Non-news of the Day: Don Rickles is still Don Rickles [Darleen Click]
HuffPo clutches pearls and breathlessly shrieks Don Rickles Tells Obama Racial Joke At AFI’s Shirley MacLaine Tribute
Like many comedians of his generation, Rickles’ act has long included racial humor that would be considered unacceptable to today’s audiences. But as race relations evolved, it became rarer and rarer for comedians like Rickles to include such jokes in their act.
Rickles has been doing his “no one is safe from being mocked” schtick for 60 years. Why has he become such an enduring (and endearing) legend? Because he mocks himself and his own minority status with as much enthusiasm as everyone else. Rickles act is one based on demonstrating the absurdity of stereotypes. He is much loved, too, as a decent, loving and, above all, humble man.
But Leftist domination of media has conditioned people to only accept “comedy” that arises from arrogant ridicule of enemies of the ideology. Leftist comedians don’t self-deprecate and their mocking of conservatives is saturated with actual loathing. If Rickles had been making “Sarah Palin is a cunt” jokes accompanied by praising himself as being the Best Person in the House for saying it, the Left would be on its feet applauding him.
Rickles roasting Sammy Davis, Jr.
Rickles at Reagan’s Second Inaugural, no less
Compilation (uneven audio) of Rickles’ appearances on Dean Martin Roasts:
Among everything else, the Left is turning this country into a nation of prisses.