As Ed Driscoll notes, just last week Whoopi put out a book called Is It Just Me?, which is all about how people are too rude these days. Here’s the pitch from the publisher:
Have you noticed that things aren’t as civil as they once were? Or that rudeness is no longer an exception but a lifestyle? Sure you have. All you need to do is set foot outside your door to see that bad manners are taking over everywhere. People are yakking on cell phones in restaurants, even at church. Folks in carpools wear enough cologne to make our eyes bleed. Complete strangers think it’s OK to rub a pregnant lady’s belly. Passengers abuse flight attendants, family outings to the ball park are ruined by rowdy drunks . . . a congressman heckled the President of the United States.
A couple of yentas walked off their own show because somebody dared to mention the one thing all the 9/11 hijackers had in common, and the reason they did what they did.
Well, Whoopi Goldberg has noticed all this and more and asked herself, “Is it just me?” Unleashing her trademark irreverence and humor, her new book of observations takes a funny and excruciatingly honest look at how a loss of civility is messing with the quality of life for all of us.
Civility. Like this.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtwjVV9uZcI
“Kiss my ass, you bitch.” If anybody knows from civil, it’s Whoopi!
So if your pet peeve is folks who talk in movie theaters like it was their living room, or if you get bugged by people clipping their nails and performing other personal hygiene next to you on the bus, or if you cringe when “please” and “thank you” get replaced by “gimme” and “huh?” . . . you have found a kindred spirit. Because Whoopi has witnessed the growing disrespect and rudeness in our lives and realized she is not alone. And, as you’ll discover in these pages, neither are you.
I really want to buy a book on politeness from this polite lady. Or maybe I’ll pick up Amy Alkon’s I See Rude People instead. It’s on the same topic, but unlike Whoopi, Amy’s funny and she wrote it herself.
In other screeching harpy news, Joy Behar followed up her walkout by inviting Jesse Ventura on her show to talk about it. Ventura started off as a wrestler, became a state governor, and is now a 9/11 Truther. So it’s all been downhill. As Allahpundit at Hot Air points out:
Not only does Joy have a stronger stomach for Trutherism than for O’Reilly’s outrageously outrageous reminder that the hijackers were Muslim, she’s willing to prove it by sitting down with one of America’s most famous Truthers on the very day that she staged her walkout. And not only that, but Ventura actually reminds her here that he’s a Truther (of the “just asking questions” variety, to be sure) — and she doesn’t bat an eye. So not only is she petulant, unprofessional, and soft on conspiracy theorists, she’s happy to flaunt it on all three counts.
Watch these two numbskulls for yourself if you feel like it. I don’t.
P.S. Andrew Klavan: “The woman who clutched her crotch because the President was named Bush and told protesters she disagreed with to ‘Kiss my butt!’ is lecturing us on civility… Why? Because incivility is just one more leftist code word for ‘Shut up if you disagree.’ My response? Kiss my Whoopi.”
P.P.S. O’Reilly talked about it on his show too, of course. What he fails to realize, and what any liberal can tell you, is that the 9/11 hijackers just happened to be Muslim. They didn’t even know they all had it in common until they were about to hit the Twin Towers. “What’s that, Mohammed? You love Allah? Hey, me too! Small world. Whoa, watch it, a little more to the left.”