Monday, January 31, 2011

Gallagher Pt. 1

edit: the twitter account is fake according to Punchline, but who knows....

Anyone remember Gallagher? In the 80's he was well known for smashing watermelons onstage and that's about it. There are a couple of interviews archived around the internet in which he calls out everyone from Bill Clinton & Katie Couric to Michale Keaton, Leno & Letterman. In these interviews and a review of a show published in the Stranger a portrait is painted of a racist, homophobic old man bitter about how show biz passed him by. He recently did Marc Maron's WTF interview and when Maron raised these issues with him Gallagher was defensive and angry and eventually walked out.

His tweets are more of the same. I read through and was amazed. It is full of homophobia and more than a little racism. There is sexism and even some nationalism though most would read it as patriotism. There is a ton of patriarchal thinking and the whole thing is a mess. That said, it's also hilarious.

Before we begin, I'll share Gallagher's warning with you. In order. (Which is not how they now they appear on his page.) These weren't even in the first handful of tweets. This will seem more relevant later.

 Off to a great start eh? What's even better is his first tweet ever.


He follows it up with some good old fashion stereotyping and homophobia. Who doesn't know San Francisco is filled with gays...

That is quickly followed by a nice insult at Tracy Morgan, currently one of the funnier bits of 30 Rock, one of my favourite shows. Maybe I'm being sensitive but at the very least Tracy is really funny

 You know what makes a great follow up to racism? Homophobia! It's the same hate feeling with more hate filled undertones!

which is defended a tweet later with this gem:

I love it when old men yell get off my lawn over the internet.

Well that's all for now. Believe it or not there's enough material here for another post so part 2 will be coming soon.