Wednesday, January 23, 2008

If you can't stand the heat, don't go to the roast.

So ESPN personality Dana Jacobson was suspended by the boo-yah network. Evidently she dropped the f bomb three times while on stage at a roast for co-workers Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.

It wasn't the f bombs that got her suspended, it was how she dropped the f bombs.

Golic is a former Notre Dame defensive lineman, and Jacobson often gives him grief for it. She decided to go a little farther with her pokes at the roast. "F**k Notre Dame. F**k Touchdown Jesus. F**k Jesus." Reports from several people who were at the event say Jacobson's teeth were floating, and that she was escorted off stage to boos.

I'm okay with the suspension, but only because she was drunk. This is a roast, folks. It's not family friendly viewing. If you've ever seen any of the Comedy Central roasts with William Shatner or Pamela Anderson you know how raunchy things get. It's not a lesson in discretion, it's not a friendly poking of the ribs, it's an all out slamfest where everyone that takes the podium goes to the farthest lengths to offend and disgust. This definition is from Wiki, so take it with a grain of salt, but I consider it an apt analyzation; "A roast, in North American English, is an event in which an individual is subject to publicly bearing insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, racial stereotypes, and heartwarming tributes."


So Christians were offended. Wow. That's never happened. My heart goes out to them. After all, they've seen such persecution through their history.

Comedian Jeffrey Ross was onstage at the roast that night, before Jacobson took the mic. He stood next to the Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, with Mike Ditka also near. Ross ripped the cheap look of the set, calling it "lamer than Ditka's cock."

Ditka laughed.

Kelly Tilghman's recent comments about golfers needing to lynch Tiger Woods were way out of line. They were made on a live, national broadcast. Yes, they were in jest, but they were inappropriate.

Jacobson was at a roast, in a totally different situation, poking at a totally different subject. A University of Michigan Jew giving her co-worker, a Notre Dame Catholic, a hard time. A joke between friends, lost outside of context.

Get over it.


Nate said...

By the way, Ditka's member would still beat Green Bay by at least three touchdowns.

Jon Gold said...

Eat some ribs and say "da bears" when you talk like that.

Also, doesn't saying "my teeth are floating" mean "I have to whizz," rather than "I'm drunk?"

andrewswift said...

I always wanted to be roasted. Would make for good TV.