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Willam F. Buckley and Zomg oh noes AC in the media!!1eleven
Yup, this will be two entries in one, just like Certs (TM).

First, William F. Buckley has died. I have seen a few LJ entries wishing him to burn in hell...and quite honestly, I don't feel any such rancor toward him. Buckley (or as Lily Tomlin called him on Laugh-In, "William Fuhbuckley") represented American conservatism back before it became fire-breathing fascism; indeed, modern right-wingers for the most part considered him a dinosaur who was out of touch with their "values."

*cough* *sputter* *gag* Values. Uh, right.

Anyway, when Buckley appeared on Laugh-In way back when, he quipped that he would only agree to appear if he was flown in on a plane with two right wings. Yup, old farts like me can actually remember when the political right had a sense of humor that wasn't the verbal equivalent of a beaker of acid being thrown in a baby's face. I may not have seen eye-to-eye with William F. Buckley, but he had one trillion times the class and wit of a Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity or Kristol. Whether you agreed with his politics or not, the man remained a gentleman. As far as the far right is concerned now, all I see is bile.

Second, the furry-related intarwebs are all a-roar right now because Anthrocon was mentioned by name on the Fox sitcom Back to You. Speaking of gentleman conservatives, I have a lot of respect for Kelsey Grammer; he is socially a little more liberal than most of those on the right, and let's face it--the man's sense of comedic timing is spot-on. I saw the clips of the show in question, and frankly, I don't see what the fuss is. Long story short, no big deal; it wasn't Vanity Fair all over again, certainly. As the furry fandom grows, we are certain to get a fair amount of ribbing and scrutiny.

So there's my $0.02 for the day.

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Good point on Buckley I think. The vitriol against him is perhaps unfair and he was eloquent and polite about his beliefs not much more people could as for in the public square.

As for the Back to You episode. Yeah its a second rate comedy that one can giggle at a bit. They were pretty even handed with it and the general gist to me seemed to be "don't be an ass to other people" more then "look at the freaks"

I haven't seen, or even heard of Back to You before. Honestly, it kind of wears me out when people freak out every time furries get mentioned in the media.

So this is me not giving two shits about Back to You.

Hahah, did you ever see Buckley interview Noam Chomsky on his old TV show? He does this little finger-walking gesture at one point to indicate 'going down a path' that made me literally almost fall out of my chair laughing! But yeah, I agree, the Right sure ain't what it used to be. In Canada too.

Buckley's son (of Thank You For Smoking fame) seems like a pretty decent guy too...

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