A lot can be learned by observing what makes people laugh. Take Sarah Silverman for example.
On Christmas Day she tweeted, “Jesus was gender fluid”. And the left responded with a hearty hardy har har. Such are the themes that pass for deep, thought provoking comedy these days. Silverman has invoked the name of Christ before in order to attract attention.
In 2005 she released her concert film Jesus is Magic. Get it. Jesus. Magic. Magic. Jesus. The way liberals think, a title like that makes the bumpkins out there in Flyoverville going to their Churches with Wal-Mart purchased Bibles in hand mad. They believe it makes them mad because it’s representative of all the cool, hip, and otherwise neato things liberals think are cool, hip and otherwise neato; Flyoverville bumpkins just can’t grasp the intellectualism behind those cool, hip, and otherwise neato things. In other words, it validates what the left already thinks and therefore, it’s smart, edgy humor. Like South Park. Or American Dad.
Critics said as much in their reviews of her film – and they’ve said as much in their analysis of her other work. “Provocative”, “smart”, “challenging taboos”, “uncomfortable”, “cutting edge”. All are among the accolades Silverman’s racked up over the years. And for what?
The New York Times calls her comedic genre “insult humor”. Left-wingers love it. It’s how, when they are among their own, a white kid can say something outrageously racist, sexist, or homophobic, and they all laugh like there’s no tomorrow while acknowledging the offensiveness of whatever was said — they laugh not in spite of but because it’s offensive. And it’s how Sarah Silverman uses Christmas Day as an opportunity to sell her brand to this audience.
Her brand largely consists of tossing rhetorical molotovs to a crowd happy to receive them. Her molotovs tend to involve race, gender, and/or Judeo-Christian beliefs. It’s about as stock and unoriginal as you can get. Hence, the jab at Christianity on Christmas Day.
The term “gender fluid” refers to “a gender identity which varies over time…a gender fluid person may at any time identify as male, female, gender neutral, or any combination of genders”. Theoretically, Stefoknee Wolscht – the 52 year-old Canadian guy that decided he was a six year-old girl who found adoptive parents willing to endure his childhood redux – is “gender fluid”.
Silverman’s tweet is supposed to be funny because it insults the complex, Biblically defined identity of Christ by portraying Jesus as “gender fluid” just like a Stefoknee Wolscht. Hilarious? Not. Instructive? Very.
Liberals like to believe theirs is the intellectualism of the future. They are thinking at the George Jetson level while the rest of humanity is still Fred Flintstone’ing through life. That’s why things like fundamental transformations are necessary. Sure, they’ll tell you that they love America and the whole of western culture. If so, why fundamentally transform them?
Transformation is defined as a “thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance”. Fundamental as “of central importance”. The end result of a fundamental transformation is something very different from what is used to be.
Take cheeseburgers for example. If someone thoroughly and dramatically swaps out the cheese with walnuts and the meat with dental floss, it’s not a cheeseburger anymore — not in form and not in appearance.
If the country and culture as it presently exists is something liberals love, why bother with a fundamental transformation?
Or is the truth that the country and culture as it presently exists isn’t something liberals love? That would explain why they want to discard it’s form and appearance and bring on the walnuts and dental floss, wouldn’t it?
And it explains why a snarky little tweet posted on Christmas Day by someone who calls herself a comedian is thought of as funny. For Sarah Silverman, it was a quick and easy way to generate attention for herself. For the left, it was just an extension of their never ending chipping away at all that’s centrally important to the form and appearance of our shared western culture.