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The Day Parody Died

[ 133 ] April 20, 2017 |

So, this happened:

If you’re having trouble discerning the faces, that is, indeed, Kid Rock, Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent* standing under a portrait of some neoliberal shill.

*AC wanted to make Ted Nugent “Ted Nugget,” which seems right to me.


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  1. Lost Left Coaster says:

    Imagine if Rosie O’Donnell was visiting the White House when Obama was president and…I’m going to stop myself there, because we all know what would have happened.

    • Ronan says:

      Hmmm, I don’t know. I think Barack was commited to Michelle .

      • cpinva says:

        well, you know, we all like to a get a little “strange” once in a while. and let’s be realistic, Ms. O’Donnell definitely qualifies on the “strange” part. no doubt she’s a nice person, in person, but she’s always struck me as just a tad……….odd.

        ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, you meant sexually! never mind!

  2. I apologise in advance for being a smartass, but didn’t parody die on November 8, 2016? Given this blog’s long, proud association with dead horses, that seems a much better metaphor here.

    • kvs says:

      Parody died in 1996 when, following The Onion’s publication of a joke article, it was discovered that Bob Dole is in fact an AI Terminator robot.

    • Origami Isopod says:

      According to Tom Lehrer, it was when Henry Kissinger was given a Nobel Peace Prize.

      (Yes, I know, he said “satire,” not “parody,” but six of one, half a dozen of the other.)

      • It’s definitely at least been limping along since then.

        I wish he were still writing songs, but I can see why he hasn’t been. I remember his quote about feeling like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for humorous comments on lava.

      • NewishLawyer says:

        He also said “We have the best songs but they (the right-wing) win all the battles”

        So there is also that to kill satire and parody.

        • To be fair, he was specifically talking about the Spanish Civil War with that line, though he also said something similar about the cabaret shows in Weimar Berlin and said the pattern tends to hold overall. That does seem to be fairly true, even recently. On the other hand, the Shitgibbon Administration has been incredibly ineffective at pursuing several of its goals, in no small part due to the popular resistance against them, and I suspect that parody and satire have contributed at least a little bit to mobilising that resistance.

          • NewishLawyer says:

            Maybe. I think Trump’s absolute stupidity plus venom between bog-standard Republicans and the Bannon wing have more to do with Trump’s failures.

            If anything the protests seem to have Trump reverting to trolling mode.

            • As is often the case with politics these days, it’s both/and. Leftward pressure on Republican Congresscritters (particularly those in swing districts) from their constituents, for example, was a crucial factor in making the AHCA DOA.

              • DAS says:

                Don’t speak too soon about this. They are planning on bringing back AHCA, round II, pretty soon (next week?). The AARP has been running ads against it for some time now; I don’t know how successful those ads have been, but assuming some amount of success, I presume that wingnut Congresscritters have been hearing from their Faux News watching base that “you better vote against that backroom deal you made”. Unfortunately, the wingnut base may be ignorant enough that the wingnut Congresscritters can convince said base that their vote for the AHCA II was a vote against that the backroom, midnight deal the AARP’s been campaigning against.

                • The wingnut base weren’t the ones out protesting the AHCA Mk. I, though. I don’t expect this iteration of it to be any more successful than the first one was, because I expect our base to outnumber theirs again. It’s not as if the Wingnut Wurlitzer wasn’t lying to them about the first iteration.

                  I mean, it’s still a danger. I just consider it a relatively small one compared to some of the other dangers of the Shitgibbon Administration, especially since they’re pretty clearly trying to rush it out to meet an arbitrary deadline, just as they did with the first one. That’s a clear guarantor of a legislative shit sandwich that will be impossible to sell to the public overall.

                • randy khan says:

                  So it’s time to crank up the machine again.

            • cpinva says:

              “Maybe. I think Trump’s absolute stupidity plus venom between bog-standard Republicans and the Bannon wing have more to do with Trump’s failures.”

              I’m inclined to agree (OMG, did hell just freeze over?). if we’re really, really lucky, and extra specially good, this will continue for the rest of his (hopefully short) term in office, thus saving us from total destruction by ineptitude.

              my great fear is that, by accident, he actually hires some competent people, adroit enough to by-pass the idiots, and get stuff done. then we are for certain doomed.

              • Cheeto Caligula appears to be incapable of tolerating anyone with more gravitas, competence, expertise, or intelligence than he has, so if he by accident hires someone who actually possesses one of those qualities, I don’t expect them to last long in their position. I could be mistaken, but I suspect the incompetence of his staff is a feature, not a bug.

                • rea says:

                  Cheeto Caligula appears to be incapable of tolerating anyone with more gravitas, competence, expertise, or intelligence than he has

                  In other words, everyone.

              • efgoldman says:

                thus saving us from total destruction by ineptitude.

                That might happen anyway. Mango Malignancy has purposely left three entire layers of senior positions vacant at both Defense and State. There are no undersecretaries, deputy secretaries, service secretaries… no holdovers, no staff.
                Mattis and Drillerson are each trying to do all that work (that Jared doesn’t have time for) by themselves.
                Mattis, at least, has some knowledge and experience for the job; Drillerson is as much in over his head as the “president” is, he just knows well enough not to say completely stupid things, and not to contradict himself three times a week.

                • GeorgeBurnsWasRight says:

                  Trump’s “method” is to take as many positions as possible. Eventually one of them will likely be right and he can claim he predicted it all along.

  3. MacK says:

    So Palin and Trump displayed the level of “class” we’ve come to associate with them. Monkey do, monkey lick ass..,

    • Snarki, child of Loki says:

      I, for one, look forward to January 2021, when Pres. Trump’s portrait is mounted in a Whitehouse urinal.

      With the eternal words placed above, at eye level: “have a great day buddy”.

      (okay, okay, sexist, because the gals should be able to participate also too. But they probably should be spared the leering, even if it is ‘only’ a portrait)

  4. Trump celebrates daughter's receipt of forbidden Foreign Emoluments. Good going!— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) April 20, 2017

    @tribelaw What's the matter Lawrence Tribe, they don't teach Poe's Law at Harvard.— gocart mozart (@HarryTuttle11) April 20, 2017

  5. daves09 says:

    These are the only kind of people who will hang out with Trump.
    Meanwhile; Iwhanker will make an “official” visit to Germany next month. What’s she going to do, negotiate an end to WWII?

  6. vacuumslayer says:

    Remember when actual celebrities used to visit the White House?

    • Lost Left Coaster says:

      Oh come on now, I am certain that this Kid Rock fellow is destined for greatness! Once his career takes off, everyone will know his name.

    • kvs says:

      Yeah, you can’t even convince Tom Brady to drop by anymore.

    • JMP says:

      Remember when conservatives like to claim that Obama was harming the dignity of the White House by inviting certain celebrities to the White House, because they were “gangster rappers”, which apparently applies to every hip-hop artist no matter their work and was not obviously really just because they were black? Yet here’s three trash people without a single ounce of class or brain cell between them actually seriously damaging the honor and dignity of the White House.

      • Q.E.Dumbass says:

        FOX NEWS PRODUCER 1: Looks like Obama got one of his n***er friends to do a poetry reading at the White House. Robby — you got anything on this “Common Sense” fellow?
        INTERN: Well, there’s this song of his where he’s sympathetic to a female cop-killer…
        FOX NEWS PRODUCER 1: Not saying it’s a bad idea, but that bit’s starting to get old hat right about now; everyone went after Ice-T for that in ’92–
        FOX NEWS PRODUCER 2: Well it’s always good to return to the classics–
        FOX NEWS PRODUCER 1: –as I was saying, everyone went after Ice-T for that in ’92, and now every retiree loves his mulatto ass in Law and Order.
        INTERN: And before that there was NWA and 2Pac.
        FOX NEWS PRODUCER 2: Dr. Dre and Ice Cube practically own Black music and Black Hollywood! And that Lenin-looking n***er’s been dead for over 15 years and is still releasing new albums. I’m beginning to think this line of attack has never had staying power. What else you got?
        INTERN: Well, on his third album there’s a song on how he contemplates getting an abortion for his baby mama. He also did 2 or so songs with the Beatnuts–
        PRODUCERS: Who?
        INTERN: (*beatboxes tune to “Watch Out Now,” rapping Psycho Les’ verse that includes the line “you gettin’ jelly?”)
        PRODUCER 2: You mean “Jennie From the Block?” My wife loves that song!
        INTERN: –well anyway, the first song is about his h03$, and another one is a feat verse where he talks about whoopin’ n***as asses. Know what, never mind; my man Pete got me the original demo of “Tha B!!!! In Yoo.” You know, that song where he fuckin’ ethered Cube back when he was runnin’ with Mack 10 and WC? Well in this version instead of Rashid breaking down O’Shea’s triflin’-ass later career, the second verse goes into how much Cubes’ like a literal pimp’s hoe and–
        FOX NEWS PRODUCER 1: How do you know all this?
        INTERN: Well I, um, you know itsafunnystory…
        FOX NEWS PRODUCER 2: You’ve got some good shit, and we’ll try to fit some of your stuff into the segment– I know “Rashid” is a keeper. Then after that, YOU’RE FIRED!
        INTERN: (*meekly*)…yes sir…
        (producers mutter to themselves, “damned n***er-lover”…)

  7. Karen24 says:

    Every time I look at that picture I hear fart noises.

  8. Mike G says:

    Kid Rock, Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent

    The Trash Trifecta.

    • Judas Peckerwood says:

      For the record, it’s “Kid” “Rock”.

      • JMP says:

        The name doesn’t make any sense as even when he was young Kid Country actually fit his music and persona. He’s never rocked in his life.

        • witlesschum says:

          The AV Club once pretty accurately summed him up as the Pat Boone of the late 90s, making hip hop safe for white people who were uncomfortable at time listening to, say, Tupac by adding enough rock and country sounds and being safely white. Which sounds old fashioned now, but was still very much a thing in the 90s. Alt rock formatted radio stations, for some strange reason no one could guess at, would play hip hop from the Beasties and Eminem but no other rappers at the time. Kid Rock arrived on the scene and joined them as acceptable rappers for alt rock radio.

  9. Crusty says:

    I can’t believe I’m going to write this sentence but Kid Rock is the only one remotely dressed appropriately for a White House visit. Remember when conservatards freaked out about obama being in shirtsleeves?

    • PunditusMaximus says:

      I had the precise same response. Kid Rock is rolling that high-end Office Casual just fine while the rest look like they took a quick break at Coachella.

    • witlesschum says:

      Kid Rock, aside from his politics and music, doesn’t seem like a terrible guy. Is pretty charitable toward causes around Detroit and seems to like creating businesses in Michigan to make his branded stuff, including a brewery. Was responsible for unintentionally hilarious commercial for his grills that involved mainly shooting guns and not cooking anything. Compared to the other people in the Oval Office that day, he’s a saint.

    • Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb says:

      I’m so old, I remember a time when gentlemen didn’t wear hats inside.

  10. nemdam says:

    Am I the only one that thinks this makes the three look submissive? It makes Hillary look like she is in charge and superior to these bozos.

  11. LeeEsq says:

    I’m a little sick at looking at this.

  12. Bitter Scribe says:

    As someone tweeted, if Obama had invited three washed-up rappers to pose insultingly before a portrait of Nancy Reagan, the wingnutosphere would have exploded.

    • kvs says:

      They did explode when gay rights activists gave the finger to St. Ronny and other Republican presidents’ portraits during a visit.

      • Origami Isopod says:

        They’re whining about that on Twitter now, completely disregarding the fact that Obama’s White House issued a statement condemning the behavior.

        • CP says:

          Every time something like this happens, conservatives release a “yeaaaaah, well what about that time liiiberals did it!” And every time, a quick cursory Google search will reveal that the comparison falls flat on its ass, like this one did.

          The worst version of this lasted, like, an entire year after Trayyvon Martin’s murder, when every single incident ever of a black man killing a white one would have some conservative retweeting it or posting it on Facebook with the commentary “hey Al Sharpton, why don’t you care about this?” And every single time, I would click on the link and it would turn out, sure enough, that the black guy was either behind bars or a wanted man, when the thing that set Sharpton and everyone else off about the Martin murder wasn’t that it happened, but that the justice system didn’t give a shit and let the perp go on the spot.

          • Origami Isopod says:

            It doesn’t matter. They and their audiences don’t care about facts. They repeat things that have been debunked repeatedly over the course of decades.

            • As Colbert observed, reality has a well-known liberal bias.

              (They really don’t care about facts, though. There are psychological reasons for this, starting with the fact that people are very bad at determining whether sources they regard as authority figures are trustworthy, and also including the fact that if people think the lies benefit them, they may not even care that they’re lies; if said sources appeal to the supposed benevolence of an ideology, they can get people who trust them to do all kinds of questionable things. Furthermore, it seems that the only people that can reliably disabuse them of their beliefs in untruths are other people they regard as members of their in-group, unfortunately.)

    • Q.E.Dumbass says:

      Kurupt, Tony Yayo and, let’s say, Khia.

      And for all the shit that the wingnuts gave Obama for listening to Jay-Z, Ludacris and fucking Common, at least they’ve done noteworthy stuff this decade other than “being an obnoxious jackass.”

  13. Ted Nugent was interviewing for the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

    I’ve got no inhibitions
    So keep your keys out of your ignition
    I steal a car like I got the curse
    I can’t resist the old lady’s purse

    Jailbait you look so good to me
    Jailbait won’t you set me free
    Jailbait you look fine fine fine
    I know I’ve got to have you in a matter of time

    Well I don’t care if you’re just thirteen
    You look too good to be true
    I just know that you’re probably clean
    There’s one lil’ thing I got do to you

    Jailbait you look so good to me
    Jailbait won’t you set me free
    Jailbait you look fine fine fine
    I know I’ve got to have you in a matter of time

    So tell your mama that I’m back in town
    She likes us boys when it’s time to get down
    She’s got this craving for the underage
    I just might be your mama’s brand new rage

    Jailbait you look so good to me
    Jailbait won’t you set me free
    Jailbait you look fine fine fine
    I know I got to have you in a matter of time

    Honey you you you look so nice
    She’s young she’s tender
    Won’t you please surrender
    She’s so fine she’s mine
    All the time, all mine mine
    It’s all right baby
    It’s quite all right I asked your mama
    Wait a minute officer
    Don’t put those handcuffs on me
    Put them on her and I’ll share her with you

    Jailbait, jailbait

    • JustRuss says:

      Remind me, is that the song Rev. Huckabee was jamming to with him?

    • liberalrob says:

      “Wango Tango” and “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” are also instant classics.

    • starbuckle says:

      Yep it’s the Nuge all right, the guy who once shit his pants to get out of the draft now appearing as a guest in the White House. I suddenly feel like America is great again!

    • LFC says:

      Before looking at this thread, I had v. little idea who Ted Nugent is (though the name was vaguely familiar), but gocart mozart’s comment w/ extended quotation made me chuckle out loud.

      p.s. not that those lyrics aren’t awful, but the Poet Laureate reference was a v nice touch.

    • nixnutz says:

      Back around the time of Cat Scratch Fever the Nuge came to Boston to do a record signing and arranged to be met at the airport and accompanied to the record store by a troop of Brownies. My sister “got to” sit on Ted’s lap in the limo. She got an autographed shirtless photo of him which she always thought was gross. Of course the den mother was there with them but still, the whole idea is so ridiculously gross. The 70s were fucked-up.

      • rea says:

        Advisory – the following lyrics contain explicit language:

        Well I don’t know where they come from
        But they sure do come
        I hope they comin’ for me
        And I don’t know how they do it
        But they sure do it good
        I hope they doin’ it for free

        They give me cat scratch fever
        Cat scratch fever

        The first time that I got it
        I was just ten years old
        I got it from some kitty next door
        I went to see the Dr. and
        He gave me the cure
        I think I got it some more

        They give me cat scratch fever
        Cat scratch fever

        It’s nothin dangerous
        I feel no pain
        I’ve got to ch-ch-change
        You know you got it when you’re going insane
        It makes a grown man cryin’ cryin’
        Won’t you make my bed

        I make the pussy purr with
        The stroke of my hand
        They know they gettin’ it from me
        They know just where to go
        When they need their lovin man
        They know I do it for free

        They give me cat scratch fever
        Cat scratch fever

      • Crusty says:

        Aren’t brownies the ones that are younger than girl scouts?

    • Lost Left Coaster says:

      Spinal Tap’s “Tonight I’m going to Rock You Tonight” is an excellent parody (and a better song):





  14. M. Bouffant says:

    iNternet synchronicity! vacuumslayer:

    AC wanted to make Ted Nugent “Ted Nugget,” which seems right to me.


    Wild Bill Pecos and his scruffy, bearded sidekick, Nuggets Nugent, were characters appearing in The Westerner Comics.

  15. royko says:

    Clearly right wing celebrities being classless jackasses is the fault of liberals for not treating Trump voters with enough civility.

  16. SatanicPanic says:

    Sadly the white house is already inhabited and frequented by garbage humans, so this really is more of the same.

    ETA- IOW there are racist, trashy people in the White House. It’s a day ending in Y.

  17. N__B says:

    I can’t remember if I cried
    When I read about his divorced brides
    Something touched me deep inside
    The day parody died
    Bye, bye Miss American Pie
    Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was the last republican administration’s fuck up
    And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
    Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
    This’ll be the day that I die

  18. socraticsilence says:

    Not surprised, actually kind of relieved we don’t have pictures of some sort of stupid race-baiting minstrel show antics from these chucklefucks in front of Barack or Michelle’s portraits.

  19. Ronan says:

    What fresh hell is this ?

  20. socraticsilence says:

    A chicken hawk, a quitter and the worst musician to come out of Michigan walk into the White House…

  21. dcoffin says:

    Ted Nugent, famously, after his days as lead guitar in the Amboy Dukes, told the world that no one ever told him that “Journey to the Center of Your Mind” had drug references in it.

  22. dcoffin says:

    By the way, who do you suppose took that photo?

  23. trnc says:

    Did anyone really think Nugent stopped covering himself with shit when he left the recruiter’s office?

  24. Thirtyish says:

    AC wanted to make Ted Nugent “Ted Nugget,” which seems right to me.

    Rude. Chicken nuggets are amazing. And the song “Gold Nuggets” is, too.

  25. veleda_k says:

    You know, when I look at this picture, I see a portrait of a classy, confident looking woman towering three awkward looking idiots. So, good job, everyone involved.

  26. BiloSagdiyev says:

    Ted Nugent, still not dead or in jail like he promised.

  27. GeorgeBurnsWasRight says:

    In related news, Alex Jones told a jury today that Soros was plotting against him by making his (Jones’) marijuana too strong.

    I’m beginning to think that maybe that LSD trip I took in 1970 hasn’t ended yet.

  28. Shalimar says:

    From the picture, I initially thought Nugent was Curt Schilling. They are beginning to look very similar as Schilling ages.

  29. President Putinfluffer says:

    Preen my little Trumpanzees! PREEEN!!

  30. witlesschum says:

    Seems a little precious to get upset. I’d laugh my ass of if it was Kanye with George W’s portrait.

    And the dignity of the presidency can get fucked, sideways and poorly. The president is just a politician, not a king, a chief priest or your favorite great uncle and reverence is not ever an appropriate attitude to politicians, even when they aren’t person-shaped bags of garbage.

  31. Crusty says:

    I guess this comment has a tinge of sexism behind it, but here goes- Sarah Palin is dressed like a recently divorced New Jersey housewife whose longtime single girlfriend has invited her to go out to the bars for the first time since the ink was dry on said divorce. Her son is sleeping at dad’s tonight.

  32. Roger Ailes says:

    Screw the apology. Fifty bucks to the person photographed holdinig up an “Incest Is Best” sign to Donald’s official portrait.

  33. Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb says:

    For the gambling men and women, I’m taking bets at 3:2 that Ted Nugent challenges President Pence for the 2020 GOP nomination.

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