I Fear for Jay Leno’s Soul.Posted: September 15, 2009
After last night’s horrid premiere of the primetime Jay Leno Show, I can see two eventualities happening:
1) The show will die a merciful death. (And I really mean merciful. It’s no skin off my back if the show continues for decades, because I’ve got plenty of other things to watch, or not watch. But I feel for Leno and the behind-the-scenes folks if they get caught in the soul-destroying rut of having to put this shite on night after night.)
2) The show will be a success, because vast portions of the American public actually enjoy seeing this particular president treated with shameful disrespect (satire works when it’s smart, pointed and funny; when it’s not, it’s just ugly), and think the idea of a white guy singing hip-hop in a car wash is a real hoot. (See Blackface, below.) The right-wing, borderline neo-Nazi demonstrations in Washington this week serve to show, sadly, that an audience like that is just waiting to have its comedy needs catered to.