Sunday, March 18, 2007

There goes another one

Garrison Keillor. Dead to me. Go read. Then sing along with Sonic Youth. Kill yr. idols...

7 comments:

T said...

What a dumbass. At least I never liked him in the first place.

And--as I always say, long live the chosen family!

Rob said...

Dan Savage has written an excellent and appropriately profane response.

Also, as it turns out, GK has apologized. It turns out -- who knew? -- that some of his best friends are gay, and he didn't realize that some people beyond his little world might not see the humor in his crass 70s-era characterization of gay culture. Clearly, even in apologizing he doesn't understand how offensive that column was. It's very gratifying to see how many of the people responding on the PHC site aren't letting him off the hook.

I did like him, actually. In his glory days, his humor was understated and devastatingly subversive. His takedowns of Newt Gingrich were just beautiful. But somewhere along the way he turned into a marginally funnier Andy Rooney. It's very sad. However annoying his Mr. Folksy shtick, I'd always thought of him as one of the good guys.

R.I.P.

T said...

Ugh. But go, Dan Savage!

But do you notice how almost all of the people giving GK a hard time seem to be gay?

Rob said...

Not all. We'll see if they approve my comment.

An Briosca Mor said...

I used to be a major PHC fan, back in the day. I even went to see the show live once about 20 years ago when they came to Lisner Auditorium. And I was majorly bummed out when he ended the show due to burnout in 1986 or so. But after he came back and started doing the show again, I quickly lost interest. why? Because even though he famously has never uttered his name on the show, it's all about him. Which is okay when he's telling his stories or producing his little radio plays (although they lost their edge a long time ago, around the same time that, say, Saturday Night Live did). What pisses me off about him, though, is that he brings on the best musical groups in the world and lets them do only one or two songs or tune sets, while he himself sings more than that on every show. Although he's not as bad a singer as for instance Rebecca, he still is nothing more than a guy who ought to be singing in a choir of hundreds, not someone who should be singing lead on anything. So when I read these latest comments from him, all I can say is he's "Is he still alive? I thought he died years ago!" to me.

T said...

You know, I think I'd have more respect for him if he were outrageously anti-gay...but this bumbling, fumbling, "oh, it's humor" schtick is just plain irritating. His out and flaming gay friends probably joke around about him behind his back, and his closeted gay friends probably chose long ago not to come out to him....

Rob said...

Everything I've read about GK describes a quiet, introverted guy who lives in his own little world. It's very easy to think such a person would sling around offensive stereotypes without realizing other people might take serious umbrage. Just like people of our grandparents' generation might blithely talk about kikes and niggers. The man really has no idea.