Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jon Stewart Tells Sarah Palin What We'd All Like to Tell Her

Leave it to Jon Stewart to tell her like it is:

Speaking to a college audience in Boston, Mass. Friday, "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart used his stand-up routine to respond to Sarah Palin's comments about "pro-America" parts of the country, shedding the profanity restrictions that govern his Comedy Central show.

"She said that small towns, that's the part of the country she really likes going to because that's the pro-America part of the country. You know, I just want to say to her, just very quickly: fuck you," Stewart said to raucous applause.

"He (McCain) made an interesting vice presidential choice.
I like the woods...I just don't know if I would pull my vice president out of the woods randomly. She came out again today. She was talking to a small town, she said that small towns, that's the part of the country she really likes going to because that's the pro-America part of the country.

I've never seen someone with a greater disparity between how cute they sound when they're saying something and how terrible what they're saying is.

"Don't ya know, Obama, by golly, he just is a terrorist? What? Oh, you know, he just, gosh, kills babies, you know."

I'm so over the idea that only small-town America is the heart and soul. Small-town America is fine, but it's the same as cities. Cities are just a lot of towns piled on top of each other in one place.

They have this whole thing that somehow we can write off entire swaths of the country, that we are somehow...I get it. You know, New York City wasn't good enough for [expletive] Osama bin Laden, it better be good enough for you.

I can't take it anymore. After eight years of this divisiveness, we're back to this idea that only small-town America is the real America. I get it. I'm from New York. We have a lot of gay people. But homosexuals don't have sodomy on Russian flags.

That's pretty much what I think every time I hear someone talk about "real America" and "real Americans": Fuck you. We are all Americans, equally, regardless of our political opinions. The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves at the notion that political dissent disqualifies one as a real American, especially the notion that small town America is real America, since the founders were from the big cities of their time!

America is ABOUT freedom to dissent, always has been, that's why they made that the first amendment. If you are against that, well, you do the math.


Anonymous said...

Interesting. However, there are in fact a lower percentage real Americans in cities than rural America, so technically small towns and so on are more American.

ScienceAvenger said...

An interesting assertion. Got any facts to back it up, or is this yet another example of Republican MSU?

mangueken said...

That assertion may reflect a difference in the types of immigrants we now get which tend to not be rural / farm workers from their countries of origins. Whereas, prior to WWII, many immigrants were farmers.
Also, you have to take into account that even in third world countries the major cities have a significant percentage of people from other countries as well as a substantial number of nationals shifting from rural areas to the major cities for work and educational reasons. So an immigrant from Mexico City or Rio de Janeiro would definitely feel more at home in a major city in any country.
My final word on this is we should always be aware of this idea of "real" or "more" American. The idea of a "pure" American is surely absurd as the majority of us are pretty recent descendants of immigrants. It presupposes a vague and false idea of what an American really is. For example I'm sure there are Americans with, African, Asian or Latin physical features who have more generations in this country than some European descendants but they are, most likely, not included in the supposed audience of "real" Americans.

janis said...

>However, there are in fact a lower percentage real Americans in cities than rural America

I posted this once before and it got moderated or lost so I post it again:

Almost 3/4 of Americans live in cities. And the majority have for most of the 20th century. But after looking at ScienceDefeated's blog it's pretty evident that researching claims isn't his strong point.