Bucking the Funny High Horses (with or without Jay Leno)
Recently, in a magnanimous gesture, comedian Jay Leno announced he would stage a free performance to people struggling in this economy. He called it a "Comedy Stimulus Package." On Monday, he expressed shock and indignation that people lowered themselves to accept the free tickets... and then charge for them on eBay. He demanded eBay take the tickets down.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh picked up on the story and had a few things to say about it.
Here's my take:
I respect and applaud Leno for trying to bring some measure of joy to people he perceives to be in misery. However, I have to question his decision to force others to define "joy" in the same way he does.
Is "joy" stand-up-induced laughter only? Or can "joy" be $500 increase in capital one can use to pay for a heating bill for another month or two? Does it even matter if that $500 were used to buy a new computer, an iPhone, or a year's supply of Girl Scout Cookies?
Make up your mind, Jay. Are you trying to increase joy or promote yourself?
Either one is fine by me, but at least have the courage to admit and face the consequences of the restrictions you're placing on how your "beneficiaries" (the market) can use your "gift." - Cam Beck
Nothing is free. Not even this headline.