. . . and says, "Ow. That hurts!" AH HA HA HA HA. Ahem.
Yay! A letter to the editor in today's News and Observer
about the comics. I love these things! In fact, I read the letters column only because I like it when people complain about the comics, and I don't want to miss one. Here we go:Unsuitable comicsI am very unhappy with some of the "comics" you have published lately. The Jan. 10 "Non Sequitur" strip was, I felt, sacrilegious and very offensive. The "Boondocks" strip addressed gay marriage. Neither of these "comic" strips are suitable for the Comics page. I hope you will move these strips to an adult part of the paper or, I hope, remove them completely. Please use a little better judgment on what you print.
--- Mrs. R.H. ProbertOk, first of all, the N&O isn't so proper that it only uses last names and salutations (for example, the letter directly above Mrs. Probert's letter was signed by a Cyrus King). My guess is that Mrs. Probert is the ultra-proper one. Good on, ya, Mrs. Probert! Things are becoming all too casual in this day and age, don't you think?
I like her first sentence. I could also write a letter to the N&O that starts the exact same way: "I am very unhappy with some of the "comics" you have published lately." I like how she puts "comics" in quotes. Oh, Mrs. Probert, I agree. They are not funny, and never do they make me laugh. When was the last time that Family Circus, or Hagar the Horrible, or Dennis the Menace
even remotely tickled your funny bone? I hear ya!
Oh, wait. She's not complaining about Family Circus, or Hagar the Horrible, or Dennis the Menace.
Oh. She's complaining about the Boondocks
and Non Sequitur,
two of my favorites -- two that are most often comical.
Have you been following the Boondocks
? First Granddad went to see Brokeback Mountain
, thinking it was a standard cowboy flick. Aghast at the gay cowboys, he's been back home trying to talk to the boys about gay marriage. Granddad is REALLY against gay marriage and finds it very difficult to talk to the boys about it. It's been pretty funny. And, it's not like Granddad is portrayed as some sort of raving homophobic lunatic. He's just a sympathetic older guy -- someone very uncomfortable with the topic, but realizing it's something he should probably discuss with his children. It's funny precisely because it deals with the unease we all feel when discussing things we feel very uncomfortable about. It's the same joke, pretty much, as Hi and Lois trying to tell Chip about the birds and the bees. But, it's funnier.
So, Mrs. Probert thinks the 1/10 Non Sequitur was "sacrilegious and very offensive." Was it? Let's check:
Oh my God (while we're being sacrilegious). This is what offended her??? Gay marriage, I can see. But this??? This is nothing more than a "St. Peter at the Holy Gates" joke. This joke set up is as old as "a priest, a rabbi, and a minister" in a lifeboat, or "knock knock," or laywer jokes, or 2 guys stuck on a deserted island. I just Googled "St. Peter jokes" and got over 2 MILLION
What do you suppose Mrs. Probert finds so offensive? The comic (*@!!!!!) cursing? Calling St. Peter an "activist judge?" I am 100% baffled. I absolutely understand someone being uncomfortable with the gay marriage comic. In fact, that's even the premise of the joke in the strip -- people are uncomfortable with it. How in the world can you be offended by a "St. Peter at the Holy Gates" joke?? How can you not have heard one of these or seen one of these before? Mrs. Probert, where do you live? And how are you so isolated?