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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Words You Cannot Say About George Carlin

By Dennis Byrne
Chicago Daily Observer

It boggles the mind how a culture can lionize the recently departed comedian George Carlin while simultaneously consigning radio guy Don Imus to the lowest precincts of hell.

They both have made a raunchy career out of “offending,” yet one—Carlin—was revered and eulogized while the other—Imus—is despised. After Carlin, 71, died of heart failure last Sunday, the praise rolled in, about his genius and brilliance, his ground-breaking comedy and social commentary, his willingness to challenge the powerful, and his advocacy for free speech. He, indeed, was all of that.

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1 comment:

Thin Man said...

Mr. Byrne, please. Why do you think that George Carlin has been praised while Don Imus is vilified? Do you think there is a law that prohibits negative opinions of Carlin and positive opinions of Imus? Do you think that some wacky liberal mind control is responsible for our national love of Imus? No. Apparently, the American people have decided that they don't mind mocking of conservatives, but don't like the mocking of liberals. This is not oppression or hypocrisy, Mr. Byrne: this is free speech. This is people deciding for themselves what their values are and who they agree with, the free speech that conservatives like you are supposed to treasure, and guard from communist liberals like myself. Unfortunately, you seem to have a persecution complex-can you tolerate being made fun of-and this is lost on you. Carlin draws no criticism while Imus does? Sorry, Mr. Byrne, but the people have spoken.