Television personalities have been having an odd week. David Letterman: Jihad Target?
David Letterman was threatened with a jihad. Anderson Cooper got the giggles over a news story. Piers Morgan had his guest shout accusations of rudeness before she abruptly walked away. What could possibly be going on in the world of personality-driven, almost-news television?
The weirdness hit Late Night with David Letterman
first. A couple of months ago, David Letterman made a somewhat off-color commentary on the announced death of Ilyas Kashmiri, a high-level member of al Qaeda. The comedian accompanied his commentary on the announcement by making the universal playground signal for "You're dead," drawing his finger across his throat in a beheading-like motion.
Now that several weeks have passed, some crazy person who posts on an al Qaeda-associated website has taken offense. The poster known as Umar al-Basrawi contributed the following to a message board on the site: "Is there not amongst you a Sayyid Nosair al-Masri (may Allah release him) to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever. Just as Sayyid (may Allah release him) did with the Jew Kahane. We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck."
The previous crime refers to the killing of Meir Kahane in 1990 and counts as the only correct fact in the entire statement, considering that David Letterman isn't Jewish and the rest of it is just plain crazy-talk.
Probably, nothing will happen. Why? Well...
Anderson Cooper: Pee-Pee Giggles
- Most "jihad" threats against celebrities come to nothing (Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park are still happily offending the world, after all).
- This is hardly the first threat against David Letterman, and the police know about it.
- Even crazy radicals would probably see this one as not worth it.
Even the most stoic and serious of journalists has a breaking point. For Anderson Cooper, that breaking point appears to be public urination by famous French actors. Can you blame him?
Gerard Depardieu, an Academy Award-nominated actor considered one of the titans of French cinema, decided to urinate on the floor of an airplane this past Tuesday. It fell to Anderson Cooper to relay the sad, sad news to the American public. The video below shows just how sad Cooper was:
Answer truthfully: Could you get through that many "pee" puns without laughing? Besides, the giggles honestly seem like an appropriate response to such a "news" story. Piers Morgan: If That's "Rude..."
Apparently, no one is allowed to ask Christine O'Donnell anything she doesn't want to answer. To do otherwise is just rude.
We may never know what O'Donnell, a Tea Party darling and former Senate candidate from Delaware, thought "interview" meant before she agreed to talk to Piers Morgan on CNN. But whatever her ideas were, they had nothing to do with sex, gay marriage or anything she had ever said in public ever before.
Watch the interview below:
Would you classify Piers Morgan's tone as "rude" or more "incredulous," when Christine O'Donnell refused to answer pretty much anything he asked? Sure, it might have been rude that he kept asking about sex, but what **was he supposed to ask? It kind of sounded like the only "appropriate" question would have been "Why do you think Barack Obama is an evil dictator trying to crush our very will to exist?"
I bet she would have answered that.
Or maybe she wouldn't have answered anything. Considering the kind of week it's been out there in the TV world, there is absolutely no way to predict just about anything.(Images courtesy of WENN and CBS, videos courtesy of CNN via YouTube)