Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Something About Pomposity

There's a furore going on in the Irish blogosphere over RTE's craven apology for broadcasting a short item on the Nine O'Clock News about a naked portrait of Brian Cowen. More details can be found here. But when I read it, I thought of these words from the late Frank Zappa (not a man I admire, but he had a nice turn of phrase at times). The quote is from a lengthy interview with Don Menn and Matt Groening in Guitar Player magazine, June 1992.

"You want to know what they hate more than anything else in life? They can't stand for people not to take them seriously. If you laugh at them for an instant, it's just like - the devil walks into a room, right? And he goes, "I'm the Devil," and you take a fork and poke him in the belly, and the gas comes out, and he'll go twirling around the room like an unleashed balloon. That's the way these guys are. They hate it, because they're so full of shit, they're so full of themselves that they just can't believe that people don't appreciate them for the grand, highly evolved creatures that they imagine themselves to be. They hate to be laughed at. If they weren't so fucking dangerous, it would be fun to laugh at them all the time, but sometimes you have to take into account how much damage they can do."

10 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

Thanks for the links, D.E.

Hans-Christian Andersen is certainly rotation with laughter in his grave.

jams o donnell said...

WHat an utterly stupid protest. Cowan is a sex god and should be proud of that belly!

A Doubtful Egg said...

He's a fine broth of a lad, alright. A whole lot of fine country cookin' went into that physique!
I'm quite depressed by the sheer stupidity of the whole thing though. Every time I think our government can't find new ways to irritate me with their foolishness, they plumb a new depth. And we elected them (three bloody times!).

jams o donnell said...

joking aside it's bloody stupid

Claudia said...

It's a good laugh all around the world...Lets face it. We needed it!
As long as there's no obscenity trial for the artist as it was done for Joyce. Maybe the Church objected?

Stan said...

Claudia is right: it's a good laugh. Not only can the government not laugh at themselves, they don't want anyone else laughing at them either. Thomas More wrote that the devil, the proud spirit, "cannot endure to be mocked". So the rest of us will make up for it.

A Doubtful Egg said...

Stan, can you tell me where that Thomas More quote can be found? I'm sure it's more eloquent than Uncle Frank's...

darren said...

How dare ye mock our OverLord!..Hes a fine cut of a Furher! Finest fetlocks in Der Fatherland I tell thee..I wouldnt run him over soft ground tho...All jokes aside tho,this is fucking shocking altogether..using political power to censor Art and silence the Media?..burning books next week...

Stan said...

DE: C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters, here for example.

Uncle Frank's description is vivid.

A Doubtful Egg said...

Thanks, Stan.