The loss of class and tact in our modern society is certainly something to behold, and harkens back to the mid-1980’s and Tipper Gore.
Gore, along with a number of concerned and prominent women in politics, formed the Parental Music Research Council, (or PMRC), after a a number of shocking musical acts began topping the pop charts. They were concerned that young people were being targeted by purposefully-offensive musical acts who were trading these bad ideas for their children’s allowance money.
The PMRC eventually gave rise to the “explicit content” designation that we still see on albums today – a notation that had the unintended effect of galvanizing the idea that being risqué is inherently cool. From that moment forward, we have been on an unending parade into the more verbose and vitriolic corners of our national psyche.
Nearly 40 years later, even our late night television regulars are turning a bit gauche. This includes Stephen Colbert, who last night took aim at the RNC in a tactless way.
“Next stop on the love train, was Trump Jr. girlfriend and the vengeful banshee who will haunt your dreams, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who screamed this message of hope,” said Colbert. “When it came to the president’s agenda, she had some very nuanced screams.”
Then came a heavy accusation.
Colbert went on to suggest that Don Jr. was high on cocaine after some viewers took to social media and posted about how they noticed his “sweaty face” and “bloodshot eyes.”
“It was his keynote address, in that he looked like he had snorted a key,” Colbert quipped. “So before I tell you what he said, can we zoom in on Junior’s sweaty face and wet, bloodshot eyes?”
“Either he’s high or that’s what happens when you live in the splash zone of Screamin’ Guilfoyle,” he added. “Just bring a poncho.”
Humor and nuance go hand-in-hand, and without some metered subtlety thrown in, this is little more than flatulence into a microphone. We can only imagine how unfunny the jokes will be in 2024.
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