Poe's law was originally uttered in the context of the evolution debate: "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won't mistake for the genuine article." Now this precept is gradually expanding to encompass other topics where reality is so bizarre as to render satire both futile and indistinguishable.
Case in point: Hugo Chavez.
Chavez is already a vocal booster of a proposed law to ban violent video games and "bellicose" toys in Venezuela. Naturally Chavez — who is something of a subject matter expert on bellicosity — has arranged for the consumer protection agency he controls to determine what games and toys are acceptable in his nation. The proposed law would also require the government "to promote the production, distribution, sales and use" of games that teach kids "respect for an adversary." Inasmuch as Chavez views proper treatment of adversaries to include threats, raids, and jail, this could actually be fun. I'm thinking a Rainbow-Six style shooter.
Anyway, now Hugo is going a step further, to the point where I have to serious question whether he is just fucking with us. He and his cronies are launching a War on Golf.
“Let’s leave this clear,” Mr. Chávez said during a live broadcast of his Sunday television program. “Golf is a bourgeois sport,” he said, repeating the word “bourgeois” as if he were swallowing castor oil.
Now, maybe it's just because I've never once been able to take seriously anyone who uses "bourgeois" in a non-ironic manner. But this has to be mere theatre. Right? Tell me that it's just theatre?
Still, even if he moves on to tennis and badminton and windsurfing and yachting, it's unlikely that Chavez will lose his amen corner at places like the Huffington Post, where any criticism of him draws angry comments, and where the predominant approach to him is awe.
Last 5 posts by Ken White
- Hate Speech Debate on More Perfect Live - September 5th, 2017
- Popehat Goes To The Opera: Un ballo in maschera - August 19th, 2017
- Department of Justice Uses Search Warrant To Get Data On Visitors to Anti-Trump Site - August 14th, 2017
- America At The End of All Hypotheticals - August 14th, 2017
- Lawsplainer: Why John Oliver Is Anti-Diversity Now - August 11th, 2017