Chris Rock’s monlogue from SNL, Nov. 1, 2014

Chris Rock’s monologue from last night’s Saturday Night Live has been drawing a lot of fire from some people but I think it’s the best SNL host monologue in years.  And while I’m not a friend of … nor related to … anyone hurt or killed in either the 9/11 or Boston Marathon tragedies, I don’t think Rock said anything to demean the victims or their families.  He’s found a very funny way to talk about common fears and used that as a springboard to criticize how American culture commercializes tragedies and other meaningful human events.  Just as some people immediately jumped on to the “I’m offended” or “too soon” bandwagons, others are probably going to go overboard and call Rock’s monologue “brave,” which … I suspect .. even Rock would likely scoff at.  Because … these are jokes.  And they’re funny.  And they’re coming from a good place.  So, enough of my yakkin’ … just watch and laugh.  Or … be offended … and watch something you do like.  In any case, it’s all good.

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Chris Rock on Michael Jackson

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Can we finally agree we’re ready to hear this? Yes, MJ was a talented performer, but he was a seriously, SERIOUSLY f–ked up individual. I know his death prompted some mixed reactions of people from my generation. Yes, his music was (and is) brilliant, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that this was a seriously screwed-up individual who, before he died, prompted nothing but snickers and eye-rolling from practically everyone I knew. Death doesn’t erase a lifetime of bad deeds (and there’s overwhelming evidence to suggest MJ committed a LOT of them), just as a lifetime of bad deeds doesn’t make someone a bad artist. Nuff said. Let’s move on.