I give WaPo “humorist” Gene Weingarten a lot of crap about his weekly column and not to worry, that continues today. I’m first to admit that Weingarten is capable of amazing writing that touches readers on many emotional levels that range from reeling in disgust from his poop humor to laughing at his candor. These days, however, his weekly column rarely reaches such great heights unless he’s writing about or imitating FishbowlDC. It’s recycled jokes, stale bits and observations that only elderly curmudgeons can relate to.
This week is no different as Gene tackles the RED-HOT controversy surrounding The Onion tweeting the dreaded “C-Word” with regards to Quvenzhané Wallis. Yes, THAT controversy from over a month ago. Gene uses it as a launchpad to discuss which jokes are appropriate and inappropriate to make. He writes, “Are there subjects so controversial that you just can’t joke about them? I believe the answer is no. You just have to do it right.” Fundamentally, I agree with Weingarten. You can read my original take on The Onion‘s joke here. So, this week should be easy! Gene and I will agree and we’ll all move on and be besties, right?
Well, not exactly. Read more