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Another “Who Do I Root For Here?” Situation

I’ve made no secret of my loathing of Pam Geller, who makes Ann Coulter look sane and rational by comparison. But her latest column leaves me in something of a conundrum. As much as I despise her and her vile political views, I don’t know that I can root against her if she’s tangling with Russell Brand, who is about as painfully unfunny to me as Dane Cook.

Early this week I got a request from Charles Davis, Russell Brand’s booker for his new show (and soon to be old show), “Brand X.” It surprised me, because clearly, this is not my usual milieu. And while I knew that it would be snarky and stupid, I was also keenly aware that this young, impressionable and brainwashed audience never gets an opportunity to hear from First Amendment activists, counter-jihadists, former Muslims, etc. And so I seized upon it. They never ever hear from the reasoned and the rational. I was prepared for a snake pit. I was prepared for a circus. But I wasn’t prepared for the pure evil that I was confronted with.

Okay, that’s probably going a bit far. Russell Brand is annoying and vapid and devoid of anything approaching a sense of humor. But evil? I reserve that kind of word for only the worst human beings, like Pol Pot. Or Pat Robertson. Or Celine Dion.

Comments

  1. says

    They never ever hear from the reasoned and the rational.

    Pam Geller has a bright future on the stand-up circuit with gems like that.

    What’s that? She’s not cracking a joke?

    Oh.

  2. says

    The few times I’ve endured Russell Brand’s “humor” it was not by choice. He was attempting to be funny; he failed. OTOH, Pamajamadingdong is attempting to be sane and logical with much the same result.

  3. Rodney Nelson says

    Or Celine Dion.

    I wouldn’t call Ms. Dion evil. She’s execrable, atrocious and repugnant, but she isn’t good enough to descend to evil.

  4. zmidponk says

    When Russell Brand really, really, really stretches himself to the absolute limits of his comic potential, he occasionally is mildly amusing. However, if Geller agreed to go on Brand’s show and was surprised at the way it was done and the reception she received, or, really, anything that happened there, frankly, she failed to even do a cursory check of what to expect.

    In the full column, Geller does criticise Brand for not letting her answer after a rant by some guy in the audience waving a sign, and that is an accurate criticism, going by the youtube video of it, but the column also further cements Geller’s reputation as being an utterly paranoid bigot:

    And then two minutes into the segment, as if on cue, and he was on cue, a Muslim stood up with a giant sign – “PAMELA’S RACISM,” and he was screaming, “Pamela’s racism kills children.” I can’t recall if the giant sign had the children libel on it as well. It was an obvious setup. It was not a sign written with a marker. It was a huge sign, professionally done. And Brand goes into the audience and brings the guy (and his sign) up to the stage and sits him in Brand’s seat at his desk with the giant sign. He lets this extremist Muslim go off on a disgusting rant, screaming about how I’m a racist hater, blah blah blah, and a criminal troll.

    Pam, dear, your racism is showing. Just because the guy’s a bit dark-skinned and has a beard does NOT mean he’s a Muslim. Even if he was, him holding up a sign and calling you a racist does not make him an extremist one. (Incidentally, just because the sign was not written in marker pen does not mean this was a set-up – it is fairly easy to get a printed sign made these days.)

    She then finishes this little segment with this:

    I half expected him to pull out a knife and try to behead me.

    So, in Pam’s head, anyone who looks a bit Muslimy and disagrees with her is probably going to pull out a knife and try to behead her.

  5. zmidponk says

    Just because the guy’s a bit dark-skinned and has a beard does NOT mean he’s a Muslim.

    Actually, looking a bit closer, what I thought was a beard was just down to the low res of the youtube clip. So, from what I can see, Pam thought he was a Muslim purely down to him being a bit dark-skinned.

  6. says

    …that this young, impressionable and brainwashed audience never gets an opportunity to hear from First Amendment activists…”

    Did she bring a 1st Amendment activist with her?

  7. says

    Or Celine Dion.

    I wouldn’t call Ms. Dion evil. She’s execrable, atrocious and repugnant, but she isn’t good enough to descend to evil.

    What has she done that calls for this? What? You don’t like her voice/her music/her popularity, so clearly she deserves to be excoriated? I just don’t get why people think it’s funny to be nasty to someone for no reason.

  8. dingojack says

    Ibis3 – “My Heart Will Go Ooooooooonnnnnnnnnnn!!!”
    Does one need any more reason?
    Dingo
    —–
    PS: Wait ’till you feel the wrath for those that bugger-up blockquotes. ;)

  9. julian says

    So, in Pam’s head, anyone who looks a bit Muslimy and disagrees with her is probably going to pull out a knife and try to behead her.

    Shame on her for being freaked that someone who thinks she’s an irredeemably bigoted human being and is yelling at her from only a few feet away might be dangerous.

  10. laurentweppe says

    Just because the guy’s a bit dark-skinned and has a beard does NOT mean he’s a Muslim.

    You’re getting it backward: for the likes of Geller, “Muslim” is a code word for Dark Skinne. Also “Western Civilization” is a code word for “White People ruling the world and fucking like Targaryens”

  11. says

    And, whenever she leaves Canada, hobos stop disappearing.
    Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Celine Dion is responsible for Canada’s stunningly high hobo murder rate. I’m just asking questions, that’s all.

  12. zmidponk says

    julian #9:

    Shame on her for being freaked that someone who thinks she’s an irredeemably bigoted human being and is yelling at her from only a few feet away might be dangerous.

    Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit – she jumped to the conclusion that because someone’s dark-skinned, he’s a Muslim, and that, because he’s Muslim, he’s dangerous.

    And you actually got that wrong – he wasn’t yelling at her from a few feet away – he was yelling at her when he was in the audience, but, when brought over beside her, actually calmed down and talked quite calmly, if somewhat intensely, about what he was yelling about.

  13. says

    If Pam Gellar WERE beheaded would her body continue to twitch, like other beheaded snakes, until sundown*? Or would she just run around the yard, like a headless chicken, doing more sensible things than she did when her brainstem was still intact?

    * Drat! This says it’s bunkum!!

  14. janiceintoronto says

    MS. Dion is simply Canada’s revenge on the U.S.

    If she was truly evil, she would have applied for U.S. citizenship.

    At least she’s polite…

  15. andrewjohnston says

    @Ibis3: I believe Ed was employing the arcane formula known as the “Rule of Threes,” wherein the third item in a list is wholly unlike the two before it, thus generating that mysterious force known as “humor.”

    In other words, it’s a gag. People mock Celine Dion because she’s imminently mockable.

  16. andrewjohnston says

    @zmidponk: Actually, there’s a concept among “anti-Jihad” bloggers that they call the “stealth Muslim,” meaning that the nice Caucasian Southern Baptist who disagrees with you is probably one of them. I’m not sure if Geller’s ever played that trump, but Schlussel does.

  17. davem says

    Russell Brand has crossed the pond? Maybe he was in search of an audience that might laugh at his jokes. Since you guys actually laughed at the talentless Ricky Gervais, I guess he thought that it might work… Like Ricky, he is his own biggest fan.

  18. brianwestley says

    Nonstampcollector linked to a video with this great line: “You might ask whether I mean ‘Ha-Ha’ funny or Dane Cook funny.”

  19. revjimbob says

    I think she has every reason to be upset about the show. I wouldn’t be happy if some exited angry stranger shouting at me, instead of being escorted away by security, was invited to sit down beside me and given a platform and a microphone to rant at me.
    I don’t think she is unreasonable to feel unsafe in these circumstances.
    Incidentally – Brand can be a tosser, but he is nowhere near as bad as Dane Fucking Cook.

  20. dan4 says

    @21: “…instead of being escorted away by security…”

    Geller says that it was “an obvious setup,” so, if she was right about that, the guy obviously wouldn’t be “escorted away by security.”

  21. kemist, Dark Lord of the Sith says

    Ibis3 – “My Heart Will Go Ooooooooonnnnnnnnnnn!!!”
    Does one need any more reason?
    Dingo

    At least you don’t get to hear her sing in french.

    We do.

    Consider yourselves very lucky.

  22. John Phillips, FCD says

    Dear US,

    please keep Russell Brand, preferably forever.

    yours sincerely and in gratitude,

    the UK.

  23. dingojack says

    Yep and the US exported Jim Carey and Adam Sandler*.
    Is there section in the Geneva Convention about so-called ‘comics’**?
    Dingo
    —–
    * Together these two just about make Brand hilarious by comparison.
    ** On the other hand Australia has given the world… hmmm maybe ‘comic crimes against humanity’ isn’t such a good idea after all. :)

  24. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

    According to Wikipedia, Mr. Brand has a rather sordid past, being a former heroin addict, an alcoholic, a sex addict, and has been arrested 12 times, mainly for assault. Not a very nice man to say the least. – slc1

    True – but at least he’s not an advocate of genocide.

  25. slc1 says

    Re dingojack @ #26

    Ah, but Australia has very kindly contributed Ken Ham to the US. Not something to be proud of.

    Re Nick Gotts @ #27

    Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

  26. eamick says

    Yep and the US exported Jim Carey and Adam Sandler*.

    Jim Carrey was born in Canada. We do have to take the rap for Adam Sandler, though.

  27. Blondin says

    Slightly off topic but, I ventured into a Wal-Mart yesterday (something I rarely do) to pick up a hardware item and I saw “Justin Bieber Duct Tape”. Google it if you think I’m lying. Maybe I’m just an out-of-touch old fart but I can’t for the life me figure out who would want such a thing and for what purpose.

  28. coryat says

    I don’t know how aware the US is about Mr Brand; do you all know about the Sachs affair? He and Jonathan Ross took it upon themselves to phone the guy who played Manuel in faulty towers and brag about having sex with his grandaughter. And then release that on national radio. Link with transcript:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7694989.stm

    Brand is a vile misogynist in my book, and yet we included him in the Olympics closing ceremony. Argh.

  29. slc1 says

    Re dingojack @ #35

    Well, I kind of liked Tie Me Kangaroo Down and The Court of King Caractacus.

  30. dingojack says

    He does a mean cover of Stairway to Heaven.
    Dingo
    —–
    PS: Covers of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was a running gag on the Australian TV show ‘The Money or the Gun’. There are plenty more, look ‘em on YouTube.

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