Scott Morefield recently related how in an interview, comedian Jimmy Kimmel stated that he doesn’t care that his liberal politics has resulted in a large percentage of the viewing public to desert him, particularly his views on Obamacare and gun control.
Well okay … and it appears that what motivates Kimmel to support Obamacare is self-interest; he has a young child at home. Never mind that much like the politicians who support the program (Pelosi, Clinton, Schumer), Kimmel is rich enough that the cost of even the most expensive medical procedure would hardly make a dent in his bank account. Kimmel, it would appear, is one of those liberal elites who has lost touch with reality.
So, here’s a dose of reality published in Money Magazine: In Michigan, state officials approved price hikes of 16.7% for individuals purchasing health insurance in 2017. Individual buyers can expect increases of 20% in Colorado, and from 19% to 43% in Iowa next year. These increases are actually on the low side when compared with states like Minnesota and Oklahoma, where individual plans will experience a 50% increase in costs. One begins to wonder how the Affordable Care Act is affordable for the average Joe. On what basis does Jimmy Kimmel support this program?
But now let’s examine the title of this post. Comedy is a dramatic work that is light and humorous, or satirical in tone that usually contains a happy resolution to thematic conflict. Stand-up comedy is usually performed by one person offering a monologue, and we would imagine it also to be light and humorous. Will Rogers comes to mind, where in reaching out to his audiences (the average Joe) he offered observations about political figures or policies. Rogers once observed, “Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”
The question remains: what is humorous about anything Jimmy Kimmel says on his late-night ABC television program? His shtick is a far cry from what we heard from Johnny Carson, but even Jimmy Kimmel is tame when compared to Kathy Griffin, who is not only unamusing, she’s also loutish and whacked. When did we begin to think that the vulgarity associated with Red Foxx, Lewis Black, or Richard Pryor was in any way humorous or entertaining? Who is willing to pay top dollar to spend an evening with uncouth, boorish people like these?
Now back to Kimmel, who doesn’t seem to care that he’s losing market share for his employer, the American Broadcasting Corporation. I’m quite sure ABC television cares, which suggests that Kimmel is someone who is so out of touch with reality, or so lacking in common sense that he doesn’t know who it is that butters his bread. Hint: it is the people who tune in to hear what he has to say. If 30% or more of his audience is leaving the show, it will have a significant impact on the revenues that ABC collects from advertisers. It is all about the money, you see —which is completely logical and fair: ABC is in the entertainment business, and if people aren’t being entertained …
There are other televised “comedians,” of course … and too many of these have somehow reached a place where they think that we (the people) are entitled to their political views. If I wanted to spend an evening with utterly incomprehensible political views, I’d turn to MSNBC or CNN. These “comedians” seem unaware that more than half of the American people DO NOT share their political views —and yet, if this is in fact the case, why are so many people willing to stand in long lines and pay exorbitant prices to hear them use the “F” bomb, or ridicule the man most Americans voted for in the last election, or even to mock the things that most Americans care about —such as the escalating costs of health care, or the right to bear arms, or the right of freedom of expression?
Of course, we do live in a free country and comedians have the right to express their views (so long as television producers are willing to incur dwindling revenues). At the same time, you and I have the right to ignore people like Kimmel and Griffin because neither of these people are humorous or entertaining, and speaking only for myself, I don’t care what they think —about anything.