January 11, 2004

Sometimes a Joke is Just a Joke

In his continuing war against John Derbyshire, Andrew Sullivan demonstrates that he has become entirely humorless on the subject of marriage.

Every now and again, the facade drops. Here's how John Derbyshire joked yesterday about marriage: ZSA ZSA'S GRASP OF MARRIAGE ESSENTIALS [John Derbyshire]:
A reader reminds me of Zsa Zsa Gabor's most inspired comment about her nine (?) marriages: "I'm a good housekeeper, darlink. I ALWAYS keep the house."
It's funny, of course. But notice the sub-text. Nine marriages? What a hoot. But while Derb yuks it up about straight people's abuse of the institution, he still finds inclusion of gay couples an abomination.

Any quotation of Willie Sutton creates a subtext in favor of bank robbery, though "of course" the actual text is just a joke. It was a joke and that's all.

Perhaps Andrew Sullivan would like John Derbyshire to spend his time exclusively on campaigning to ban Green Acres from Nickolodeon's lineup in future. No doubt he'd be happy to have one less opponent on the other side (or perhaps he'd like all of us on the Nickolodeon project) but you don't get to arrange other people's lives that way.

Posted by TMLutas at January 11, 2004 03:03 PM