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Saturday, December 21, 2013

In defense of satire

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.” -- Mark Twain

Good satire offends people. Great satire offends large numbers of people.

When I first saw Matt Cunningham’s dead teddy bear picture, I was not offended. In fact, it had just the opposite effect on me. I chuckled.

I repeat. I chuckled.

Personally, I find the practice of turning crime and accident scenes into makeshift memorials to be gruesome and distasteful. They have nothing to do with the deceased, and everything to do with the living.

No one disputes that grieving the loss of a loved one is a part of life. But if you’re painting your goodbye message to your loved one on the street in gigantic letters, as I’ve seen done here in Orange County, a friend or a loved one needs to take the paint out of your hand and give you a hug.

And then, you need to pay for the cleanup.

A public display is open to public ridicule. Like a sidewalk covered with votive candles, there is no getting around this one. Sooner or later, someone is going to laugh at the ridiculous religious shrine in your front yard because you chose to put it in your front yard. Placing perishable food around a statue is eventually going to attract both flies and criticism, so should you be surprised when it happens?

Probably not.

There are countries in the world where these words would likely end in some form of a death sentence. Thankfully, this isn’t one of those countries. Yet.


Because we’re a multi-cultural, ethnically diverse population of resilient, thoughtful people who refuse to let our emotions get the best of us. We’re not easily offended, either.

Unless, of course, we’re listening to someone who wants us to be offended. This can include anyone on the human spectrum from Matt Cunningham himself to the likes of Gustavo Arellano, a person who appreciates satire on some level, having shared a stage with the likes of Stephen Colbert.

So, was it good for you? Or was it great?

Paul Marsden