Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's Hard Out There for a Satire Pimp

Your old Uncle PC is tired of being outraged.

He is ready to get back to being amusingly annoyed.

He wants to be funny, again.


The Blog has talked about this before, but it bares repeating.

It is getting harder and harder to write satire when so much that is actually going on in the world reads like an Onion fever dream.

Take for example this story about gazzilionaire Charles Koch, one half of The Koch Bros. comedy team.

On an international note,

The Taliban wants Malala to stop being mean.

See what I mean?

Those stories came from legitimate news sources.

There is nothing that this blog can add that would make these stories any more hilarious.

On a related note, a new, upstart, Onion wannabe, satire web site has risen in the last couple of months called The National Report.

It has caused a lot of problems on the social media scene.

You see, in spite of disclaimers all over their site, their stories are just believable enough, (and not funny enough,) that people are sharing their stories on Facebook as if they were factual.

Ann Coulter demands to be let off a plane being piloted by a black man.

George Zimmerman is suing Trayvon Martin's family for destroying his life.
You get the idea.

The PC feels like he is spending too much time on Facebook telling friends to "chill out, stories by The National Report are satire."

So, just a heads-up. Beware of stories credited to The National Report.

Getting back to the subject of "stranger than fiction..."

Have you seen the "budget" advice that McDonald's, with help from Visa, was kind enough to share with their employees?

I know, right?

A whole lot of unrealistic figures aside, the most hilarious thing about this budget is that it boils down to...

"Get a second job and turn off your heat."

Holy shit!

Why didn't I get that it could be so simple?

I must be stupid!

I can't wait to share this wisdom with The Blog, Jr.! He is currently working two low paying jobs while attending college, and wondering how he will pay all of his bills, next month.

Praise Mickey D for the sage advice! 

(Until now, I had never thought of Ronald McDonald as an "ass clown.")

And, while blogger Timothy B. Lee at The Washington Post ( a paper that is getting a lot of heat for not one, but two, racist op-ed pieces defending George Zimmerman,) tries to rationalize the McDonald's budget as "realistic..."

The McDonald's/Visa team have quietly attempted to walk back their much mocked budget advice. Not by getting real about their absurd figures, but rather, by allowing $50 for heat. 

Seriously! How do you satirize something that is already that weird?

Moving on...

A couple of posts back, I excoriated a follower of Ayn Rand.

I wish that had posted this story then.

It's not funny, but it does illustrate the absurdity of Rand's "virtue of selfishness" philosophy.

The Blog witnessed, from the inside, this very thing happen to a company he was working for in the 1990s. That once major company is now hanging by a thread.


(And off topic from the rest of this post...)

Irish songstress and satirist, (Okay, maybe this is on topic!) Amanda Palmer opened a can of whoop-ass in response to a story in the U.K.'s "Daily Mail."

Watch this NSFW (unless you work for the Hefner family) video, and give The Blog a "Hell Yes!"

Thanks to The Blog's sister for pointing The Blog to this video.

That's all for now.

The Blog is going to take a break for a couple of days.

See you in a few!

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