Alanesq and I don't agree on a whole lot of things politically; among other things, he considers Michelle Malkin a legitimate commentator, while I think of her as a picayune, mean-spirited, opportunistic hack; he has also been, shall we say, "overly tolerant" of the creeping fascism under the Bush Administration. In short on 99% of political issues, he's wrong, and I'm right (in a lefty kinda way).
So this is a little like pulling my own teeth, but I gotta admit… When Alan's right, he's right. In response to the recent clusterfuck at PBS over the firing of Melanie Martinez from "The Goodnight Show," he posted one of the most concise and smartest summations of why PBS comes off as a bunch of jackasses this time around:
Wasn't George Carlin, Mr. Conductor on "Shining Time Station"? Do you really think that Martinez's clips are more explicit than his "7 dirty words" routine? What about a sizable portion of the cast of "The Electric Company"? Rita Moreno had a role in "Carnal Knowledge". Bill Cosby was in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice", a movie about wife-swapping. And we all saw Gene Wilder make love to a sheep in "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex". Even Richard Pryor had a Saturday morning network children's show called "Pryor's Place", complete with Sid and Marty Krofft puppets. But somehow, "Technical Virgin" undermines Martinez's character? (more)
The videos that Martinez appeared in were produced seven years ago and together come to about one minute of screen time. They're not even especially shocking. I think the first one, shown below, actually makes a good point: it probably would solve a lot of problems if mothers gave their daughters vibrators when they hit puberty. Of course, the abstinence movement isn't actually as concerned with ending pregnancy as they are with making teens forget that sex can be fun and pleasurable, right? If they could, I'm sure they'd lock all those clits right inside the hope chest until they got married — if not beyond that.