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Mar 11 2013

Glenn Beck Gets All Melodramatic

We’re used to seeing over the top displays of hyper-emotional melodrama from Glenn Beck, but this display takes it to a whole new level. He ends up on his knees trying to revive a bleeding American flag. Seriously. This is funny shit. Performance art for morons.

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  1. 1
    Didaktylos

    Can he be charged with a crime against the flag?

  2. 2
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    “Glenn Beck Gets All Melodramatic ” – seriously? THIS is your headline? When has Beck ever NOT been melodramatic?

    You need to come up with a word that conveys melodrama more melodramatic than melodramatic.

  3. 3
    matty1

    I couldn’t bring myself to watch the whole thing but flicking through it I caught “That’s what America’s doing right now, she’s gurgling”. How could anyone keep a straight face reciting that line?

  4. 4
    dingojack

    Glenn Beck Gets All Melodramatic
    “…. and in unrelated news, water discovered to be wet. Film at eleven!”
    @@
    Dingo

  5. 5
    richardelguru

    @Gvlgeologist
    Shakespeare, as always, has the answer “It out-Herods Herod, avoid it” (Herod being a famous character for munching on the scenery).

  6. 6
    Paulino

    all that to “Get your kids out of the schools”? really?!

  7. 7
    blf

    Can he be charged with a crime against the flag?

    Embarrassing an innocent piece of cloth?

  8. 8
    unbound

    I was thinking along the lines of #2 as well, but more along the lines that the title needs to be more specific. Glenn Beck is always melodramatic, so the title really doesn’t mean anything.

  9. 9
    anubisprime

    How does this clown actually go down in the viewer analysis?

    I cannot really think that folk are so mind dead as to think this is an excellent portrayal of the situation?

    The unemployment figures are not really gurgling…in fact they are getting healthier apparently…I am sure that is inconvenient to the right wing morons like Beck.
    It does not really give the illusion of impending apocalypse.

    As for Beck what a clown…really seriously disturbed is that cretin…what a thoroughly embarrassing performance, almost as delusional and abstract as Clint and his chair!

  10. 10
    Francisco Bacopa

    almost as delusional and abstract as Clint and his chair!

    I would say it’s much more delusional because Beck really believes this. I still think Eastwood’s convention speech was a type of guerrilla theater.

  11. 11
    blf

    Eastwood’s convention speech was a type of guerrilla theater.

    Well, it was done in a what seemed like a zoo with the inmates in control and the keepers no-where to be found.

  12. 12
    baal

    I enjoyed Herman Cain’s performance art. Beck’s is dull.

    Also after having a deep personal and emotional moment with the flag on the floor (desecration?), he just, woosh, jauntily flings it up on a bench? This (beck) true patriot’s respect for the flag is abyssal. Why does Glen beck hate America?

  13. 13
    Sastra

    I’m not sure what specifically set off Beck’s rant, but it appears to be something having to do with a “collective” removing the rights of the individual. This is rich, since conservatism (and Mormonism) are usually framed in terms of the social morality of the God-fearing community trumping the dissent of the individual heretic. Beck wants a theocracy, for crying out loud. His “individual” is the collective will of the mob of ordinary folks just a-followin’ their Lord Jesus.

    Fail on multiple levels — though this little scene gives us insight into the embarrassing little drama playing out in his head.

    America is gurgling with laughter, Glen. Get up.

  14. 14
    zoboz

    He’s not melodramatic, he’s megaladramatic – melodrama put to the service of his delusions of greatness.

  15. 15
    sylwyn

    The thought of watching this clip honestly scared me. I therefore had to watch it. It wasn’t as excruciatingly, viscerally painful as I feared. Still pathetic, but I’m o.k.

    I have no clue about television studios, but do they normally have cameras that can do that grandiose sweep/zoom/pan (whatever the proper term is for raising the camera to the ceiling) as he presses the flag into the stage floor or did they have to bring that in for this talk?

  16. 16
    theschwa

    I liked his “fly to a flame” metaphor. Moths are tired, flies are the new moths!!

  17. 17
    cry4turtles

    I think it’s an act, just like Bill O.

  18. 18
    Ed Brayton

    zoboz wrote:

    He’s not melodramatic, he’s megaladramatic – melodrama put to the service of his delusions of greatness.

    I’ve never heard that term before, but I love it. Brilliant.

  19. 19
    Rip Steakface

    I don’t think even Tim Curry or Shatner could sell this kind of scene.

  20. 20
    suttkus

    To the question about whether he could be arrested for abusing the flag, no. While the video does show flagrant disregard for the US Flag Code, US law regarding flags doesn’t have any punitive elements. That is to say, Beck deliberately soiling the flag and leaving it on the floor is illegal, but it is a crime without punishment.

    You might imagine that Beck’s fans would be upset, but then anyone who respects the flag code could hardly survive in right wing circles to begin with. Things outlawed by the flag code, but done all the time include:

    * The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.

    * The flag should not be displayed on any disposable items (such as paper napkins).

    * The flag should not be used in any advertising.

    * The flag should not be used as an element of any costume or uniform except explicitly for certain patriotic offices (military, fireman, police officers, etc.)

    * Only members of the military are permitted to use the military salute to the flag.

  21. 21
    dan4

    @20: “…US law regarding flags doesn’t have any punitive elements.”

    Sounds like you’re talking more about a “guideline” than a “law.” A law, almost by definition, has to have “punitive elements.”

  22. 22
    Ichthyic

    I’m not sure what specifically set off Beck’s rant

    I am.

    the people who prop up his career are desperate to destroy education in America, and feel like their opportunity to do so is slipping away.

    They’ve paid Beck to literally pull out all the stops, and this is the result.

  23. 23
    bad Jim

    If you get a flag dirty, you’re supposed to wash it. In most cases, given the materials involved, washing by hand in warm water is recommended. In effect, you ought to treat a flag like a nice piece of clothing.

    It pained me to see the super-patriots fly flags from their cars after 9-11 and literally whip them to shreds, about as much as it amused me to see the flag printed on the plastic grocery bags I used to line waste baskets. For a while, America had the most patriotic garbage in the world. I can remember when American flag rolling papers were considered scandalous.

  24. 24
    Don Williams

    This clip reminds me that junkies will do anything — and say anything — to get their fix.

    A crack prostitute giving a blow job in a dirty alley has more dignity than Glenn Beck. At
    least the crack whore isn’t stabbing the county in the back with deceit.

  25. 25
    slc1

    Re Don Williams @ #24

    How else could talentless fucktards like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh become multimillionaires? Is this a great country or what.

  26. 26
    Ichthyic

    I’m more on the “what” side myself.

    but then, I DID leave so…

  27. 27
    democommie

    “You need to come up with a word that conveys melodrama more melodramatic than melodramatic.”

    “He’s not melodramatic, he’s megaladramatic – melodrama put to the service of his delusions of greatness.”

    I think maybe “melanomadramatic” (hiis schtick is skin deep) or maybe, “metastadramatic”, he’s a fucking cancer.

  28. 28
    suttkus

    @21 “Sounds like you’re talking more about a “guideline” than a “law.” A law, almost by definition, has to have “punitive elements.””

    The US Flag Code is part of Title 4 of the United States Code, which includes all 200,000 (currently) pages of US “general and permanent” federal law. While that one section doesn’t, by design, include criminal penalties, the code as a whole does. Check out Title 18 of the code, “Crimes and Criminal Procedures” for stuff far more likely to get you arrested. It includes thinks like the RICO act, which can certainly result in serious punishments.

    The US Flag Code is, absolutely, the law in the United States. People who us napkins with flags on them are breaking the actual law. Just a law without penalties. You can call that a guideline if you like, but “guideline” isn’t a legally defined term. What it is is a law.

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