George Carlin, who never failed to piss off all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, died from a heart attack last night at the age of 71 in Los Angeles.
These comments of his sum up his shitty attitude:
His comedic sensibility revolved around a central theme: humanity is a cursed, doomed species.
“I don’t have any beliefs or allegiances. I don’t believe in this country, I don’t believe in religion, or a god, and I don’t believe in all these man-made institutional ideas,” he told Reuters in a 2001 interview.
Carlin told Playboy in 2005 that he looked forward to an afterlife where he could watch the decline of civilization on a “heavenly CNN.”
“The world is a big theater-in-the round as far as I’m concerned, and I’d love to watch it spin itself into oblivion,” he said. “Tune in and watch the human adventure.”
In a rant about the Pledge of Allegiance, he opined:
These in school kids are required under the threat of social pressure, they’ll get ostracized, for some reason they’ll fuck with you in these schools today. It’s mandatory let’s say, that you pledge allegiance. Think of these words: pledge allegiance. Now, we’re not the only country that has that.
“No country ever had a Pledge of Allegiance except us and Germany under Hitler and Italy under Mussolini. The Fascists, the Nazis, and us. That will tell you the kind of company we keep, okay?”
The kind of company we keep??
Well hell, ol’ George made alot of money in a country with a scary pledge. Not only that, this country defeated the Fascists and Nazis so that Carlin could use his freedom to bad-mouth America.
I’m an agnostic, so I don’t care either way about religion. But when it comes to reaping the benefits of a country that protects your way of life and ensures that you can stand on a stage and spew all the crap you want without being dragged off to a Gulag, I’d say a little gratitude is in order.
The only reason Carlin got on stage was to throw a turd in the punchbowl because that’s just the kinda prankster he was. We know he was a leftwingnutbag who hated the country, the military, and any vestiges of patriotism. We got it.
Note to Hollywood entertainers like Carlin and like-minded fans: The next time you want to take a liberal guilt trip over all the opportunities and the good life you have in this country, take a one-way trip out of the U.S. for one that will better accommodate your ideology. It’s one thing to read about or to briefly visit a foreign country; it’s quite another to actually be subjugated with no possible way out.
He hadn’t really done anything funny since “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.”
Later in life Carlin morphed into a bitter, mealy-mouthed, self-absorbed, obnoxious parody. He made a living out of demonstrating just how pointlessly caustic he could be. He thought he was some kind of a Sage who had it all over the rest of us peons. He believed he blessed humanity with the mere presence of his wit and wisdom, and we were supposed to bask in the glow.
That’s why his popularity waned. Us ‘peons’ were sick of his condescending bullshit.
Fuck you Carlin. Good riddance.