Bob Raissman brings us more details on the outrage being felt throughout the offices of HBO sports. Headman Ross Greenburg didn’t want Artie Lange to appear on Joe Buck’s show, because he thought it would be too crass, but he was convinced by a couple of producers to change his mind. By now, we all know what followed.
So, HBO is too high class to have someone like Artie sullying their airwaves. Hey, speaking of HBO,Â did you read the Times today? There’s a preview of the network’s new show, which premieres next Sunday night.Â Pretty high class premise, if you ask me. It’s about a guy with a big cock.
I have no problem with HBO airing this show, even though it sounds retarded. My problem is, of course, the hypocrisy of a network which has no problem airing the Big Dick hour, or the porn star stands naked and talks about fucking hour, or 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl, but gets it’s collective panties in a bunch when someone curses on their beloved sports programming. Despite what Bryant Gumbel tells you, sports is not a high class enterprise. It appeals to our basest instincts, like the desire to beat someone else into submission.
There is one more thing I need to get off my chest. I didn’t actually think Artie on Joe Buck Live was all that funny. He just cursed a lot and said innapropriate things. Artie’s really funny on Letterman or Conan because he’s forced to censor himself, thus letting his stories be the punchlines. And they are very funny stories. When he’s free to say whatever he wants, I think he gets lazy and just curses, because he knows that will get laughs without too much effort. It’s a rhetorical crutch that I don’t think he needs.