Thursday, March 11, 2010

In The Navy

I concluded long ago that Bill Maher was either a complete idiot or the television equivalent of a shock jock (except he's not as talented as someone like Howard Stern).  But here's some proof that it's actually the latter...

And no, you don't need to watch the whole thing, because I certainly didn't enjoy suffering through it -- the bit about the Navy is in the first couple minutes.  Maybe he's right, and the Navy is filled with repressed homosexuals (not that there's anything wrong with that).  It's not like the Simpsons hasn't covered this...
John: Homer, what have you got against gays?

Homer: You know! It's not... usual. If there was a law, it'd be against it!

Marge: Oh Homer, please! You're embarrassing yourself.

Homer: No, I'm not, Marge! They're embarrasing me. They're embarrassing America. They turned the Navy into a floating joke. They ruined all our best names like Bruce, and Lance, and Julian. Those were the toughest names we had! Now they're just, uh...

John: Queer?

Homer: Yeah, and that's another thing! I resent you people using that word. That's our word for making fun of you! We need it!!
I'll leave it to folks in the Navy to decide if they should be offended or not.  I mean, perhaps the Navy is like the steel industry...

Yes, I'm having way too much fun when I get to reference the Simpsons twice in one post. 

Truthfully, I think Maher's little schtick about not "trying to knock the Navy or any military branch" would go over better if he opted not to generalize from the actions of one former Naval officer to allege that the Navy's filled with repressed homosexuals (again, not that there's anything wrong with that).  I could conclude from the trials and tribulations of Hollywood marriages and the rampant drug use by stars who regularly check themselves into rehab that everyone who appears on-screen in a movie is a philadering, pill-popping, asshole... but that would be unfair, even if it was accurate in many cases.  Of course, perhaps Maher agrees, although saying that might get him banned from hanging out with the celebrities of the world, and leave him stuck on MSNBC.

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