority by demeaning others. …

“Now comes a movie in which Sacha Baron Cohen, an Orthodox Jewish comedian from England, plays Borat, a supposed television reporter from Kazakhstan in Central Asia, touring the United States interviewing Americans supposedly at random. … Cohen’s intention is to satirize sexism, racism and other isms by getting his real-life interview subjects to say bigoted things. With the exception of a couple of South Carolina college students, however, his subjects are scrupulously polite, not quite sure what to make of this boorish, racist, sexist yokel from afar. …

“While Cohen’s Borat fails to show that ordinary Americans are hopeless bigots, his satiric technique tells us he thinks that making an entire country and its people the butt of his shtick is OK. … The audience understands this is all for laughs, but not one in a million Americans is going to take the trouble to learn about the real Kazakhstan, so will be left with the impression that, at best, it is a very backward place.”

— Peter Hannaford, writing on “Borat the Soft Bigot,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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