Satire: 1) a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn, 2) a trenchant wit, irony or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.” Charles Caleb Colton (1780 – 1832)
I wasn’t allowed in the piano exam room at the University of Miami, so I was standing in the hallway listening to my teenager’s Rachmaninoff rumble through the wall. I started thinking about the news that Weiner’s wife, Hillary’s assistant, Huma, is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Man. What a web of evil the capital has become. I started goofing around with my new cell phone. I cannot operate it. I put it in my pocket and it calls people. I kept swiping the screen trying to get Janine Turner’s number because I was booked to be on her new radio show in exactly 10 minutes. Swipe, swipe, swipe. It kept flying past J and landing on P. Then, YouTube popped up and I stumbled upon this video of a young lady named Jenn Dodd doing an impression of me!
My first thought was, Ouch, she’s making fun of me. My second thought was, Wow, she’s making fun of me. My third thought was, She’s really talented and funny. My fourth thought was, Tell “Saturday Night Live.” (So I did.) My fifth thought was, I hope that while she’s researching me, she learns something about the danger our country is in.
When I was 20, the last thing on my mind was “my country.” But, things were different then. Our president wasn’t a communist. People can laugh, but it doesn’t change the facts. I looked up O’s church of 20 years’ mission statement. It is frighteningly racist (white hating) and Marxist. If brilliant comediennes want to make fun of me for exposing that, fine. I love to laugh. But, if Obama is elected for a second term, no one’s going to be laughing.
May 1, 2011, parade in Los Angeles
Next time Jenn satirizes a conservative, I hope she listens to the message. “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy” (Winston Churchill). It rewards lethargy and apathy. Capitalism rewards motivation, ingenuity and action. Right now, half of the adults in America are receiving some kind of government benefit and not paying taxes. This system is unsustainable. How can I explain this to a 20-year-old?
I’ll let Allen West explain it.
When college graduate Jenn Dodd gets promoted from her current job as waitress and “baby sitter for rich people on the Upper West Side” to “SNL” cast member and she starts making some big money, say, $20,000 a week and then more each year after that, well, under Obama’s Marxist ideology of “spread the wealth” and the philosophy of his church, Trinity’s Black Liberation Theology, “redistribution of wealth,” Jenn will have to give her check to Obama, and he will divide it up and give it to whomever he wants (like he’s doing with Obamacare waivers and TARP funds). Because we are all “equal,” Jenn Dodd will get maybe $1,000, and the drug addict next door who stares at his belly button all day will get $1,000, and the drama teacher who said she’d never make it will get $1,000, and a whole bunch of strangers will each get $1,000 of her check.
If Jenn Dodd stays on “SNL” for five years, squeezing her brain for new ideas, thinking, writing, going without sleep and family, not eating, existing on a constant adrenaline drip, fun but very stressful, she won’t get to save up and buy her dream house in Connecticut where the honeysuckle and lilacs drip over the stone walls and thick ivy embraces the 200-year-old farmhouse with the huge colonial fireplace and the red barn poses poetically, near her quarter horses that graze languidly in the swaying dandelions. Oh, no – Karl Marx doesn’t believe in private property.
“Saturday Night Live” is satire. When I was on the show, I did Roseanne, Zsa Zsa, Linda Blair and Jessica Hahn. I felt kind of bad about it. It didn’t seem very Christian. Making fun of someone is mean. But, I wanted to keep my job and felt like most of the people we dissed sort of deserved it. Now that I’m on the other end of the satire, I don’t know. Comedy is exaggeration.
Satire is a more subtle way to present one’s ideology than the Joy Behar method: “(Sharron Angle is) going to hell! She’s going to hell, this b—h!”
I wish we could attack the issues and not the people, but somehow it gets all tangled up. Joy Behar just called Chris Christie “fat” when “The View” brought up the issue of cutting public education funding to balance the budget. Oh, for the day when we can all be kind to each other and politely discuss the issues instead of each other’s physical foibles, because it’s in everyone’s best interest to do so.
I know Jenn Dodd will be famous soon. I hope that she doesn’t fall into the trap of selling her soul to the progressives in exchange for fame. She doesn’t have to be a liberal to be creative, successful and funny. Maybe she will be a trendsetter and think for herself.