Tuesday, February 28, 2006

This is very sad.
Comic Linda Smith, a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, has died of cancer at the age of 48.

I saw her a number of times on Have I Got News For You.

She was about as funny as cancer...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

And because she wasn't funny you can make a tasteless joke about her dying of cancer? So that others like me can post to point out how offensive that is? And you can laugh it off because it's your blog and you like to provoke a reaction? Let's face it there can be no other purpose for this posting.

I hope that if or when anyone close to you dies that others show greater compassion to you.

Devil's Kitchen said...

They did, thank you.

Actually, I almost missed a trick with this one. I was going to write that "she was as funny as a kick in the nuts", but luckily my wit came to the rescue...

Actually, I was being economical with the truth. In my opinion, not only was she not funny, but she came over as a bitter, unsympathetic, socialist harridan. I've shown her precisely as much sympthy as she showed to her own targets.

I imagine that she'd have laughed at the joke, which is the one and only reason that I would ever have considered not posting it.

DK

Mark Holland said...

Dennis Weaver's passed away too.

Deogolwulf said...

"So that others like me can post to point out how offensive that is?"

Ah, yes, the pompous art of finding things offensive.

Anonymous said...

I've never seen her/heard of her so don't doubt your assessment of her politics or humour. But I agree with Anon that joking about someone else's death isn't exactly incisive poltical comment is it? What was the point of your post? i imagine the lefties will dance on thatcher's grave when the time comes but political difference shouldn't justify cheap jokes. just a thought. Not sure why it's pompous to find things offensive either but what do i know. I don't think it's a case of never speak ill of the dead but unless someone's been particularly evil then let'em go in peace

Devil's Kitchen said...

So would the post have been more justified had I said that she was "as funny as a kick in the nuts", rather than "as funny as cancer"? Genuinely interested, BTW.

To be honest, the only point of the post - beyond spiteful whimsy - was that I particularly disliked her and thought I'd point that out before everyone started weeping bitter tears over her passing.

Why should people achieve saint status because they are dead. If I think that she was bigoted and unfunny when alive, then why should I refrain from saying so when she's dead?

I'm sure that the Lefties will dance on Thatcher's grave when she goes, and they'll still be wrong. I shall happily continue to point out that they are wrong whether she's dead or not, frankly.

DK

Anonymous said...

I think the point was more why bother putting the boot into a dead non-entity when it's unnecessary, the said non-entity can't defend themselves, and as you said your self it's just spiteful. If it HAD been a counter-reaction to bitter tears it might have been appropriate but pre-emptive nastiness? not for me.

MatGB said...

Annoymouse, I could defend her, I'm something of a fan. I'm afraid that not know who she is shows you to not be a radio 4 listener, which means that, well, my opinion of your opinion counts for slightly less overall, however this is DK. You expect this sort of thing here, welcome to the Kitchen.

Besides, she doesn't care what people write about her now, she's dead. As a committed humanist, all that matters is her legacy. That people are writing about her at all (and that there's going to be a special on her tomorrow night) shows that she has one.

Anonymous commenters don't get a legacy. At all.

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