David Cross, one of my favorite comedians (along with Mitch Hedberg and George Carlin) has recently responded to the decidedly unfunny Larry the Cable Guy, who attempted in his book to take David to task for being part of “the politically correct police.” Cross, though, pretty much hit the nail on the head:
He’s good at what he does. It’s a lot of anti-gay, racist humor–which people like in America–all couched in ‘I’m telling it like it is.’ He’s in the right place at the right time for that gee-shucks, proud-to-be-a-redneck, I’m-just-a-straight-shooter-multimillionaire-in-cutoff-flannel, selling-ring tones-act. That’s where we are as a nation now. We’re in a state of vague American values and anti-intellectual pride.
Incidentally, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anybody to learn that the whole “Larry the Cable Guy” persona is only an act.