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'Red Eye': The Official Litmus Test for Squares

Posted by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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So by now, you know Stephen Colbert ran an obviously sarcastic clip from Fox News's Red Eye as an example of right-wing rage at President Obama—"the equivalent of running something from The Onion as a real news story," host Andy Levy charged Thursday night.

What you might not know is this is the second time in just the last week that theRed Eye gang has completely punked the media spheres that could never imagine something cool or relevant happening on Fox. Last Thursday, Greg, Bill, and Andy booked indie music icon Ariel Pink as a guest on the show—a guy whose politics are pretty typically post-9/11 far left

The infamous hipster music publication Pitchfork wrote up the appearance Saturday and placed it as the site's featured story. Tagged "WTF," authors Jenn Pelly and Evan Minsker thrice caveated their use of a positive adjective: "The idea of pop eccentric Ariel Pink appearing on a Fox News program is actually kind of incredible, in its own way."

And, true to form, Stereogum rewrote the Pitchfork story six hours later, taking a far more critical tack, a Colbert-esque reveal of knee-jerk hate. "Now Murdoch’s right-wing media empire has again demonstrated their interest in engaging with a younger and more 'alternative' demographic," wrote Liz Pelly, "or at least that seems it might have been a motivation in bringing on Ariel Pink as a recent guest on the satirical program Red Eye With Greg Gutfield."

Of course, it couldn't just be that Greg's a fan, which one could never find out within the span of a 10-second Google search. And that's not all. "Watch him talk with a bunch of squares," Pelly said of the panel—which I'm sure comedian Sherrod Small might contest—and conjured up some outrage about a "sexist" joke about women "not liking robots except maybe vacuum robots." 

Notice a pattern here? Red Eye has become a litmus test for squares, the kind of people who think that women are the butt of that joke and not sexism itself—the kind of people who find proper execution of Stephen Colbert's only joke laughable.

Red Eye has quite the record of zeitgeist: from a feud with Chris Brown thatdominated Reddit to getting ripped off by Jay Leno's writers to beating CNN primetime's ratings, the insane talent behind the show has consistently pushed its profile way beyond what anything else airing on 3 AM on a news network reviled by the entertainment world would ever achieve.

That's because Red Eye isn't a political show. It's not a testing ground for talking points against Obama or Democrats; it's not meant to make news with gaffes from consultants, spokesfolks, or politicians. It's just a place to have fun, a show where Ariel Pink is not only welcome but pursued—where former Governor Mike Huckabee does the voice-over for a segment honoring Torche. 

Most importantly, it's the greatest parody of cable news' foibles that has ever existed. It's so damn funny in the same way Portlandia is funny; Red Eye is mocking what it is, not what it hates. The showrunners all work in cable news. They take the panel discussion format and, instead of blathering about legislative sausage making, they riff on pigs wearing sweatpants in hot cars.

I find it hard to believe Stephen Colbert or his writers didn't know Greg and Andy were being facetious in the clips they pulled Wednesday night. All it would take is five seconds of context in either direction to figure it out. At best, they really didn't get the joke, and that proves them dumber than the flyover rednecks they hate. At worst, they knew and ran with it anyway, because "LOL! Faux News" certainly didn't jump the shark in 2010.

Either way, the Colbert team's a bunch of squares. It's been objectively proven now.

by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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29again
by Gold Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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I love catching Red Eye, especially now that it is on on Sat evening!

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Especially America's Sweetheart, Andy Levy.


Quoting 29again:

I love catching Red Eye, especially now that it is on on Sat evening!



29again
by Gold Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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I prefer GG.  Don't know why, I think it's because of how he talks...  I like how he puts things, his analogies, etc.  I could listen to him talk all day long.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Especially America's Sweetheart, Andy Levy.


Quoting 29again:

I love catching Red Eye, especially now that it is on on Sat evening!




Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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I haven't watched it but once  maybe twice?  I think and I think I fell asleep..it was late at night..LOL  We watch the Five, Hannity, and my husband just has to watch O'reilly.  I'm not really an O'reilly fan..  I like Hannity the best, and love to watch Michelle Malkin when she comes on as a guest speaker (sp)..

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM
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 I watch Red Eye every night.  Even though they will discuss current events, they are also hysterically funny.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Greg is like a 10 year old in a 49-year old body. Love him too.  :)


Quoting 29again:

I prefer GG.  Don't know why, I think it's because of how he talks...  I like how he puts things, his analogies, etc.  I could listen to him talk all day long.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Especially America's Sweetheart, Andy Levy.


Quoting 29again:

I love catching Red Eye, especially now that it is on on Sat evening!






SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 12:16 AM
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I record Red Eye. Don't always watch it, but I love it.


Quoting Ednarooni160:

I haven't watched it but once  maybe twice?  I think and I think I fell asleep..it was late at night..LOL  We watch the Five, Hannity, and my husband just has to watch O'reilly.  I'm not really an O'reilly fan..  I like Hannity the best, and love to watch Michelle Malkin when she comes on as a guest speaker (sp)..



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Who are your favorites? I like the President of Red Eye, Ambassador John Bolton. And Gavin. And Gavin's dad.

Don't like Gavin's brother, though.


Quoting grandmab125:

 I watch Red Eye every night.  Even though they will discuss current events, they are also hysterically funny.



grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM

 I think Gregg and Andy.  Fill me in on Bill. Is he really gay, and does he actually have any daughters, or is it all a part of thier shtick?

Quoting SallyMJ:

Who are your favorites? I like the President of Red Eye, Ambassador John Bolton. And Gavin. And Gavin's dad.

Don't like Gavin's brother, though.

 

Quoting grandmab125:

 I watch Red Eye every night.  Even though they will discuss current events, they are also hysterically funny.

 

 

 

grandma B

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 1:48 AM

I think it's all schtick.

I don't think he's gay. He plays it too hard that it becomes satire. The three of them are like grade school buddies who all become adolescent boys when they get together.

No illegitimate daughters - Notice how Bill always gives them new names every time he talks about them.


Quoting grandmab125:

 I think Gregg and Andy.  Fill me in on Bill. Is he really gay, and does he actually have any daughters, or is it all a part of thier shtick?

Quoting SallyMJ:

Who are your favorites? I like the President of Red Eye, Ambassador John Bolton. And Gavin. And Gavin's dad.

Don't like Gavin's brother, though.


Quoting grandmab125:

 I watch Red Eye every night.  Even though they will discuss current events, they are also hysterically funny.



 



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