You just can’t because the times have changed. I mean just looking specifically at the African-American situation. I mean, hello, Barack obama has gotten twice the number of contributors of anybody else in the race. I mean, you know, things have changed. Some of the kind of humor you used to do you just can’t do anymore. So that’s just the way it is.
I think there’s something else going on here, also linked to this Kathleen Parker/female soldiers thing, that plays into the Republicans’ Victimized White Male base and the narratives that appeal to such a base.
People like this really do feel put-upon that they can’t give in to their basest instincts. They really feel like they’ve been somehow reduced because they’re not allowed to reduce others. What Fineman is basically saying is that left to his own devices, he’d be happy to mock black women for being black and being women. Left to his own devices, he’d be happy to use snotty code language to put other human beings in their places. Left to his own devices, he’d be a total fucking ignorant jackoff. And it’s outside pressure that is keeping him from being so.
Some of the kind of humor you used to do you just can’t do anymore.
It’s an imposition, to not be a racist asshole. And it’s hard on these guys, isn’t it? It’s so rough that they can no longer mock the women and the minorities and, I don’t know, I guess you’d throw retard jokes in there, too, because they all seem to be about 12 years old. I don’t know how any of them manage to feed and dress themselves with all that’s been taken away from them.
Times have changed. We have to refrain from scorning people because of their race and gender and presumed sexual history. We have to “allow” women to serve alongside men even though it pisses men off. We have to be nice to “them.” If only we lived back in the good old days. Had Fineman been around back then, no doubt, he’d be much more comfortable, freed of the burden to control himself so strictly.
Free to be the asshole he apparently wants to be.