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Comedy Central Tries to Take the Fun Out of Funny

Conservatives have been creating a little mischief over on Twitter the last couple of weeks, taking over liberal talking points and turning it to their own advantage – while injecting a splash of humor along the way.

So how does Comedy Central, the purveyor of all things funny, respond to the trend?  By authoring a decidedly unfunny piece of tripe which reads more like the work of a bitter, cross-armed, foot-stomping, pouty-faced, petulant child.

Gonzalo Cordova of Comedy Central starts with this:
Today Former White House Press Secretary Bill Burton attempted to start a hashtag game called #RomneyYachtNames. It’s so unfunny and forced, it’s exactly the kind of thing that would trend on Twitter. And it did, but not the way Bill Burton intended.
Conservatives hijacked the hashtag and soon started their own called #ObamaYachtNames. Never mind the fact that that barely makes sense. The stereotypes about Obama aren’t that he’s rich and owns yachts. That’s Romney’s thing. Obama is the elitist black liberation theology professor who eats kale with a side of dog, remember?!

What Cordova is referring to is this report from Twitchy.  You’ll see one of our tweets featured there for Romney Yacht Names.

We also offered a few efforts under the #ObamaYachtNames hashtag:

  • Barely Treading Water
  • Ayers and Sea
  • Big Stick, Little Dinghy
  • The Narcissist
Cordova then goes on to lament:

But that’s not the only conservative hashtag game that’s caught in this week. Just in the past few days, the ones I’ve seen: #MorePopularThanObamaBudget, #ObamaInHistory, #ObamaFirsts, #LowerUnderObama, #ObamaBedtimeStories, #HomophonesforObama.

If you feel like punishing yourself, just scroll down @MichelleMalkin Twitter feed. Re-tweeting the unfunniest garbage tweets she can find is apparently a hobby of hers.

Everyone in power deserves to be ridiculed. If that wasn’t true, we’d be wasting our time with this blog (instead of just wasting your time with this blog). I don’t have a problem with these hashtag games politically. I have a problem with these hashtag games comedically.

He then runs down a list of examples in which he supposedly demonstrates conservative’s lack of comedic chops – and fails miserably.  The Twitter exhibits being offered are hilarious, while Cordova’s response to them demonstrates a person who simply has the jokes flying way over his head.

There really wouldn’t be much of a problem if Cordova simply admitted that he isn’t intelligent enough to understand the jokes.  And assuredly, the conservative Twittosphere would actually welcome a counter-argument that ‘we at Comedy Central are funnier’, followed up by a fantastically funny rant.  But this comes off as a comedically unsophisticated man, singing the blues about not being able to join in any reindeer games.

Big Hollywood has fired back at Comedy Central:

Liberals clearly are dismayed by the power of Twitter and how its level playing field plays to the Right’s advantage. Unlike, say, movies … TV shows … music … universities … the media in toto … which all lean decidedly to the Left.
Rather than urge the Left to get funnier, or loosen up a bit, or even fight fire with fire, the author whines that conservatives simply won’t play nice. Plus, he doesn’t get their jokes.
Of course not. Conservatives wield humor based on the news the mainstream press won’t report. The poor blogger simply doesn’t get the references, or perhaps he finds anything mocking The One to be off limits.
Besides, the blog author couldn’t find these 15 gems?

Douglas Ernst adds:

Not too long ago conservatives sat silently in the face of a media complex that relentlessly mocked them. From music to movies, television to nightly news, conservatives were almost always on the butt-end of political jokes. The narratives that sprang up to slime the right were tough, if not nearly impossible, to stamp out. One could only watch with frustration as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, David Letterman or any number of late-night “funnymen” ripped our worldview and our heroes to shreds. Media could circle the wagons around their ideological allies and shield them from the slings and arrows of quick-witted conservatives.

Needless to say, those days are over. Recently, conservatives have come out with guns blazing, shooting down the early efforts of the Obama campaign and the mainstream media to create narratives and frame the debate. Comedy Central has taken notice, which means that many, many other liberals have as well.

Ernst is right… While some might view the conservative hashtag games as just that – games – they are something much more serious.  They are forcing the media to alter or at least cover the narrative that conservatives are dictating through Twitter.  An overstatement?  Not quite.  Over the last couple of months, the conservative Twitter battle has been highlighted in such liberal media stalwarts as the New York Times, ABC News, and now the uber-liberal Comedy Central.

While a sense of humor is sorely lacking from the Comedy Central piece, it is all too abundant on the right side of Twitter.  What better way to mock somebody pouting over conservative hashtag games, than to start a new conservative hashtag game?

#FunnierThanCordova was trending by night’s end.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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