Then there's the Cheney hatred. The little-watched Independent Film Channel is preparing a new series for August that they're hyping as "the most violent sitcom ever made." This apparent laugh riot's title, appropriately, is "Bullet in the Face."
The producers have spiced up their formula of "unrestrained shootings, peppered with wildly offensive language," not to mention a dash of crucifix-as-backscratcher humor (been there, mocked that religion) with leftist politics. IFC executives were reported to be concerned about dialogue grouping Dick Cheney in with the likes of Hitler and Stalin. To be precise, it "will be misconstrued as something more than an attempt at some very dark, inappropriate humor."
"Misconstrued" -- like the thought that Bush's head on a pole might imply hostility.
Broken record time: Can anyone imagine a Hollywood production where Barack Obama is compared to Hitler or Stalin? You can't. In fact, the Viacom-owned network TV Land would not even allow the name "Obama" next to the word "mop."
In a taping of an American Film Institute tribute to Shirley MacLaine, Don Rickles, who has spent a half-century poking irreverent, absolutely innocent fun at everyone, joked, "President Obama is a personal friend of mine -- he was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke." TV Land announced the joke would be edited out of the broadcast, and a Rickles representative said they knew jokes "would be a cut a bit for time."
This is the same Viacom corporation that green-lighted the cartoon "Lil Bush" in 2007, a show so horrid that reviewer Whitney Pastorek at the liberal magazine Entertainment Weekly emphatically denounced how this "borderline irresponsible" program shamed the channel epitomized by the "urbane" satire of Jon Stewart.
"Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Condi Rice are kids! And they're all stupid and evil! Cheney drinks the blood of chickens! And Jeb Bush is retarded! It's a juvenile pile of manure aching to hit the conservative pundit fan," Pastorek lamented. "Thus, I beg those on the right -- and while I'm at it, everyone else -- not to watch it."
The show was a flop, airing only 17 episodes in 2007 and 2008. But the double standard of TV programming remains. The names of Bush and Cheney may be forever blasted. The name of Obama shall be forever exalted.