Saturday, September 22, 2007

Weekends At The D.L.


D.L. Hughley is the man. If you don't believe me, read this excerpt from today's New York Post, an article on Page Six aptly titled He's With Imus:


AS Don Imus gets ready to go back to work, the famed radio host has the support of D.L. Hughley, who recently told AVClub.com, "I watched Don Imus . . . support Harold Ford and Barack Obama. I also watched him take politicians to task for their treatment of Katrina victims. I have a bit of context. And it would be hypocritical for me to deny somebody else the right to express themselves the way they see fit."




Hughley brings up one of the words rarely uttered last April: Context. It's a key concept in comedy, to say the least.

16 comments:

imusfan said...

I for one will be watching HBO tonight for the first time since the Sopranos finale! D.L. IS the man - although comedians have been much more likely than others to defend Imus.

laree said...

College Girl,

D.L., was on Glen Beck last night and it amazes me, that alot of the political pundits got it wrong !!! An American comedian, got it right.

From listening to D.L., I have come to the conclusion, he was wide awake and participating in his "Civic Class" when he was attending school.

The conversation btw D.L., and Glen, was about the coversation Americans are not having about race. D.L., doesn't think Americans want to have the discussion and Glen, thinks they are afraid to have the discussion.

This is where Politically Correct Speech, has taken us. Politically Correct Speech, requires Americans, to censor and filter themselves before they get to the point, where they can express themselves. Politically Correct Speech - Chills Speech.

It seems the last bastion of Free Speech in America, are our comedians, and now they are being targeted. Is it an accident this is happening in a year, that the Presidential election cycle started early? This should be filed under who can say what in America.

D.L. Hughley, walks his talk, he is what America is about.

People need to be taught OVER, that Free Speech is not always Pretty Speech, this second expectation comes from Politically Correct Speech., that sounds "Nice" but does nothing to change reality.

CollegeGirl said...

Imusfan, I totally agree. I wish I had HBO!

I also agree that out of everyone, the comedians have been the ones most likely to support Imus for having the right to tell a bad joke. (Patrice O'Neal also comes to mind.) Comedians who don't agree with this are generally hypocrites.

CollegeGirl said...

Laree, I was fortunate enough to stay in last night and catch the Glenn Beck interview. (I had to get up bright and early for the practice GRE this morning.) Anyway, I thought he was amazing - he's obviously a very smart man. And he also has a good concept of free speech. Those two had a great discussion about the topic, as well as about political correctness in America in general.

I don't remember which one said it, but someone commented during the interview that Americans still think the same things they did before the PC-ness era- it's just that now PCness has put a mute button on our rights to express our true feelings. I thought that was an interesting idea.

Comedians have always had a rough time of it - back in the day they were targeted for obscenity laws (like Lenny Bruce), and now they get targeted by the ever-so-sensitive public.

Al said...

Imus has been scouting the clubs, looking for a black comedian to work on Imus' NEW show?

Well, I think Imus found his man...

DL, Rob, McCord and the I-Man would make a nice little team...

College said...

See, I'm not so sure if DL will come on the show. Remember, he got in trouble because he called the Rutgers girls some of the ugliest women he had ever seen. If Imus had Hughley on, some oversensitive person will be going "IMUS ISNT SORY HE THINKS TEH GIRLS R UGLEY!!11" Or something like that.

That being said, Hughley would be an *amazing* guest.

Al said...

DL got in trouble TOO? geez...
Who'd he get in trouble with?

You know, I'm beginning to think that maybe Howard Stern is a VERY wise man...he knew when to bail out of the mainstream...

Stern is over there on Sirius, making an ungodly amount of money and no one basically bothers him...

College said...

Yeah, some pastors tried to boycott Hughley and staged protests outside his comedy performance in Texas. (I want to say that they urged everyone in texas to boycott him? It was ridiculous.) Anyway, it didn't hurt him a bit.

Stern was smart - I think he realized that he really couldn't be "himself" on terrestrial radio. (And that he could make an obscene amount of money there too.)

imusfan said...

Well, I'm looking forward to watching Hughley tonight - I hope that soon Imus will have an opportunity to return the favor by promoting the hell out of DL's shows, CD's, whatever... having him on the show would be even better - nothing like a smart funny guest.

I just hope I can stay awake until 11 - not being a night person...

No Rutgers game today sigh... College Girl, to answer you earlier questions I don't think Rutgers alum felt any different than anyone else about the firing. It just wasn't fair! Yes, they agreed he said a bad thing - but RU blogs overwhelmingly groaned in agony when Kia filed that lawsuit.

And after all, Imus WAS a supporter of Rutgers and they talked RU football and basketball all the time on the show. I believe he was watching the game that night because he was rooting for them.

imusfan said...

I forgot to mention - more cheerful news from Thursday's morning cable numbers (MSNBC Karma):

Morning programs P2+ (25-54)
FOX & Friends – 1,084,000 viewers (401,000)
American Morning- 412,000 viewers (133,000)
MSNBC Live (7-9am) – 174,000 viewers (50,000)
Robin & Co. – 236,000 viewers (126,000)

Al said...

Without Imus, MSNBC is a useless, unwatchable cable channel....

MSNBC needs to flip its programming, and start showing old Bugs Bunny cartoons!

Then, maybe their viewership would increase....

CollegeGirl said...

Imusfan, thanks for the Rutgers info. I had worried that there was this huge cauldron of hatred towards Imus in southern NJ. It's good to know that most people there kept a level head.

And thanks for the ratings info. I know this is bad, but it makes me feel good to see them struggle. Karma indeed.

CollegeGirl said...

Al, I think that's a fabulous idea. I used to be a big fan of those cartoons myself.

There's just one problem. I think that it would break my heart to watch Bugs Bunny being cornered by Chris Hansen, or Daffy Duck being incarcerated on "Lockup: New Mexico," or see how Petunia Pig abused Porky in one of those "My Wife Is A Killer" docs...;-)

Al said...

Funny you should mention 'Lockup New Mexico', Girl...

You realize that the NM state prison is only about 50 miles from the Imus Ranch...there are signs along the road there that say 'Do not pick up any hitch-hikers'..lol

Roadrunner and Wylie Coyote don't even go near there!

Too bad Imus can't start his own cable station...btw.

CollegeGirl said...

Al, do you think most of the hitchhikers are prison escapees or ranch escapees? ;-)

Just kidding. Though a friend of mine once drove past a hitchhiker in rural Texas, only to come across a sign a mile later that read "Penitentary Nearby - Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers."

Al said...

From what I've read and heard about some of the Imus Ranch employees(like some of the crazy cooks, for example), could be some of the escapees could be cooks running from the I-Man!...