I may have been a little hard on Larry Wilmore in my last post, but I think it’s understandable. I know he’s a comedian, but when you run a show called The Nightly Show and you follow The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, we’re all going to have some expectations. For example, last night Larry followed Jon Stewart doing a serious and somewhat outgoing interview with Judith Miller about how she and the media contributed to the start of the Iraq war.
I never expected Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert. Really it was pretty gutsy of him to even take the time slot, but at the same time Jon Stewart and The Cobert Report united all of us while pointing out the insanity of government, big business, and crazy people in general. I think Larry is focusing to much on race to do the same thing. I know there are some real racial issues in this country that need to be dealt with, but you shouldn’t be relating everything to race. We shouldn’t be looking at this as a problem between white and black people, but as a problem with the people who make the laws and enforce them. I think most of us look forward to the day that race isn’t an issue.
On the plus side I’m watching more Conan, although I’m missing @Midnight more often, so there is some good and bad about my new TV schedule. I am afraid that when Jon Stewart leaves I may not have a reason to watch late night TV. I wouldn’t mind watching less TV, but news is going to be a lot more depressing than it has been without late night on Comedy Central.
I’ve generally enjoyed The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, but I’ve never been a big fan of the racial tendencies. Well last night The Nightly Show finally put me over the edge, and I think I’m done, it’s become apparent that this show is not for regular people, it’s for regular black people. It reminds me of a comedian from a couple decades ago who would try to generalize everything in order to make racial jokes.
Last night Larry Wilmore’s show was about the Baltimore riots following Freddie Gray’s death. He started out strong by calling out Fox News for not being able to relate and using racial stereotypes, but then he himself started doing the very same thing. It seems a little strange when Larry refers to the protesters as we. Then Phillip Agnew tries to justify the riots by saying that black people weren’t getting any attention until they started burning things, which is a little over the top. I would have loved to see Martin Luther King Jr. on the panel after comments like that. Then Larry starts talking about white people riots and how they don’t burn their own things, which I’m still curious as to what that was about. I also enjoyed the comment by Kerry Coddett about white people rioting over sports games, I wasn’t paying attention to skin colors, but I think sports are a pretty universal thing. Anyways, here we are talking about racism and riots instead of important problems like the neglect and death of innocent people.
You know once we almost had a riot here in our small town. The KKK were having a parade through town and a riot started to break out against the parade (even though we didn’t have a lot of diversity around here). Guess that was one of those “white people” riots with their stupid first world problems…
I could cry, I don’t think I’ve ever been sadder about a show ending than The Colbert Report. A truly epic last episode though; talk about an all star cast! Also for those of you who haven’t been watching, you’ve been missing out. If you thought Stephen Colbert was outgoing before, picture that plus a guy who just put in his two weeks because he got a better job. Yeah, it’s been pretty crazy, but it couldn’t have been a better end to a show I’ve rarely missed over the past 9 years. At least Jon Stewart doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. 🙂
No worries though, the Colbert Nation will live on in my gut, and will forever be remembered.
It will be strange to see another show on after The Daily Show. It’s to bad John Oliver has his show on HBO, because I’m sure he would have gotten the spot. I do like the new Nightly Show name, I just hope Larry Wilmore is up for it. I still remember ten some odd years ago when I was thinking that Colbert would probably take Jon Stewart’s job when he left. Now here I am talking about who will replace Stephen Colbert for the time slot after Jon Stewart.