Wednesday, May 16, 2007

You Have To Believe Them; They're Magic

I finally got around to watching the latest episode of Penn & Teller's BULLSHIT last night and it ended with this clip from their Las Vegas show.

With all the talk in support of and against Rev. Jerry Falwell that is racing around every branch of the media today, this Penn & Teller trick hits home with me.

Because even though I believe that most of what Rev. Falwell said was repulsive, and even though what I say, as well as what I am, is repulsive to some people, we still live in a nation that allows us - - all of us - - to say whatever we want, whenever we want.

Even today. Even in the Dark Ages of George W. Bush. Even under the "Big Brother" eye of The Patriot Act. We can all say anything we want. We can criticize and discuss and rant and rage and praise and cheer. We can say anything.

Even the word "faggot."

Even the words "nappy headed ho."

Anything.

Watch this. It helped me remember that.



P.S. Don'tcha love my XANADU reference with the title of this post?

Who else can discuss Freedom of Speech, the death of a religious zealot, a Las Vegas club act and offensive language and make it all fit under an Olivia Newton-John song title?

Who, I ask you? WHO?!?

10 comments:

psycho-therapist said...

good god! i wanted to throw up watching that piece of crap. thank goodness for xanadu references and olivia newton john. now, that's america!

Stephen Rader said...

psyco-therapist - That's what I love about America - - everyone has a different opinion and we all get to express them.

You know, opinions are sort of like penises - - they're all different.

Add "penises" to my list of topics discussed under the title of an Olivia Newton-John song. WOOHOO!!!

Aaron said...

My birthday hit was "This Guy's In Love With You" by Herb Alpert. It really should have been "Helter Skelter" or something, but apparently, God opted for easy listening. You and I were both born under Burt Bacharach songs, it seems. (Course in those days you could throw a stone without hitting one!)

Stephen Rader said...

Aaron - I love that we're both "Born on Bacharach." I told you we were separated at birth!

If the two of us ever decide to put together our own gay male version of that powerhouse singing duo, "Steve and Edie," I think that "BORN ON BACHARACH" has GOT to be the title of our first album. Don't you?

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

BULLSHIT is such an excelent show! I don't know how long the connection will last, just wanted to say hi and that I miss you.

Stephen Rader said...

Whim - Hello! I miss you too! If you get lost without wireless, call my cell anytime. I need my Whim on a regular basis!

Hope all is well.

Aaron said...

Stephen--I'll get writing. I'm sure Handbag can find us some trippy costumes. ;-)

Stephen Rader said...

Aaron - Why do I have the feeling that we'll both be dressed as Dionne Warwick? :)

Aaron said...

No, those all belong to David, and he's using them for "Die Mommie Die." :-)

Stephen Rader said...

Aaron - David took ALL the Dionne Warwick costumes? I guess we're stuck wearing the "Electra Woman & Dyna Girl" outfits. Do they come with ElectraComs?