January 1, 2006


Cowboys Are My Weakness (LARRY DAVID, 1/01/06, NY Times)

SOMEBODY had to write this, and it might as well be me. I haven't seen "Brokeback Mountain," nor do I have any intention of seeing it. In fact, cowboys would have to lasso me, drag me into the theater and tie me to the seat, and even then I would make every effort to close my eyes and cover my ears.

And I love gay people. Hey, I've got gay acquaintances. Good acquaintances, who know they can call me anytime if they had my phone number. I'm for gay marriage, gay divorce, gay this and gay that. I just don't want to watch two straight men, alone on the prairie, fall in love and kiss and hug and hold hands and whatnot. That's all.

Is that so terrible? Does that mean I'm homophobic? And if I am, well, then that's too bad. Because you can call me any name you want, but I'm still not going to that movie.

Mr. David is pretty nearly the avatar of all humor being conservative--all of his public sentiments are properly progressive and he doesn't believe a one in reality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2006 9:58 AM

Wonder how David feels about shepherds?

Posted by: erp at January 1, 2006 10:09 AM

It's one of those dirty but necessary jobs better left to immigrants.

I thought this paragraph was perspicacious:

So who's to say I won't become enamored with the whole gay business? Let's face it, there is some appeal there. I know I've always gotten along great with men. I never once paced in my room rehearsing what to say before asking a guy if he wanted to go to the movies. And I generally don't pay for men, which of course is their most appealing attribute.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 1, 2006 10:13 AM

as a retired rancher,i worked with cowboys all my life. i never saw a gay one or ever even suspected that any were.if there was they really kept it under wraps.the gay ones went to san francisco or l.a.

Posted by: danw at January 1, 2006 11:27 AM

How strange the word, "progressive," used to describe homosexuality, appears to one who appreciates how such practices have been viewed at different times over the ages.

One supposes we soon hear that extirmination of the unborn is "progress."

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 1, 2006 11:36 AM

if the makers of this movie really had confidence in its appeal, they wouldn't be so sneaky about trying to trick audiences into going to see it. the advertising doesn't mention the real theme at all. the only scene in the thing i want to see, is where the two leads are sitting in a bar having beers, and an indian, a cop, and a construction worker walk in...

Posted by: ebert's toe at January 1, 2006 12:08 PM

So, am I supposed to know who Larry David is?

Posted by: Kirk Parker at January 1, 2006 2:23 PM

The real sin of this horror flick is the way it falsely labels a pair of sheepherders as "cowboys". Anyone familiar with the products of Republic Pictures knows the difference. It's time for Hollywood to get over it's sheepherder-phobia, come out of the closet, and tell us the truth.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 1, 2006 2:33 PM

Larry David was the co-creator/producer/writer of the Seinfeld show. The character of George Costanza is based largely on him. He's also done a show on cable, but unfortunately it isn't carried on any of the channels I get.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at January 1, 2006 2:40 PM

And then there's the adultery angle...

Posted by: sharon at January 1, 2006 3:05 PM


Like with Eugene Robinson (the NH bishop), that part of the story is never mentioned. It is the pain that dares not speak its name, no?

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 2, 2006 12:05 AM

Yeah, there's a lot of good conservative comedians out there. Lets see theres....uhh....hmmm....ok can anyone name any conservative comedians?

Posted by: Grog at January 2, 2006 3:59 AM

... Larry the Cable Guy.

Posted by: AllenS at January 2, 2006 6:04 AM


The Onion, Letterman and Leno, Dave Barry, The Farrelly Brothers, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, etc.


Here's a simpler test--name one or one who's comedy isn't. There's a book in it for the winner but the contest has been going on for several years:


Posted by: oj at January 2, 2006 8:52 AM

You forgot P.J.O'Rourke, although he labels himself a "Republican Party Reptile".

For examples of unfunny Leftwing comedians, watch just about any "comedy show" on the CBC*. Garrison Kiellor and Al Franken would fit right in if Minnesota's unfunniest humorists were Canadian.

* Red Green excepted, of course, because he's their token conservative, and besides, the show is a documentary.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 2, 2006 8:03 PM

OJ: Well, those guys are conservative just like you think Orwell was. Letterman and Leno work for two of the world's largest corporations.
The Onion? Is this (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43889) conservative?
George Carlin? Is that a joke?
The Farrely brothers; I would have to disagree, but I wouldn't call them Marxists either.
Dave Barry: give me an example of something Barry has written that makes his humor clearly conservative, and I will give an example that could prove otherwise.
You want examples of non-conservative/anti-conservative/liberal comedy? That's like shooting fish in a barrel.
I think the question is kind of humorous actually. Your obsession with claiming all human laughter in the aegis of conservatism leads me to question whether or not you are really getting the jokes.

Posted by: Grog at January 3, 2006 12:45 AM


Not only is that piece from the Onion conservative, I honestly don't get how it could be seen as anything else.

Odd that when you shoot into the barrel only conservative humor floats to the top.

Posted by: oj at January 3, 2006 3:29 AM

OJ, you've never heard George Carlin's rants about abortion, have you?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at January 3, 2006 11:28 AM


Sure. Ever heard him talk about his parents' abortion decision? He's the butt of his joke.

Posted by: oj at January 3, 2006 11:44 AM

Dave Barry is an avowed, self-described libertarian.

Posted by: Tom at January 3, 2006 7:11 PM