Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Hate Is Easy, Humor Is Hard
Went to a Halloween party last weekend dressed as Trump. It was a joke. Obvious, I thought. But some guy there apparently mistook me for a real Trump supporter and thus felt free to show me a photo on his phone. Out of nowhere. Just, here, look at this! I had met the man briefly one time awhile ago, but I don't know him at all, don't even know his name. I'd like to keep it that way.
This is the sort of defacing 3rd-graders do with library books. Yet this was an adult of my age. He was obviously proud of his juvenile magic-marker work and happy to show it to a complete stranger like me. Thanks for sharing, douchebag!
The episode served to remind me that when it comes to using ugly, hateful imagery, conservatives top liberals by a wide margin. Yes, both sides do it -- hell, I've done it myself -- but the bulk of it, the sheer quantity, is clearly with the conservatives.
Why is that? I'm not sure, but the answer may have something to do with why there are so few conservative comedians. Hate is easy, humor is hard.