August 4, 2011

COMEDY CAN'T BE PC....:

Curb Your Enthusiasm's game of cultural chicken (Robert Cushman Aug 3, 2011, National Post)

The Palestinian Chicken episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, shown two Sundays ago, ended in a classic stand-off. On one side of the screen, a group of Los Angeles Jews, protesting the opening of a Palestinian restaurant next door to a deli, this apparently being the Californian equivalent of a mosque at Ground Zero. On the other side, a group of Palestinians protesting the protest. And in the middle, Larry David, his allegiances hopelessly split, partly by his lust for Palestinian chicken, but more by his lust for a Palestinian chick, who had given him the best sex of his life and called him a dirty Jew while giving it. He had first attracted her attention by getting into a fight with a co-religionist who had tried to enter a similar restaurant while wearing a yarmulke. Larry, it seems, likes a little bit of trangressiveness but draws the line at outright provocation.

The appeal of Curb Your Enthusiasm is that it displays everybody in the worst possible light; it's the most misanthropic American comedy since, I should think, W. C. Fields.


...because it consists of expressing what you secretly feel, not what you say in public. Larry is our id.


Posted by at August 4, 2011 7:48 AM
  

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