November 10, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013
With apologies to all my trekkie followers (look again at the headline, you know what I mean) there is a rather simple yet profound “take-away” for all of us from the recent, regrettable, Artie Lange tweeting fiasco.
First, for those who may have missed it-Artie Lange is a self-described, pudgy, stubble-faced, blunt, white, comedian. He is also a Saturday Night Live alum and the host of the @midnight radio show. He is who he is and he does what he does. And sometimes he can be funny. Very funny. Comedy is of course a very personal matter. But for me, he misses the mark more than he hits it. So be it. His stand-up comedy shows don’t seem more “blue” or vulgar than say Eddie Murphy at his typical, Chris Rock or well, most comedians, guys or girsl who do “live” comedy. R.I.P. Ms. Joan Rivers.
Long story short, the “F-Bomb” seems “de rigeur” if you do stand-up comedy these days. Bob Hope never used it to my knowledge but hey, times change, right?
Well, it appears that there is an acceptable, even expected standard when you pay $50 a pop to see someone make you laugh on stage as opposed to when you land on the dial for a live radio talk show. And an even different standard when you tweet or are tweeted at.
And there in lies the very contemporary nature of today’s tweeting and its own code of what is and is not acceptable to tweet.
Artie Lange recently went on an epic “tweet-a-thon” about Ms. Cari Champion. She is the moderator or hostess of ESPN’s “First Take” a sports debate show that features Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayliss. She is also relatively young, African-American, and attractive (though truth be told when your competition is Messrs. Smith and Bayliss it’s tough not to be the “attractive one” but again, this is all very subjective and personal).
Artie took his own “attraction” nay, infatuation with Ms. Champion a step, or two, or a dozen, too far.
His tweets described an extremely vulgar personal “fantasy” of some type of master-slave, pre-civil war type of rape fantasy of Ms. Champion which Lange admitted even disgusted his own Mother.
When you turn your own Mom off from your comedy that alone should tell you that you went way, way too far but Mr. Lange “doubled-down.” Kudos to the very classy and professional Ms. Champion who has to date refused to be brought into this nonsense and vulgarity.
Not Artie. He has been ranting loud and often about the “PC Police” and the “liberal idiots” who would have him “muzzled.” He also declared that if he listened to his own Mom he’d be broke and not the apparently, big star that he is today.
And this is where Artie and I part company (actually, we parted well before he “shared” too much about Ms. Champion, but you get the point).
Personally, I am rather tired of anytime any celebrity or athlete or politician says or does something vulgar, illegal, immoral or all three, h/she (usually he, let’s be honest here) blames the “PC Police.”
Nope. No way you are going to wriggle out of this that easy Artie. Sure, you can share whatever demented and perverse “fantasy” you harbor on the very worldwide twitter-dom but you can’t then claim you are being “persecuted” when the vast majority of twitter folks and for that matter anyone who heard of this news, groans a very audible “yuck.”
My own take-away-Sometimes the “PC Police” gets a bad rap. And sometimes “over-sharing” leads to suspensions and firings. It’s how sponsors and society get to have the final word or two.
And in this despicable incident, the final word or two for you Mr. Lange is “Not Funny.”
You should have listened to your Mother. A lesson for us all.
The other lesson?
If you find yourself wondering “Is this really suitable for tweeting,” the answer is almost always, “No.”
Please. Tweet with Care.