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The other night, “comedian” George Lopez did a little routine about Alley’s performance on Dancing with the Stars, a series of jokes limited to comparing the famously “overweight” actress to a . . . pig. I don’t know which is more archaic, the joke or the attitude? Either way, Lopez stuck to the joke through its several iterations: the fat actress has hooves; before going on the show, she went to the market and had roast beef; and cut to a video clip of a pig with its head out of a car window going "Wheee".
I can’t imagine who Alley’s devoted fans are, but I am entirely sympathetic to what they did next: they began haranguing Lopez, who subsequently cowered in the shelter of a tweeted apology:
He “misjudged” the joke? What sensitive moral antennae are required, what exquisite ethical reasoning goes into judging or misjudging a series of jokes that liken Kirstie Alley to a pig? And really, no “malice” was intended? By whom? Well, maybe he personally cherishes Alley, but did he really think that anybody who could cough up a laugh at his jokes would be entirely free of malice? Alley didn’t buy it for a minute.
She subsequently tweeted:
Apparently (gosh, this gets really gets good), Alley was making “fun of the comedian for accepting a kidney from his wife and later divorcing her.” She gets rough. The comedian’s little piggie jokes suddenly pale by comparison and look even more puerile and unimaginative.
The conclusion is not an unhappy one, though. Alley let us all know that
In my next post, I'll explain why I don't think Lopez should have apologized at all.
(By the way, I have to say, I love the idea of Lopez “accepting a kidney” from his wife. Apparently the conversation about a kidney transplant begins with “Darling, please, please accept this kidney from me” and not “Hey, your kidney is going to be cut out of your gut and sewn inside of me, okay?” Is that some serious unspeak or what? And, man, when the divorce came . . . cue jokes about who gets custody of the kidneys.)