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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Mel Gibson Triggers Red State Flip-Out

I was driving through Tennessee on the opening weekend of The Passion of the Christ (aka The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre). There were people lined up four deep around the block for Saturday matinees; Churches were giving away tickets to non-believers if they saw it with one of the faithful; Sunday signs said "Go See the Passion, then Come Here and We'll Explain it For You," leading me to dub the film "The Star Wars of the South."

Imagine the horror of the faithful when their own personal Obi Wan Kenobi, Mel Gibson, appeared on the radio show of loyal Bush apparatchik Sean Hannity following the People's Choice Awards. Gibson said he thinks "a lot of what" President Bush "does is good," but he has been "having my doubts of late. It's all to do with these weapons [of mass destruction] that we can't seem to find, and why did we go over there [to Iraq]."

Hannity, a graduate of the Armstrong Williams school of journalism ethics, quickly cut him off and changed the subject. Alas, it was too late, and the damage was done. Favorite blogger sport du jour: visiting right-wing web sites, watching wingnuts explode.