March 3, 2007

We want our sexist comic characters to be more charming.

Andrew Dice Clay is back with a reality show on VH-1:
The VH1 reality show “Dice Undisputed” — about his attempt at a career comeback, co-starring his two sons, his shrill fiancĂ©e and his motley entourage — is intended to shove him back in our faces, right where he apparently belongs. But we must again resist his advances. Let’s say it one more time: He’s charmless and unfunny.
I've said what I had to say about him back here:
The first time I saw Andrew Dice Clay, I took him to be a brilliant critic of masculinity. Then everybody just got mad at him and made him go away.
Looks like they're about to make him go away again. Since he played a lout, you can't feel sorry for him. If only he could warm us with a smidge of lovableness, like that big sexist bastard Borat.

11 comments:

Maxine Weiss said...

Uh-oh.....

Maxine Weiss said...

Here comes trouble...

d said...

And the original Amos and Andy radio program was a brilliant critique of whiteness.

SGT Ted said...

I never understood the negative reaction to Dice. His shtick parodies the uneducated street lout if a very funny manner. Anyone who takes him like he's some victimiser needs to up their meds.

Bas-O-Matic said...

So.... Are you saying that Clay's sexism is ironic?

Ann Althouse said...

What's the difference between Clay's character and Borat? Answer:

A. Borat has some sweetness, some blunting of the edge.

B. We can see through Borat to Sacha Baron Cohen, and we feel pretty confident that Cohen's a good guy.

Gerry said...

I don't think that is the right difference between Clay and Borat.

Clay was 'offensive' on stage, and only those who chose to go and watch him (or who sought out his routine) were at risk for being offended.

Borat offends people he is in direct contact with, who did not necessarily seek out his routine.

To me, that is the reason I find Clay very funny, and Borat not at all funny.

And I agree with you, Ann, that he was parodying the male stereotype. I still have, at my desk, a snapshot of him from "Casual Sex", where he is reading the "Pretend You Are Sensitive Handbook". That's good comedy.

Gerry said...

And I think that "Casual Sex" did, at least among those who saw the movie, give him a smidge of lovableness, and it did show his sexism to be ironic.

Jeff said...

Quick, report him to the Dean!

Gahrie said...

Go back and compare Clay to Rosanne Barr when they were both beginning. Clay is run out of town, Barr gets a sitcom.

Joe said...

I remember when Clay first showed up. I have a very high tolerance of offensive things and I found him unbelievably offensive, even for me. I found no indication his act was parody--it was far too mean. It seems to me there is a lot of selective memory going on.