Good evening Godless Sodomites!

This video from the Emmy Awards is hilarious.  Every time I see more of Steven Colbert I keep telling myself I need to watch his show.  Maybe if Amazing Race 10 jumps the shark this season I can switch what the one show I watch is…

There was an interesting discussion on another Catholic blog about who he’s making fun of.  Some dislike him because they think his humor is pointed at conservative religious people and “the joke is on us”.  And in some sense they are right.  However, I’m reminded of the odd discussions regarding the movie Taladega Nights and the liberals who couldn’t understand why southerners or conservatives could like this movie that was making fun of them.

What people like this is forget what the point of parody is: to exagerate.  See, life is about balance.  You can’t be all about one thing.  Parody gives to opportunity to exagerate portions of one’s life that are always in that constant battle for balance.  So I can laugh when someone calls me a bulldozer because I know there is truth in it.  But it is not a complete truth, nor does it define me.  It’s funny to think about what life would be like if we lacked that balance.

So, to take an example from this video, nobody, even somebody who believed it, would go up on stage and say “Good evening Godless Sodomites”.  It’s a parody of the truth and there is humor in it even for those, heck ESPECIALLY for those, who have leanings that direction.

2 Responses to “Good evening Godless Sodomites!”

  1. Michael Says:

    I think religious people should be made fun of. As should athiests. I think the only people that should be spared are those that keep their beliefs, whatever they may be, to themselves. Once you go public about what you believe, and especially if you try to convince others that your way is best, then you’re fair game.

    Personally, I dislike the guy who tries to get the words “under God” out of the pledge of allegiance just as much as the guy who feels they should put the ten commandments out in front of a courthouse. They are both bad in that they are taking something which should be a personal issue and making it a public spectacle. Plus I hate that religion is such a political issue when there are far, far more important things legislators should be worried about and people should base their votes on other, more concerning issues that will definitely, and directly, effect the quality of their lives much more than what the person they are voting for believes spiritually.

    But then again, I’m a different kind of Catholic than you are, Ken :)

  2. Ken Crawford Says:

    Well said Michael.