With the popularity of the social web, it seems everyone can weigh in on something. A great idea for things like citizen journalism. But it’s also opened the world up for a lot of often misguided criticism.
Let’s go back a few days to New Year’s Eve on NBC and talk about comedian Natasha Leggero. Leggero, along with Anthony Anderson, Jane Lynch and Carson Daly helped ring in the new year for NBC. During the live broadcast the group recapped moments of the year and when they came to the moment the food company Spaghetti O’s tried a lame marketing ploy by tweeting a picture of it’s mascot holding an American flag asking followers to “take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.”
Daily chalked it up to a bad ploy to play up on sentimentalism. Lynch joked that she was, “offended because they were referring to SpaghettiOs as pastas.” Then came Natasha Leggero’s joke as she added, “It sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew.” An obvious joke. But it sent off a suposed firestorm of ire on Twitter (I really don’t know nor care from where else really) calling for Leggero’s head.
Today, rather than issue an apology to the hive mind of the internet and it’s sometimes really feigned outrage, Leggero handled the situation how we wish anyone who ever finds themselves in these types of situations does. She came out stating she’s not really sorry for her obvious joke and if people are upset there are a few things they can do about it.
Leggero posted a lengthy response stating rather than giving an insincere apology in the name of damage control she’d like to be honest about how not sorry she is.
I’m not sorry. I don’t think the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O’s too much to bear? Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat.
She then elaborated further that she doesn’t think comedians aren’t the problem and cares about people’s passion for our Vets.
That’s not to say I don’t think comedians are a problem in this country, they are a financial drain on the people who date them and talk far too much about themselves. I’m thrilled to see how passionate (death threats against a five foot tall woman are always the height of passion!) people are about our country and our Veterans. I am too. My own father lost his hearing in the Vietnam War so the issue is pretty close to me too. So rather than apologize, let me offer another perspective.
Then for those that are still unclear, she put more perspective on it.
On the one hand you have me, making a joke about how old people can’t chew tough foods very well.
On the other hand you have Veterans who receive inadequate care upon their return from active duty, rampant sexual assault against female soldiers, staggering rates of suicide, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, substance abuse and depression among soldiers and political gridlock that prevents these problems from getting solved quickly.
Where do you think your outrage and action would be better served, calling me a cunt or doing something about the above problems?
Finally, she left us with some parting advice. Taking a final shot at a naysayer who couldn’t manage to even properly spell his insult to her.
For those of you that are currently doing both: Kudos!
To our vets: I love you. I truly hope you know that.
To Spaghetti O’s: Let’s do lunch.
To the Elderly: Chew!
To @nealrscott: It’s spelled Human Excrement not Increatment.
To those looking for an active way to address the above problems, do what I’ve decided to do instead of apologize: Make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans foundation. (link http://www.dav.org)
Well, Natasha Leggero did it. She managed to make me love her even more than I thought possible. Not only is she a hilarious comedian who sometimes likes to talk to other hilarious comedians while in a bathing suit in a hot tub. She also has the right idea when it comes to dealing with these situations… oh and according to Doug Stanhope has some impressive balls. A physical detail I can’t confirm at the moment.