2008-06-23

Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits

"By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. " -George Carlin


To everybody wishing George Carlin "rest in peace": go fuck yourself. Just today the BBC reported a new Pew poll which showed 92% of Americans still believe in the imaginary man in the sky Carlin made a career of mocking. Is it selective memory to forget how passionately he skewered your entire false belief system? "Religion is just mind control," he said. How can religious people listen to Carlin without feeling the slightest pang of truth to what he's saying? 75% of people in this enlightened age still believe in angels, "why not goblins?" Carlin asks. Before there was the Pastafarianism that gets religious people today so riled up, Carlin declared his Frisbeetarianism, where his soul just kind of sits on a roof after death. So since Carlin can't be here to say,"shove your 'rest-in-peace' up your ass", I will. Sorry if you mean well, but you just don't get it. Like the news organizations that are repeating to death his "Seven Dirty Words" bit without showing the least bit of understanding of what it was about. It wasn't just about the dirty words, it was how people use language and the constructs of society and religion to control people while shielding themselves from the knowledge of how fucked up their actions are. He once said his job was "thinking up goofy shit," and some people may wish to focus on the goofier side of his observations (who has ever contemplated the fart as thoughtfully as Carlin?), but more than anything he was trying to wake people up and shake the bullshit of religion and societal rules off of them and get them to not only see that the bullshit stunk, but that they were responsible for the sisyphean task of piling it non-stop on each other's heads. In an age when it seems the goal of every comedy act is to move on to sitcoms and movies, that was clearly never his intention. Sure, he did side work for things like Thomas the Tank Engine, but his own comedy was never designed for the big or small screen. Those formats just wouldn't have allowed him to do what he did best: base his laughs on the deep uncomfortable truths that are too common in this fucked-up world. So go ahead and wish that Carlin rests in peace. And then go fuck yourself.

"I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. " -George Carlin








Hilarious and relevant Carlin appearance on MadTV - "Touched By An Atheist":

















"Standing ovations have become far too commonplace. What we need are ovations where the audience members all punch and kick one another.
" -George Carlin

2 comments:

David Lindqvist said...

R.I.P.

funeralpudding said...

Go fuck yourself. Alright, maybe I was a little harsh, but the day he died, I got really sick of the corporate media eulogies that spat out the same thing about the "seven dirty words" and didn't express any real understanding of Carlin. Jerry Seinfeld's eulogy is much nicer, more appropriate, and better: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/opinion/24seinfeld.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin