Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s much publicized Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear event in Washington DC is turning out to be quite popular with people. Huffington Post’s Sanity Bus reported transporting around 10,000 people from New York to DC. (Read Rally to Restore Sanity LIVE: Video, Updates…)
This rally is in response to Glenn Beck’s rally held on August 28th of this year. Hence the following:
I wrote a simple article about Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally (read The Glenn Beck DC Rally is Part of the American Cartoon, & That’s Why It’s So Popular). I received much criticism and personal attack (which I enjoyed). I found that by calling Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally a cartoon, I had struck many nerves, and those nerves responded by saying “Go back to your pansexual bars” (my favorite response), and “Enjoy your 15 seconds of fame with this [Glenn Beck] article,” and “America’s not a cartoon!!!”
In light of that, I don’t want to neglect poking fun at Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear because then I will be cast off as a left-wing, partisan hack who only makes fun of ultra-conservative Tea Party maniacs. Well, folks, I am more dynamic than that.
So: Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear is a joke. I am not surprised the rally is so popular and so many of Stewart’s fans are latching onto it. Americans will get excited over anything, especially if they expect to be part of a spectacle.
Stewart’s rally fits into the overall theme of America being a cartoon. Why is America a cartoon? Because: America is a caricature. America is an overreaction, a cliché, it’s too colorful, it runs on irritating jingles, and constantly relies on childish maxims. America operates on stereotypes, it is wasteful, it thrives on tension and fear-based competition.
Sound like Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity? Sound like most Americans? Sound like television?
I certainly think so. And the more cartoonish it becomes, the more Americans will support it.
The only difference between Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart’s rallies? Stewart knows his rally is a cartoon.