I wrote a couple weeks ago about Olivet College student Chris Staab and his amusingly idiotic videos about my friend Jeremiah Bannister’s radio show. That prompted him to make a video about me that is exactly as juvenile as one might expect given his previous efforts.
First, he puts the picture of me that you see on the right sidebar on the screen and says that I’m smiling because I have a banana shoved up my ass. Seriously. I’d say that he’s displaying the mentality of a 12-year old, but that would be an insult to 12-year olds. Then he plays a clip of my show where I talked about visiting the right wing websites after Obama announced his support of marriage equality, after which I read a couple dozen of the most appallingly racist comments imaginable. Comments like these:
I’m surprised he didn’t go one step further in approving of inter-species marriage, seeing as how he’s married to a baboon, or is she a really tall chimpanze? Anyway, if it’s cool in kenya, why not here???
NiggyThe Panderer’s failure of the day!!! Keep failing NigBama!!!
My guess is this clears the deck for Lakqisha and LaShasa to bring home their white girlfriends…JMO
No rational person could deny that those are incredibly racist and bigoted things to say. But Staab, who couldn’t find rationality with a GPS, decides to beat up a straw man instead:
The fact that he’s calling right wingers bigots because they have common sense in respects (sic) to the homosexual lifestyle. Okay. It’s common sense to know that homosexuality is just gross, disgusting and wrong, and it’s perfectly natural to be grossed out by it. So for him to call right wingers bigots because they, you know, are on the right side of history, is obviously showing how embarrassed he is of his own side because they have to defend, you know, homosexuals and that’s gotta be difficult, to defend the behavior of the homosexuals has gotta be tough, so it doesn’t surprise me that he would say something as ridiculous as that.
If at this point you’re starting to wonder how he got into college, that’s hardly an unreasonable reaction. He actually thinks that’s a coherent, compelling argument. But he’s just getting warmed up. Then he plays a bunch of edited clips where I said something funny and my co-host, Don Reese, laughed at it. He doesn’t play the many times that Don says something funny and I laughed at it because that would undermine his point that Don is a “cheerleading sissy.” Now that’s just funny. I know he can’t tell this on the radio, but Don is 6’5″ and bald and looks pretty damn scary. Staab would crap his pants before saying that to his face (not that Don would do anything but laugh at him, of course).He then plays a clip of me talking about how the polls show that younger people are far more accepting of gay rights than older generations. And he responds:
He’s assuming that young people are more in favor of gay marriage than older people, when actually that’s not correct, and in fact he, if you paid attention to that clip, you’ll notice that he never cited one source, which is pretty much par for the course for him, because that’s what he does on a regular basis. He just assumes things, and you know what they say about assuming, it makes an ass out of you and me.
Ooh, a tired cliche! How cute. There’s no need to assume this, of course. Every poll for the last 10 years has found that people under 30 or so are far more supportive of full equality than those who are older. In fact, age correlates perfectly with support for equality — the older you are, the less likely you are to favor equal rights. Here’s a poll from just last week that found that 69% of those under 35 support marriage equality, compared to only 38 percent of seniors. I wonder if Staab can find a single survey that doesn’t find something similar. Actually, I don’t wonder at all. He can’t. And he won’t even try.
And then he has an unidentified caller, who says pretty much nothing:
Ed Brayton is very left wing extremist and the man does not give the opposing party a chance to defend themselves…He’s a hardcore left liberal and he won’t let the facts speak for themselves, he lives in denial.
Wow, how terribly convincing. Did you two practice this meaningless pablum before hand or just wing it? They both agree that “these people” — me, presumably — are trying to turn us into a “communist nation.” Oh, and I “look likea Thanksgiving day blimp” — while his anonymous caller, ironically given his earlier comments about Don laughing at the things I say that are actually funny, giggles in hysterics. How amusing. I’m fat. That’s incredibly original and meaningful and obviously disproves everything I’ve ever said. It’s kind of cute listening to these two drooling quarterwits try to play grown up.