Thursday, December 10, 2009

SNL has Tiger by the Tale...

"The job of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted & afflict the comfortable."

I learned this when I was a 14-year-old Scribe, on the staff of my high school newspaper in Dallas, Tejas. I'm teaching that lesson today to my own journalistas at Our Humble High School in the DC 'Burbs.

Of course, the medium & the message have evolved over the years. Americans get their "news" from so many more places these days.

Some in the blogosphere & even in the so-called "mainstream" media have taken Saturday Night Live to task for last week's Tiger Woods skit, especially since the musical guest that nite was Rihanna, herself a victim of domestic violence.

In my English classes, I'm about to embark on a unit on Mark Twain & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain's American classic made folks uncomfortable. That's the point of satire...to upset the apple cart, to flaunt accepted conventions, to make us think.

"Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."

Twain said that about his own work, Huck. I believe that satire should be taken for what it is: humor that makes one think. And last week's SNL skit clearly falls into that category. You'll have to wait a sec or 2 while the dumb ad boots up, but after that I think you'll get a good giggle. Please let me know if you don't, OK?

30 comments:

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Many of us have become so focused on political-correctness that we can no longer watch satire without indignation.

Sad times, indeed.

Let's all just regain a sense of humor, shall we?

Vodka Logic said...

I agree with June, perhaps if it was a woman allegedly hit they wouldn 't have aired it but as a woman I wasn't offende. It was funny

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

This is hilarious! I am definitely writing about this on my tommorrow's "Things I Learned This Week" post at www.zemeks.blogspot.com with a link back here.

Emma said...

Ahh! Alas, because of some bizarro copyright issues Hulu will never allow me to access their site from Norway - says can't be shown only in US. I miss SNL.

The Blonde Duck said...

I watched that the other day! It's funny!

Vodka Mom said...

I thought it was HYSTERICAL.


truly.

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Queenie Jeannie said...

It never fails to amaze me what things people will get all up in arms about, and then those that barely make a ripple. You have to wonder!!!

Tiger is getting his due. Too bad, how sad after all the things he's done to his wife, his family and his reputation. You reap what you sow people...

Susie said...

That was soooooo funny! Sometimes, SNL really hits it:-)

Quasi Serendipita said...

That's one of my favourite quotes :)

Peggy said...

I love the Mark Twain quote - but then again, I heart Mark Twain. Too bad he isn't alive today to write commentary on society...

Off to watch the SNL video!

Sending SITS love your way!

Molly said...

I love SNL, always have, always will.

Sarah said...

i thought it was funny as hell, and no, they shouldn't be taken seriously as some people suggested. it's snl, not cnn.

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

I can't stream it here in Canada, but we did watch it when it aired on SNL - I have to say it was one of the funniest skits I've seen in many many moons.

Domestic violence of course is a big issue, but we can't help but see the humour in this one. Sorry, but it's true. I can't say I would have done anything different than his wife (allegedly) did if I found out my husband was a slime ball of the 10th degree.

I've really lost all respect for Tiger Woods - I thought he was smarter and had more class than that.

Ah well!

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Fantastic! In my newsroom, we are OBSESSED with any and all details of this story... not so much because of what happened (sadly, it happens to a LOT of couples), but because of how it all went down.

SNL hit the nail on the head... and so did your post!

~Elizabeth
http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

blueviolet said...

You can't do anything anymore without someone picking it apart.

Tracy P. said...

Hilarious! I'm glad you posted this, because I missed the whole thing.

Brian, the old man said...

I think it is funny. I hope all is well with you. I apologize, as you know with the death of my uncle and other obligations I have not been able to stop by recently. I have a very busy schedule between now and Christmas but will come by as often as I can. I hope they enjoy Huckleberry Finn, it was one of my favorite books when I was younger. Hope you enjoy this holiday season. Merry Christmas.

Flory said...

Oh, I had more than a giggle! Glad I got a chance to see this. Thanks.

kys said...

I thought it was funny. And I was glad to see them have a good skit. They have been few and far between this season.

miss jo said...

What controversy ? With all the hoopla over the skit, I was expecting something way more over the top. SNL for a long time has lost its satire.

Allyson said...

I'm just glad SNL is funny again. I'm a die-hard Church Lady fan and basically gave it all up with the introduction of the cheerleaders. So, way to go SNL. Satire is satire...it has nothing to do with the associated press. Thanks for commenting on this.

Shawn said...

Heh, heh....definitely funnier when it is a guy that is being pushed around....

Kristin said...

The same people who are offended by this are probably offended by Colbert...humor with a message.

plainolebob said...

Melisa, Mark Twain, my hero.
CONGRATS and I hope you are pleased to have been chosen.
Bob at http://plainolebob2.blogspot.com/

Lucy said...

Hilarious! I think if she is fine with it then others shouldn't worry and sometimes just look at the humor in something and not always pick everything apart.

Mrs4444 said...

Came over by way of Karen Z's blog--this is great! I think it's hilarious :)

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I can laugh at the skit, but I think if I were the victim of domestic abuse or had been the victim of a serial cheater, it might hit home too hard to be viewed as funny.

carte sd said...

It's official: Tiger Woods has been the No.1 topic of conversation since Thanksgiving weekend. Even the 'Weird Al' Yankovic of country music, Cledus T. Judd, took a stab at the incident, writing an original comedy song titled, 'Tiger by the Tail'.

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