Here’s something that’s always pissed me off about Jon Stewart — and why I consider him to be a chicken shit. When he was host of “The Daily Show,” he’d frequently call out others’ actions, but if anyone tried calling him out, he’d hide behind the fact his show was a “comedy.”
To see him “in action” doing this, I’ve provided the following clip:
Essentially, the political-comedy genre allows a comedian to:
- Use their celebrity as a platform to get public attention
- Dip their toe in political waters by calling out actions of politicians/pundits, etc.
- If ever they find themselves on the receiving end of criticism, cop out behind “it’s just a joke.”
If a comedian makes a statement, is it their real opinion or part of their “shtick”? This provides them a certain amount of cover — If a comment is well received, they can own it as their own belief. If not, they can claim it merely a “comedic misfire.”
Politicians clearly aren’t afforded this same luxury. Before Trump (B.T.), if a politician made an off-color remark or a joke that fell flat, it very likely could have cost them their political race, or possibly even their career.
The problem is, a comedian can “hit” a politician, but a politician can’t hit them back. Why? Because “it’s just a joke” when a comedian does it, but it’s considered “mean-spirited” if a politician responds in kind. Comedians clearly have no problem with such hypocrisy, as Bill Maher frequently pulls this same kind of dodgy bullshit.
Comics are instigators who use a defense mechanism similar to “You wouldn’t hit a guy in glasses, would you?” when challenged. This is what needs to happen to them when they try and pull that shit:
It’s interesting to note that when the shoe’s on the other foot, Stewart isn’t so good at taking a joke at his own expense. Here’s a clip of Seth MacFarlane on Piers Morgan’s show talking about an experience he had after parodying Stewart on “Family Guy.”:
Hey Stewart, don’t dish it out if you can’t take it, pal.