The Celebrity Left’s Obsession with Obscenity

As the election draws near, President Obama’s celebrity supporters are stepping up their political presence in pop culture – and in the process, exposing their bizarre, immature predilection for spewing obscenities.

Foul-mouthed purported comedienne Sarah Silverman, for example, recently fired off a controversial, unsurprisingly unfunny question to Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Twitter, in which she asked him, “Quick Q: Do you eat p**s? Need to know asap. Thx.” Hilarious. And such a useful contribution to the political discussion in the most critical election of our time, if not in all of American history.

You may remember, if you keep up with the juvenile antics of Hollywood’s out-of-work D-list comics, that Silverman recently posted an online video address to Republican billionaire and Romney supporter Sheldon Adelson. In that mercifully short clip, she proposes to Adelson that he give his millions to Obama instead, in return for which, “I will scissor you, wearing a bikini bottom, through to fruition. That means until you c*m”:

Do you know how many Republican billionaires are giving money to Romney? All of them. How many of them are getting scissored by a bikini-bottomed Jewess with big naturals?

Then she attempts to demonstrate said scissoring with a very unwilling and mortified-looking dog on a couch. Classy. And why that doesn’t qualify as animal abuse, I don’t know.

Moving on from the desperate Silverman, let’s turn our attention to a “How Celebrities Rock the Vote” video featuring a motley collection of lesser-known TV “stars” encouraging people to get out and vote. In the video, posted last week on the “Funny or Die” comedy website, Kathy Griffin, who revels in her grating persona of an aging, raw-voiced prostitute, says she’s voting because everyone at the polling place is of legal age: “Seriously, I can f**k anyone there!” Actor Neil Patrick Harris says he votes because he likes hitting on the little old ladies who check him in at the polling places, because they “have no teeth,” wink wink. The man best-known as the husband of former crack addict/Black-Eyed Peas singer Fergie, an actor whose name no one can ever remember, says he votes because “I love you, America. I f**king love you!”

Despite the fact that the Rock the Vote video is loaded with openly Democratic celebrities and features not a single openly conservative one, the video isn’t explicitly partisan; Obama’s name is not mentioned, and another of its unrecognizable celebs urges everyone to get out and vote for “the candidate of your choice.” But then he adds the punch line: “at least ten times.” That nod to voter fraud would be a funnier line if it didn’t represent the left’s actual election strategy, which consists of voting multiple times and collecting votes from dead people and cartoon characters.

Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, who believes Obama’s opponents are racist (this, from the man who once said that Obama’s “message didn’t mean s**t to me,” and “I voted for Barack because he was black”) and whose unparalleled F-bomb skills are becoming something of a lucrative side career, recently starred in a video called “Wake the F**k Up,” a parody of his spoken rendition of the children’s-book-for-adults, Go The F**k To Sleep. In the political ad, Jackson magically appears in the homes of apathetic voters of all ages to poetically browbeat them into taking this election seriously. Here’s a sample of Jackson’s colorful, as well as misleading, language:

Sorry, my friends, but there’s no time to snore
An out-of-touch millionaire just declared war
On schools, the environment, unions, fair pay
We’re all on our own if Romney has his way
And he’s against safety nets
If you fall, tough luck
So, I strongly suggest that you wake the f**ck up.

Jackson interrupts an elderly couple getting intimate, and warns them about the disaster they face if Romney’s elected. “What do you want us to do?” the old lady asks. He shouts back, “Say ‘Hell no, motherf***ers!’” The video closes with a little girl shouting out her window to the world, “Wake the f**k up!” Only progressives, who in recent years have stepped up their anti-family strategy of destroying the innocence of children, could find a child shouting the F-word to be funny.

The Jackson video was sponsored by the liberal Jewish Council on Education and Research Super PAC, which also produced another expletive-sprinkled Sarah Silverman video, this one encouraging Florida seniors to take “the great schlep” to the ballot box and vote for Obama.

These are just the recent standout examples of the celebrity left’s fondness for obscenity in political discussion. It’s always there as an underlying constant. Bill Maher, for example, the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, can barely get through a sentence on his political show without crudity, and his audience eats it up.

What’s the point of this barrage of F-bombs? What does this obsession with obscenity say about the left – and the right? The left likes to believe that they are “edgy,” and that conservatives are uptight. Substitute “juvenile” for “edgy” and “adult” for “uptight,” and they’d be correct.

Lighten up Tapson, it’s comedy! This is all just meant to be a lighthearted take on the normally heavy topic of politics, right? Not entirely. The expletive-laden silliness educates no one about the issues and adds absolutely nothing to the political conversation, but that’s not the intention. The gutter language is aimed at winning the support of left-leaning youth who respond less to serious examination of the issues than to cool celebrities and “edgy” behavior. It is aimed at a generation that is still young enough to be titillated by dirty words and that gets most of its news from Facebook, Twitter, and satirical news sites like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It is designed to ridicule conservatives as uptight old fogeys like their parents, and to paint the left as youthful and hip by contrast. And what young person doesn’t want to be hip?

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  • Stephan

    Gustave Le Bon would have been to happy to examine the mass psychosis of these "stars".

  • Elliott

    Regarding Sarah Silverman and her childish antics:
    I know that in the past I have tried to define how one is Jewish (born to a Jewish Mother, or converted via an Orthodox conversion process – there is, of course, more to it than that).
    Please note: Sarah Silverman is far from being Jewish or representative of Judaism and its adherents.
    If she wants a guide as to how Jewish people are expected to act, particularly (but not only) in public, she should study (and take to heart) the famous "Ethics of the Fathers".
    There she will see, with 100% clarity, that what she suggested for Mr. Adelson is SO FAR REMOVED from being Jewish that she should cringe with the realization of how crass and "Un-Jewish" she is.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Eat pies?

      • JW

        Eat peas ? it couldn’t possibly be eat piss could it ? If it is , then she should get another job, say bagging my groceries, because she is not funny and never has been.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          I really don't know unless they "p _ _ s" really left out more than 2 characters. Kind of funny, but not in the way intended I guess. Maybe eat piss, but wouldn't that be…never mind…

          I'll take some boysenberry or apple pie. I would take Silverman if she's just keep her potty-mouth under better control.

    • Bugs

      You really think she cares about being Jewish? It's just part of her schtick.

  • ezra mordecai

    In a conversation with my Rabbi, he asked how do you know if something is really Jewish. I did not reply, because I was unsure what he was asking. His reply to me was very simply. You will know if it is Jewish, if is good for you and good for everybody else. So much of what I see in the Jewish community in America isn't very Jewish.

  • Asher

    These Rappers love to use the F bomb…The dirtier the better…they are actually turning people off!

  • tagalog

    Sarah Silverman said, “I will scissor you, wearing a bikini bottom, through to fruition. That means until you c*m”?

    TMI, TMI!

    Is that the meaning of "scissor" or "fruition?" Please help this old strait-laced curmudgeon out…

    Why would she wear a bikini bottom? Or does she want Mr. Romney to wear a bikini bottom?

    Never mind, don't tell me. I don't want to know.

  • Schlomotion

    On the one hand you have Samuel L. Jackson and Sarah Silverman, two accomplished entertainers with huge artistic repertoires. And on the other hand, you have Mark Tapson.

    • Touchstone

      Does an expansive artistic repertoire grant someone immunity from criticism? By that standard, what right did you have to excoriate Michael Moore, the most successful documentary filmmaker ever? It seems you allow yourself the luxury to criticize whomever you please, regardless of the magnitude of their acclaim, but seek to deny others the same privilege.

      In any case, a person can be brilliantly talented and celebrated but also undeniably guilty of wrongdoing, and it doesn't matter in the least who points it out, so Tapson's lack of world acclaim is irrelevant. Or should we only read critiques of celebrities by other celebrities, and no-one else? The implication of your line of attack is absurd: nobody has the right to criticize celebrities except other celebrities!

      Wagner was very gifted and some of his music is glorious. He was also riddled with bigotry.

      Mel Gibson has made some impressive films, but he's got his demons too.

      Sam Jackson is as charismatic as actors get, but he deserves some criticism for saying that Obama's skin pigment is enough of a reason to vote for him. (Unless he was kidding, but it didn't sound like it.)

      There are no sacred cows, Goodwin. Nobody's above reproach.

      • Schlomotion

        Touchstone, I agree by and large with your post. Expansive artistic repertoires do not grant people immunity from criticism. Right away, a flag goes up in my mind about the word "criticism" that it means everything from Crito of Alopece personified, through mid 20th Century pure textualist literary theory, through Culture of Critique by Kevin MacDonald. One is hard pressed to discard the immediate connotations of "criticism" which might portray Mr. Tapson as the trusted friend saving the life of Socrates, John Ransom arguing for a more close, scientific, and precise reading of the text transcript of a Samuel Jackson or a Sarah Silverman. One is hard pressed to discard the possibility that Mr. Tapson might be doing a deconstruction of the Boasian anthropological, politically radical, psychoanalytic or Frankfurtian semiotic memes embedded in Jackson's use of the F-word.

        But he is not. He is just lashing out at two identities whose name and face are on a Hasbara's Most Wanted poster somewhere alongside Janeane Garofalo. Neither of these two celebrities come close to being Wagnerians raving against Jacob Meyerbeer. Really, Mr. Tapson is the one doing that. By contrast, however, Wagner had established himself as a pianist and opera house designer first.

        I agree of course that Wagner was a bigot. His bigotry, though, resembles other nationalist bigotry, including Zionist bigotry. I don't think that makes it any more acceptable, just less of a surprise. Same also with Gibson.

        I agree that Jackson could and perhaps should be called to task for his statement. However, Mr. Tapson was doing more than that. He was pretending to identify the social ill of "obsession" with profanity, and singling out two hard-working performers, one of whom worked his way up from minstrel parts, whose routines utilize profanity, but who can't really be said to be obsessed with it.

    • tagalog

      If it comes to a choice, I'll trade a Jackson and a Silverman for one Tapson.

      • trickyblain

        But would you trade their net worth?

        • tagalog

          High net worth is of course enviable and desirable. But I still would happily trade a high-net-worth Jackson/Silverman for a Tapson, since I'll never get a dime from any of them.

          I also think Samuel Jackson gets as much mileage as he can from looking like an Angry Black Man, and that Ms. Silverman makes as much hay as she's able from acting like a loose streetwalker, and both those sets of postures are wholly repellent to me.

          • trickyblain

            Well, I can't say I disagree with anything you say here. But I did like SLJ in Pulp Fiction. Not very believable as a Jedi, though.

    • cjk

      On the one hand we have (drum roll) the Chancellor of Germany and on the other his pathetic little critic, a nobody with the name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer!
      Bravo you MORON.

    • Nancy

      Samuel L. Jackson's "artistic repertoire" consists of speaking LINES that other people wrote, so you CAN excuse his profanities in movies, but Sarah Silverman's "artistic repertoire" consists of her being a foul-mouthed, UNFUNNY, self-described "comedienne"…..which is HER assessment of what she is, and some people share it, but she's NOT by any means a "comedy star" whose work will last long!

      • Schlomotion

        De gustibus non est disputandum.

        • tagalog

          Well, this is not so much an issue of taste as it is of social acceptability standards. Personally, I don't care much for a society that habitually encourages its population to act like street people, and I don't think most other people do either.

          Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., once wrote a book in which he suggested that if you act a certain way long enough, pretty soon you ARE the person you acted like. We should avoid street values and we all know it.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,Schlomind,if you call swearing every few minutes artistic,than you'd find Samuel L. Jackson and Sarah Silverman to be just that. To be honest,I find all that swearing to be annoying and needless. People can get their points across WITHOUT going into the gutter. Unfortunately,you can't because you marinate in the sewer of anti-semitism every day,bashing Jews for no other reason than that they exist.

  • Mikey De

    The Jewish man that I work for would be appalled by Ms Silverman's statement and apparent lack of morality. Why do democrats have to feed on the bottom when looking for support. Obama may be cool but he is a lousy president.

  • clarespark

    Yes, the F bomb is increasingly radical chic, but the foul mouths were not born in the Obama administration. I wrote about the increasing toleration of gutter language here, starting with the 1920s and the turn toward primitivism, which is always racist. See…. "Censorship, Bohemia, and the Big Sleep."

  • tagalog

    One humorous thing I've always found interesting: white people are used to the loudmouth black thugs, who use foul language and live morally reprehensible lives. What they often don't know is that mainstream black life involves more church-going than mainstream white life, and that intact black families bring their children up to be pretty straight, non-drug-using, no garbage mouths, and live upright lives.

    But whites think differently, so they assume that it's acceptable to cuss and do gross things in front of black people. It ain't necessarily so, as that white song writer once wrote.

    • Questions

      A lot of "upright" blacks are thugs once they are in their own element. Sunday church is just for show. Revs. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and countless other black "civil rights' activists are Christian ministers, but they are lowlife demagogues when not preachin' it, brutha.

    • Ghostwriter

      I've got a question for you,Questions. How long have you been in the KKK? I wonder because your bigotry is so repulsive that I wonder why you continue to comment here.

    • Snow White

      I did volunteer work in our recently totally integrated local high school back in the 1970s and it was not unusual to hear black boys yelling "good natured" obscenities at each other between classes. Like " Hey you mother f–ler. what you doing after shool?" the answer, "Nothin much. I'm just going to f–k around." Prior to the integration of the schools, such language would have gotten a student suspended i f not expelled from school. But every time a black student was disciplined the Justice Department stepped in and recinded the punishment. The fact is, instead of integration bringing blacks up the white's level, white children adopted the black culture so that now everyone acts like low class blacks and are using the language that was once common among the lowest segment of black society. Hollywood, is just mimicing the lowest of the low in society. Most movies are saturated with the f word to the point that you can hardly understand what the characters are talking about. Hollywood now sucks. In more ways than one.

  • Questions

    We have our own rabble rousers. Jackson is an actor with an unfortunate black power complex.

  • Car

    The writer wants to make points by stressing his anti-Semitism and those Jews he points out are about as far from representative as could be. He'd be better off talking about the "language of the left" if he'd included more variety in his menagerie.

  • Iratus Vulgas

    It's well known in show biz circles that performers that have to rely on crude language often do so because they lack talent and good material.

    • tagalog

      Just look at Roseann Barr/Arnold. I first saw her as a stand-up comic before she got into the movies and on TV. She wore out pretty fast and she was one of the durable ones. Part of the reason is that she had to tone herself down for widespread exposure and she could only do it for a while.

  • MMcLaugh

    So true: "It is aimed at a generation that is still young enough to be titillated by dirty words and that gets most of its news from Facebook, Twitter, and satirical news sites like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It is designed to ridicule conservatives as uptight old fogeys like their parents, and to paint the left as youthful and hip by contrast. And what young person doesn’t want to be hip?"

    And it's why it's worked for the Dem's and the Rep's lose this demographic for the last two decades. It's so easy for Hollywood to influence American youth, who at that point in their lives want nothing more than to be 'rock stars' or the like, by offering them a make-believe world. 18-29 year-olds don't want to hear about reality and settling down, they want to be rich and famous! So what will the Rep's do to win them over? What are they offering our youth today? Do they want it?

  • Thomas Collins

    "..exposing their bizarre, immature predilection for spewing obscenities."

    And by no means limited to "celebrities", just look at the "press confere3nce" given by Nagin in NO after Kartrina. Bizarre immature, what would we expect from a party in favor of sado-masochistic homosexuality?

    • Questions

      Huh? You mean heterosexuals can't be into BDSM? Or that homosexuality is a political act? Are you some kind of thumper?

      • Thomas Collins

        Heterosexuals “into” bondage are homosexuals in training. All manners of fornication are more or less the same. You can’t tell by looking if heterosexuals are committing fornication, but that is what defines homosexuals.

        We don’t have political movements proclaiming the “right’ of heterosexuals to engage in sodomy. I have no idea what a thumper is, but if it’s someone who finds sodomy dangerous and disgusting, then I suppose so,

  • David Olds

    Ms. Sarah Silverman may be shocked to discover that many of her Islamist friends in Egypt do in fact "eat piss"!
    from Middle East Forum:
    Egyptian Clinic Treats People with Camel Urine Per Prophet's Advice.
    "Likewise, Egypt's Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, once wrote that drinking Muhammad's urine was considered "a great blessing." (!!!)
    Is it blasphemy to tell the truth about Mohammed? Did Mohammed blaspheme himself?

  • EdwiS

    Lighten up in your criticism of these people. They are show-biz, and by definition they are a handicapped group.
    Don’t you know it is unkind to mock handicapped people?

  • Sunil Bajpai

    These leftists are sick. They have no idea how they are damaging the society by fomenting ideological confusion to wean away the people from focusing on growth to feeling guilty about their wealth. We must not forget that Economics is about achieving social welfare through individual greed.

  • piperlord

    I believe the reason the Left acts the way it does is because they DO NOT want to be held accountable to anyone but themselves. Much less a Power greater than themselves. Bottom line. And, how they make themselves feel OK about what they're doing with their lives, as despicable as most of them are, is to lash out with the opposite lifestyle morals that others who try to live rightly and wholesome wouldn't think of living, much less doing, in public. Self-hatred plays a key role.

  • Loyal Achates

    So is this why there hasn't been a funny conservative comedian in 40 years?

  • johnnywoods

    The reason that these "stars" use profanity to express themselves is that they are speaking to stupid people who only understand vulgarity. Of course the "stars" are also stupid, which explains why they are Democraps.

  • Scottie

    So this is targeted to motivate Beavis and Butthead? Hea hea hea, Yeah, YEAH!