It’s hard to imagine the narcissism involved in going to a comedy club when you’re a world famous politician and not expecting the comedians there to make jokes at your expense.
You’re a politician. Pretty much everyone despises your chosen profession. Only someone in love with themselves would be shocked by a professional comic joking about them, but apparently, that’s Hillary Clinton.
According to Judicial Watch, Clinton attended an evening of comedy at Hollywood’s The Laugh Factory. The comedians there held nothing back, with one even suggesting Clinton wasn’t mad about Monica Lewinsky because she actually had a thing for fat women herself.
Clips from five different comics were compiled into a short video and uploaded to the club’s website. That’s when things got really interesting.
The Clinton campaign has tried to censor the video, demanding it be taken down. Not only that, but they reportedly went a step further, demanding the personal contact info on the comics that appear in the club’s video.
That, to club owner Jamie Masada, is nothing to laugh about.
“They threatened me,” Masada told Judicial Watch. “I have received complains before but never a call like this, threatening to put me out of business if I don’t cut the video.”
Masada told Judicial Watch that no sooner was the video posted that received a call from a “prominent” person inside the Clinton machine.
“He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this,” Masada reportedly said. He claims the person then demanded the phone numbers of the comics in the video. He said he refused to turn them over and hung up on him, saying “the comedy stage is a sanctuary for freedom of speech no matter who is offended.”
“Just last night we had Dana Carvey doing Donald Trump and it was hilarious,” Masada said.
Here’s the video, but be warned — VERY NSFW LANGUAGE AHEAD:
The strategy of confronting the comedy club owner and demanding he take down a video from YouTube and then threatening him to get the phone numbers of the comics is asinine. Only a complete moron would think this would somehow keep the video from being seen.
In fact, it’s probable this request has increased the number of views multiple times over.
But more importantly, this is illustrative of the intolerance we’re seeing today of the exercise of free speech. Somehow this “prominent” person thinks it’s not only acceptable to demand the video be taken down, but they were going to call all the comedians too.
Remember, this person said the video was “disgusting.” It’s not likely they were getting the number so Clinton could call them and tell them individually how much she enjoyed the show.
Isn’t it more probable that the numbers were needed so the campaign could call the comedians and dress them down, demanding they stop making jokes at the expense of the candidate? Or to request they tone them down?
Now consider the chilling effect that could have on the entire industry. What would be the ripple effect of a call from the Secretary of State demanding they stop doing jokes about Hillary Clinton, or else?
Again, according to Masada, they didn’t politely ask. They threatened him.
It’s an intolerance for free speech that is behind many of the protests in America right now. It’s seen on college campus after college campus, as student leaders say they are tired of the First Amendment being used to justify speech they disagree with. It’s behind the call for “safe spaces” and speech codes.
And to what end? Control.
You control the speech, you control the debate. That’s why we were founded with a respect for free speech. If you can’t say what you want without being threatened by those in power (and we don’t mean lawsuits or anything like that, but real power, the power of government’s use of force), then you aren’t free.
Clinton’s campaign person, whoever it was, shows a willingness to not only silence these five comedians, but to send a shockwave through the entire industry, potentially chilling speech.
The only good part is how unlikely that is to happen, as comedians, for the most part, aren’t the type to just roll over and show their belly.
Team Clinton’s learning that the hard way.