Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Yahoo! Looks Stupid Trying to Defend Sarah Silverman’s Abortion Joke

Yahoo!’s OMG is taking issue with the Drudge Report for how the latter linked to a recent Sarah Silverman story. Problem is, Yahoo is just making itself look stupid.

Like really, really, really stupid. So stupid, in fact, that it’s actually newsworthy instead of mind-numbingly mundane.

It all started last week when Silverman, who thinks herself a comedian (There’s inappropriate humor that can still be funny. Then there’s Sarah Silverman, who’s just kinda… well… dumb.), tweeted two photos of herself.

The one was a mock “before” picture of her showing off a rounded stomach and the other featured her supposedly signature washboard abs. (I don’t pay her nearly enough attention to know how she usually looks, since I have better things to do with my time.)

She then captioned the photos with “It’s a burrito!” and “Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned.” And when referencing this, Yahoo! felt the need to tell its readers that “R v W” stands for Roe v Wade,” clearly indicating just how stupid it assumes its audience is.

But OMG goes even further, by trying to convince readers that “Casually shocking humor has always been part of Silverman’s act, and the latest joke, despite the attention paid to it by Drudge, isn’t really a joke about terminating a pregnancy: The only thing getting aborted is a burrito.”

Except that it clearly is a joke about terminating a pregnancy. Silverman quite obviously wasn’t pregnant, merely bloated by her counter-intellectual opinions and tactless ways of airing them (not to mention the burrito), but she was still mocking the significance of pregnancy.

How else can Yahoo! explain that she used an abbreviated version of “abortion” and referenced Roe v. Wade?

I would suggest that the staff there look up the definition of a joke in a dictionary. Because if they do, they’ll see that I’m right and they’re exceptionally, overwhelmingly and pointlessly stupid.

Rather like the “comedian” they seem so intent on defending.

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