I myself am fond of irony

A friend noticed E’s name on an invitation for something called “Californians for Clean Energy”* — E is heading the event with about five other people, including producer Lawrence Bender, whom I will always consider very cool because he produced KILL BILL (notice how I did not break it apart into KILL BILL vols 1 and 2. That is sacrilege. Both parts should be viewed together, as one entire film — because that’s exactly what is — one movie — not two — just one.)

Another person whose name headlines the invitation is Steve Bing, Elizabeth Hurley’s babydaddy, and so my friend couldn’t help sending me this:

See if you can follow. American real-estate heir and film producer Steve Bing initially made headlines by asserting that Elizabeth Hurley’s baby wasn’t his. (Subsequent DNA tests proved him wrong.) Among the negative publicity he received at the time was a story in the Daily Mirror that gave Bing’s phone number and encouraged readers to call him. Bing sued the tabloid, the tabloid settled, and one of the terms of the settlement was that the paper had to run an apology. Bing’s lawyers wrote the apology, the paper ran it verbatim, and Bing issued a statement saying he was “delighted.” But now he’s changed his mind, and says he may revive the suit. Why? Because he apparently has figured out that the overly effusive way the paper apologized (e.g., under a front-page headline stating, “A humble and sincere apology to Mr. Steve Bing, philanthropist & humanitarian”) was actually intended as sarcasm.

One thing that might have been a tip-off: opposite the ‘apology’ was a full-page article on why Americans don’t understand irony.

And as if brutally determined to prove that article right, I came across this little nugget today while following links on Salon:

A good sign that Tom DeLay doesn’t have the facts on his side: the top source for his latest defense against his critics is Stephen Colbert.

This morning, DeLay’s legal defense fund sent out a mass email criticizing the movie “The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress,” by “Outfoxed” creator Robert Greenwald.

The email features a “one-pager on the truth behind Liberal Hollywood’s the Big Buy,” and the lead item is Colbert’s interview with Greenwald on Comedy Central (where Colbert plays a faux-conservative, O’Reilly-esque character). The headline of the “fact sheet”:

Colbert Cracks Story on Real Motivations Behind the Movie

DeLay thinks Colbert is so persuasive, he’s now featuring the full video of the interview at the top of the legal fund’s website. And why not? According to the email, Greenwald “crashed and burned” under the pressure of Colbert’s hard-hitting questions, like “Who hates America more, you or Michael Moore?”

What can one do, other than laugh despairingly — and smack one’s forehead — and hope that someone, somewhere, makes these guys write out a definition of ‘satire’ five hundred times on the chalkboard?

*Yep, that’s my man. Proud of him.


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