Internet Appalled That 68 Year Old Man Doesn’t Find “Community” To Be Greatest Creation In The History Of Man
The nation was enraged yesterday when a balding 68 year old multimillionaire named Chevy Chase implied in an interview from February that his TV series Community wasn’t the culmination of centuries of human struggle which led to its unlikely creation and need to be worshiped. Of course, by nation, I mean the under 1 million people who watch Community on a weekly basis and found time to read the interview on the UK version of The Huffington Post. Also, by enraged, I mean falsely angered due to several websites’ manipulation of the interview.
Websites Gawker, Vulture, and Splitsider all basically called Chase a waste of air/human garbage for not possessing the exact same sense of humor as their target demographic. Gawker, trying to gain page views like always, takes all of Chase’s quotes out of context and calls him an asshole in the headline. I know a guy who finds Two and a Half Men to be the funniest thing ever. I don’t agree in the slightest, but I also don’t write an article and insult him in the headline for not having the same tastes in entertainment as I do. Gawker includes Chase’s remarks about the set being boring to look at, but leaves out that the reason he said that was because he was complimenting the uniqueness of the paintball episodes.
Vulture says that Chase talked about money for an uncomfortable amount of time. Well, yeah he’s going to talk about money when he’s asked “Is there anything you’ve ever blown a lot of money on?” He also talks about money when he says he works a job (Community) to make money to provide for his family. If that makes him money obsessed, I suppose all working people with families are money obsessed.
Splitsider and Gawker both say Chase made a degrading remark about Louis CK, which could possibly be true. Chase is quoted as saying the following:
"I wouldn’t in any way make a degrading remark about Louis CK, but the question is do I think anyone is funny? And the answer is not too many people. He might fit right in there."
So how does Splitsider know what “there” means? Chase could be saying that CK fits into the funny category or the unfunny category. There’s really no way of telling. Even if he doesn’t find CK to be funny, that’s okay. Humor is subjective, and I don’t expect a guy old enough to be a grandfather to have the same sense of humor as me. I’d also applaud him for being honest. There’s enough liars in Hollywood, specifically the ones that said The Marriage Ref was going to be good because they were guests on it. Also, did anyone consider he might be joking? He is a comedian, which is a professional jokester, and Splitsider is the website that thought Colin Quinn’s Twitter was serious.
Mostly, they all seem to be most upset with this quote:
The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. That’s my feeling about it. I think the reason I have stuck around is because I love these kids, the cast - they are very good. It’s not like I am working with the great innovators of all time, but at the same time, they are my friends
Yeah, what a jerk, referring to the cast as “very good” and his “friends.” Also, “not the greatest innovators of all time?” Uh, excuse me Chevy, but when I think of innovators, I think of Martin Luther King Jr, Steve Jobs, and Joel McHale. How dare a former movie star who probably hasn’t watched television since 1976 not consider a secondary role on a television sitcom to be a step up! How on Earth can he not prefer working more hours for less money?
We all know Chevy Chase is most likely a jerk and Community is a great TV show. Neither of those are news. What is news is these websites’ hatred towards Chevy Chase. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it, I’m just saying he doesn’t deserve it for this interview. Plus, he pretty much said all of the exact same stuff about Community months ago.
To sum it all up, slow news day:
The Battle of the Ken Burns Comedies
I consider Community to have some of the most creative and original episode formats on television, however, I can’t say the same about last week’s Ken Burns Civil War documentary spoof “Pillows and Blankets (Part 2).” I see people writing how genius it was, but it seems everyone forgot that Jimmy Kimmel did the exact same thing a few years ago during the Conan vs Leno thing in his video The Late Night War:
Even though the set up is the same, Community's episode if full of enough great jokes that I don't consider it an issue. I hadn't seen anyone point this out yet, so now consider it pointed out. I just hope I don't get a voicemail from Chevy Chase that's an obscenity-laced tirade or have Dan Harmon lead an offensive chant against me. Also, lets hope Jimmy Kimmel didn't see the episode, he's looking awfully angry and suspicious in that hoodie:
Now go watch Community so it doesn’t get canceled.
Stuff I Found Funny A Week Ago (4)
- Todd Barry was in the original Black Swan (here)
- Anthony Jeselnik killed it on The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump (here), while The Situation was literally painful to watch, so much so that Jeffrey Ross had to come to the rescue (here).
- Give It Up For Greg Giraldo is something people should check out if Comedy Central ever figures out what the Internet is (clips).
- You can’t ask for more than Fred Willard (here), Kristen Wiig (here), and Adam Scott (here) in the same episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon had Amy Poehler (interview) and Tiger Woods on to play golf (here) (full episode) and then had Howard Stern on later in the week (here).
- 30 Rock (here) had a reality show episode and like Community, had genocide jokes (here). Apparently, it was a genocide themed week on the NBC comedies.
- Parks and Recreation had it’s Harvest Festival episode (here) and they’re going to start having “producer’s cut” episodes avaliable at 2 AM (here).
- Community’s Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi, and Alison Brie were all on Attack of the Show (here).
- The legends Alec Baldwin (here) and Steve Martin (here) were on Letterman.
- Maybe it wasn’t funny since she pulled it off but on Fringe, Anna Torv basically did a Leonard Nimoy impression the whole episode (here).
- The writers and cast of Bob’s Burgers took over the Videogum blog (here).
- Craig Ferguson always has entertaining interviews: Seth Rogen (here), Joel McHale (here), Sarah Chalke (here), Tom Lennon (here).