The brilliant and irreverent satirist Bryan Safi, from my favorite nerdy show on my favorite nerdy channel - InfoMania, is back exploring more LGBT issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media and pop culture.
This week's brilliant clip deals with tips for Closeted Politicians:
Wanna be in politics but are afraid you may have some gayness? Just use The "Straight" Politician's Guide to Managing Your Gay Crisis!
Much more, including my views on Safi and satire in general, after the jump!
I don't just post these videos for a laugh (although that is a big reason!).
It's no secret I am a huge fan of satire, especially the smart, cutting type that Safi consistently puts out. He points out the the sheer absurdity of homophobia and hatred, but with a nudge and wink rather than fire and brimstone.
Many times, that nudge can cut much deeper than any soapbox rant.
Peppered in the comedy are moments so true and subversive that they seep into the watcher's minds. Moments like the subtitles in this video under Jim McCrery's wife that point out the "code words" ("not soft" = "NOT GAY") are utter brilliance. Safi also calls it like we see it with the hypocrisy of in the closet politicians as well:
Avoid all suspicion with Hatred!
If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck... Pretend you F@!king hate ducks!
Watch your back Stewart and Colbert! Safi can deliver a biting commentary like none other!
In the end, great, thoughtful satire reaches an entirely new audience that might not otherwise know or care about LGBT issues. It communicates and connects with viewers, pointing out absurdity and insanity in a subtle, subversive form that doesn't alienate people on the fence about our rights. It also minimizes our enemies and takes the wind out of their hate-filled sails by making them the laughing stock they should be.
It's a form of activism and protest. It's a way of spreading our message and taking a swipe at the homophobes, one laugh at a time.
That's Gay is a recurring segment on the weekly television show infoMania. In each episode of That's Gay, Bryan Safi explores gay issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media. For more Bryan visit http://current.com/groups/thats-gay/ and Current TV.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out their Facebook profile for special features.