Mike Rogers

Caption Fun: The Situation Room

Filed By Mike Rogers | May 03, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Obama photo

Put your best ones in the comments...

We have a situation, here.

"Oh. My. God. Look at that screen. How did Bristol Palin survive another round of Dancing with the Stars?"

"If you think this is tense, imagine if it was The Donald and The Palin instead of Joe and Barack."

"Lock the doors. Only so many people can squeeze into a Glee party."

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Let's see ... it's a "Before and After" ...

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D O _ A _ D      T R _ _ _      _ A R D

D O _ A _ D      T R U _ _      C A R D

I want to solve the puzzle!


This is not an appropriate subject matter for the frivality of a "caption this" contest. Save it for the goofy photos.

Regan DuCasse | May 3, 2011 8:37 PM

Yeah, Mike, I'm not in the mood. Watching a killing like that in real time of such a beast is serious.
And on 9/11, one of my favorite gay couples and their little three year old boy were aboard Flt. 175. I'd known them from Pop Luck club in Los Angeles for gay fathers. I'd known them since Davey was a baby. I've missed them terribly all these years and no terrorist is going to pay ENOUGH for how many people they have fucked up, killed, deceived, denied human rights and pretty much made air travel hell for everyone.

Sorry, can't even laugh to keep from crying.

I'm glad you're all here. I need to show you something. It's called "Friday." The person behind this abomination is Rebecca Black. I think you all know what needs to be done.

Paula Stewart | May 4, 2011 1:29 AM

OMG, J.R. was shot. I wonder who did it??

Unfortunately, I have to agree with other commenters here.
This was an error of judgement by Bilerico to post this here, and an error of bhe blogger to seek humour from a deadly serious situation.

Nothing funny here. Sorry.

i couldnt be happier that Osama is dead.
however, this is not a joking moment.

look at their faces
especially Clinton and Obama...

This isn't really a caption - though I guess it could be:

Look inside your heart and, if you believe in such things, your soul. Now ask yourself this question: Would you really want John McCain, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee to be in this photo?

Well, Marti....you have just confirmed for me that the post was OK. You are calling me tasteless? Now that's a twist.

Lighten up people. Instead of a fucking photo you should be complaining about the "celebration." Our nation embarrassed me a whole lot more than some photo.

As for Marti, she'd post crap about me if I said water was wet. It's all about being angry at me for tossing her off my email list. Tossing decision validated.

Kathy Padilla | May 4, 2011 9:24 AM

I'm glad you can listen to reasonable criticism with an open mind. Especially from some of us who knew people in that building.

Hey - let's turn this thing around and suggest captions for the other picture above.


so people celebrating was in bad taste,
but making this photo a joke isnt?

LOL, Mike. Where would you get that I'm angry? I'm grateful to you, not angry! It does tickle me so that you think so much of your little InsidersOut list that you think I'd be angry.

"Throwing" me off that "email list" (InsidersOut) was the best thing you could have done for me. I own my voice. Why do you have such a problem with me publicizing your group? I have to admit that a gay man who's made a career of outing people will get upset over someone outing an email list is mildly ironic.

Captioning a photo of such a somber event is vile. They were watching the DEATH of a human being. I'm relieved that the murderous terrorist is dead, but I'd never make the event one for levity.

Publicize it to death.... I love seeing email from people saying you told the about it.... helps me get the full value of my delete key.

"Well, Marti....you have just confirmed for me that the post was OK. You are calling me tasteless? Now that's a twist."

So Mike, you're automatically discounting the opinions of five different people who objected to your post prior to Marti ever commenting, just to get into a pissing match with her.

Having made a poor decision in posting this article in the first place might have led some to be respectful of the feedback in the second place. But you've decided to go in a different direction. Nice.

Mike, why do you keep attacking me instead of addressing my point. A point that others have made as well or better than I. If you were a lowly commenter here, your comment attacking me would most likely be removed as it has no bearing on the topic at hand, other than to attack me.

And really, you're making this about who reads you or me? Smells like a penis measuring contest, and I'm not much into measuring my own. That not why I do what I do.

Captioning this photo is at the very least tasteless, at the most, barbaric. I wish you'd address that instead of pointing your anger at me.


One definition of "comedy" is "tragedy plus time." I think your energies would be much better directed at the people who felt this was a national "celebration" -- THAT was MUCH worse in my opinion. The world saw people dancing in the streets like the same people we condemn when they do it.

I'm certainly able to make a distinction between a caption contest and dancing on someone's grave. The second post I wrote at Huffington Post was all about the inappropriate way people reacted to Falwell's death.

Here is the article:
HuffPo: No Need for Dancing Shoes Here...

If I offended some of you, I'm sorry you feel that way. Marti, your criticism (based on your past behavior) is not serious.

It's a photo folks... I'm hardly the only one who tried to inject a little levity into a serious matter.

"OMG! I can't believe Nene said that about Star! She is totally going to get it next week."

Do any of you realize how many tasteless jokes circulated when the shuttle Challenger blew up in January 1986? ... Ever heard the phrase "Need Another Seven Astronauts"?

Ever seen the Monty Python movie, "Life of Brian"?

Get real, people. Dark humor has a long, long history.

Regan DuCasse | May 4, 2011 7:33 PM

Mike, I'm going to reiterate an experience I had a WEEK after 9/11 here in my Studio City area of Los Angeles.
The sun was just starting to set, and the main boulevard (Ventura Bl) started to fill with people. They were waving flags, honking horns, hugging each other, holding hands. Some had tears, some were awe struck at the emotions all around them. A WEEK after 9/11. It looked like the Fourth of July had busted out late in the year.
One of the people was asked by a reporter what he felt and his answer was: "we remembered we're a family, and we're having a reunion."

It looked like jubilation. But that's not exactly what it was, no more than the people gathered in the streets after the killing of OBL.
Maybe to some it look like celebrating. But it wasn't like the technicolor shindig thrown by the Munchkins of Oz after the Wicked Witch got nailed by a house.

This was the decompression of YEARS of anxiety, impatience, anger, pain, loss, survivor guilt, glad of being alive, bewilderment and waiting and waiting and waiting for this day to come...
A LOT had built up in people for all this time, and what got let out was the pop, like after a balloon has burst.

I remember weeping openly when Tim McVeigh had been pronounced dead. I wasn't crying for him, I was crying for all those people who died in the OK City bombing. I had wondered where all that was at the time.
I figured it out when I wept years later. I wept that JUSTICE had finally come.

btw: I am a crime scene photographer. My course work was at Cal State Fullerton, and my on the job training with the LAPD. My pathology professor went to OK city and NYC to help in the autopsies of the victims of the bombings and the 9/11 tragedy.
He brought back pictures for us to examine. Lots, and lots and lots of pictures of the victims.

And there isn't an execution or assassination or capture that will EVER be enough justice for the crimes these motherfu**ers committed.
I can't have any humor about these crimes. None.
MY pictures and those I saw from OKC and 9/11 say much more than a thousand words. I have my job to do and what I have stoking in my soul for the innocents who get murdered, makes me damn good at it too.

I wish you well, but I just want you to understand, brother.

Regan DuCasse | May 4, 2011 7:41 PM

AJ, okay, let's get real.

I don't care how long dark humor has been around.

1. If it's not funny, it's not funny.

2. If you have to beg for someone to laugh at it, it's definitely not funny.

And this situation is so dark, most of us here couldn't find anything funny in that photo and knowing what's going on.
Real enough for you?

My dear Regan, love:

1. If it's not funny to you, it might be funny to someone else.

2. Their sense of humor is just as valid as yours is.

3. I don't see or hear anyone begging anyone to laugh at anything, including me on either end of that supposition.

4. If you don't like Jay Leno or David Letterman making Osama jokes, change the channel -- maybe you'll find a re-run of "Hogan's Heroes" or "Six Feet Under".

Hi, complete newbie here but just wanted to comment on this debate as an 'outsider'.

This may understandably be tasteless to some but by the same token, others may find humour in it (just google bin laden death jokes), and Letterman actually showed the picture with the top ten captions.

I have to say that I too found the beamed around the world celebrations of his death offensive and tasteless, and no different from what we've come to expect from the 'other side'.

I was rather shocked to see US citizens engaging in this very undignified activity and it did nothing for the country. By contrast, the jokes etc, whilst not to everyone's taste, are signs of a normal, functioning, democratic society.

Had this operation gone terribly wrong and resulted in deaths of innocents, then the caption idea would certainly have been a no-no. It did not however, and is just a piece of harmless fun in my humble opinion.

Tasteless exercise in futility.

I'm speaking of attacking a commenter with an opinion of distaste for your exercise.

There were 5 others expressing displeasure with the exercise, yet you chose to attack her.

No, she sarcastically called you classy, something you proved her correct in with this response.

"Well, Marti....you have just confirmed for me that the post was OK. You are calling me tasteless? Now that's a twist.
Lighten up people. Instead of a fucking photo you should be complaining about the "celebration." Our nation embarrassed me a whole lot more than some photo.
As for Marti, she'd post crap about me if I said water was wet. It's all about being angry at me for tossing her off my email list. Tossing decision validated."

Based upon your overt disrespect for her, I'd question you calling water wet also.

Oh and the caption contest was in poor taste.