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The Daily Show: July 15, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 16th 2008 1:42PM
Pierce BrosnanAmerica's terrorist watch list just hit the 1,000,000 mark. Yay! Sort of. Not really. Jon pointed out that Nelson Mandela was only recently removed from the watch list. He said it in a way like Mandela had no business being on the watch list on the first place, which I thought was a bit unfair. Sure, striking Mandela from the list was a move that probably should have happened over twenty years ago and his motivation was anti-apartheid, but once a guy has been the leader of a sabotage against his own government and military, that kind of makes the big boys of other countries nervous about having him around too. I'm just saying.

Ah, yes, I was waiting for this. The media's response to the latest New Yorker cover has been hilariously overblown. As usual, The Daily Show handled this beautifully by sitting back for the most part and just letting the news clips do the talking, cutting in only to shout "Volf Blitzah!" and explain what the Obama campaign should have said instead of being offended: "Barack Obama is in no way upset about the cartoon that depicts him as a Muslim extremist, because you know who gets upset about cartoons? Muslim extremists, of which Barack Obama is not. It's just a f*cking cartoon!" Honestly, the real horror of that New Yorker cover is the weak color palette and lack of line variation. I mean, really. Am I right, or am I right?

The investigate the situation even deeper, big news network-style, TDS sent their boys on the street. Wyatt Cenac, Rob Riggle, and John Oliver attempted to explain satire to everyday folks with mixed results. In the end, they proved that jokes are always funnier when you completely break them down and explain each and every little bit with excruciating detail. That redhead towards the end was fantastic.

John Oliver: Do you not find that offensive? [shows cartoon]
Redhead: It's America, throwing off England.
John Oliver: Where does this end?!
Redhead: ... The American Revolution? I guess?

And I must agree: I've never noticed the New Yorker at any NYC newstand, but I know that the booty-full Vibe is always around if I need it.

The night's guest was Pierce Brosnan, one of the many stars of Mamma Mia! the movie. Hmm... Does Jon Stewart have a bit of a mancrush on the greying Bond? Just look at the picture I used for this post. That is a direct screengrab, folks. I bet fanboy Jon specifically demanded an icon-like halo strategically placed on the massive screen behind Brosnan. I must say, he looked better in this interview than his previous one, in which he was sporting a Dr. Orpheus sort of look, but not really in a good way.

The only discussion about the film itself was the supreme girliness of it all, which is kind of a given. It's called Mamma Mia! for crying out loud (literally, for crying out loud).

Moment of Zen: Fox News looks for subliminal messages, Highlights style.

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Annie! If the linework were more varied and a stronger colour pallette used, then the characitures (sp?) would stop being funny and just look creepy (uncanny valley effect.) Do you see it now?

July 17 2008 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i REALLY hope your comment about mandela's actions in the 60s was meant as a joke - a really, really horrible joke. i would hardly call the violent and racist SA regime mandela's own government. this was a small afrikaans minority holding the blacks of south africa under their thumbs for decades with savage and brutal practices - not just physically but also socially and economically. many nations, including the US, turned a blind eye for far too long.

think of the racist jim crow laws here in the US, then multiply that by 100. beatings, murders, illegal imprisonment, economic castration, etc kept the blacks under virtual slavery and in impoverished conditions until people like mandela started to fight back. and even then it took decades for real change to occur.

mandela always preferred nonviolent protest to violence, but under the conditions they suffered through there was no choice given to them.

i'm just sayin.

July 16 2008 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The series of clips showing the media reporting spurious stories was funny, but really sad in a way. What kind of country is there where The Daily Show has more integrity than the media giants?

July 16 2008 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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