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(Buzzfeed)   Because his pretaped monologue featured several Batman jokes, Craig Ferguson took the monologue off the program and replaced it with this heartfelt address   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 24
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2012-07-22 03:07:53 AM
4 votes:

Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.


Craig's made these kind of monologues before. He was the only late night host to refuse to mock Brittney Spears when she was going through her problems because it was too close to his own past issues with alcohol. He's genuinely one of the good ones.
2012-07-23 04:44:06 AM
2 votes:

Renowned transvestite sexologist: You know, he's a pussy. This fear of living is unacceptable.


What do those two things have to do with each other? He felt it was in poor taste to run a segment where he says "It's a great day for America" and did a bunch of "Batman" jokes in the wake of horrific events directly tied (fairly or not) to the movie in the psyches of many people - events that made it not a great day. As such, he taped a new opening and explained why.

How is this being a pussy? How is this fear of anything? He made a judgment call based on his personal sense of right and wrong.

It's not like he went off half-cocked writing pissy little insults about strangers on internet forums.
2012-07-22 02:48:10 PM
2 votes:
Team Craig. That is all.
2012-07-22 02:44:40 PM
2 votes:

DemoKnite: Maybe because I lived in the UK for so long, or just didnt catch the right show or give it enough time, I just dont get the Ferguson love that is displayed especially here on Fark. I suspect it comes from a bit of nationalism where a foreigner that is not brown and from the UK to boot is willing to officially become an American so we think "hey, he gets it". All that not withstanding, I dont sense the funny.


I think it's because, in general, you know you are watching a guy who is not a raging egomaniac, and seems to have at least a foot on the ground. I can also appreciate someone who is willing to admit his awful past mistakes that doesn't come across in a "Look at me! I'm special!" kind of way. I don't care about his love for America. I just know when I tune in I'll see something halfway unique, and on rare occasions will see something heartfelt that not a single one of the other late night hosts is ever going to do.

I know there's a strong strain of wanting to tear down good or successful people -- especially in internet forums -- but it's so rare we get someone with a modicum of sense in a decent high position in the entertainment industry that sometimes it is good to celebrate that person.
2012-07-22 08:35:09 AM
2 votes:
I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.
2012-07-22 07:17:05 AM
2 votes:
Good on you, Craig. One of the reasons you're one of the best late night hosts we'll ever see.

Now, can you please convince Kristen Bell to come back and do a show in her underwear?
2012-07-22 06:45:52 AM
2 votes:

Mark Ratner: Lsherm: Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.

I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.

I like the guy too, but don't be so naive.


There's a fine line between naivete and crushing cynicism. You're so far on the other side, there's no reason to argue anything. You made your judgement with absolutely no information whatsoever. That's cynicism. And it flies in the face of what you just watched. So shad up.


Meanwhile, I came to this board to say that though I don't watch his show, this guy has consistently shown a great deal of character whenever his work comes across my field of view. He's classy as fark.

(And he deserves better than a bunch of self-aggrandizing bullshiat from Mark Ratner. No fist bump, douche.)
2012-07-22 04:28:11 AM
2 votes:

Coelacanth: Leno would've rerun an old show.


How can you tell they're new?
2012-07-22 12:04:50 AM
2 votes:
Was watching that last night...

Classy move.
2012-07-22 05:34:50 PM
1 votes:

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


You sound a lot like me when I was in my teens. I do understand where you're coming from, and though I'm pretty sure it would anger you (it would have me), I feel for you that you actually feel that way. I also understand the dejection and cynicism inherent in such a rant.

Just because people dying is a part of life does not mean it is something to be ignored, nor something that isn't emotionally devastating. Just because people die in other circumstances does not mean that the death of a different group of people is not both sad and significant. While what I guess is the origin of your feelings is that we _should_ care about everyone else dying is getting translated into what comes across as an asshole nature, you should consider that with everything else in the world, the people who are close to us really are one of the few things that matters and lasts. When you see people upset over this and talking -- at least excluding newscasters -- you're often seeing a mixture of emotions indicating how fragile and evanescent life can be, and people waking up to a moment for how quickly those close to them could be taken away from them. When you hear people say, "Imagine it was your child," they're being more honest than the rest. When we see things like this, it is natural to imagine, "That could have been someone I loved." And if you love someone deeply, the thought of them being taken out by a psychopath in an innocuous setting is absolutely horrifying.

I agree with you entirely that none of these people are heroes, and that the hagiography present in the media whenever people die is both absurd and counter-productive, but I really think you are missing the ultimate emotional point of it all: it's about handling loss, and thinking about the loss you would feel in those circumstances. People don't associate as strongly with, "The guy starving in Africa" or "The gang kid shot in the street" because they're just not going to lose people that way. Perhaps they should. But everyone can understand the feeling of someone he or she loves being in the wrong place at the wrong time and having their lives ended senselessly.
2012-07-22 01:45:06 PM
1 votes:
He couldn't run an old episode because his slogan is "It's a great day for America". There was no other way to run an old show. Best way of handling this.
2012-07-22 01:44:24 PM
1 votes:

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it


or even hears about it ... which probably explains why they don't give it any thought.

Dumbass.

Large events get larger coverage. Details at 11.

:K
2012-07-22 12:53:22 PM
1 votes:

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.



I don't think it's fair to rail against the people that died though. Saying they're getting their 15 minutes of fame? Wtf? I'm sure their families would much rather have had them come home that night. Yes, there's a lot of bad shiat that happens in this world and this is some bad shiat. Media insanity aside, there are a lot of people hurting and devastated. Dismissing this as a baker's dozen being murdered like it's nothing makes you more of an asshole than anything else you said.
2012-07-22 11:14:18 AM
1 votes:

gopher321: There is a big room with four corners. In the first corner, you find Superman. In the second corner you find Batman. In the third corner you find Spiderman. And in the fourth corner you find a gorgeous, extremely intelligent, 100% natural blonde woman with a ultra-thin magazine-model figure. In the center of the room there is a pot of gold. Who gets to the pot of gold first?

A: None, because none of these characters exist.



Yeah, but neither does the pot of gold.
2012-07-22 11:13:22 AM
1 votes:

rc3ntexas: I don't watch paid programming


Huh?? It's ALL paid programming.

And you're doing yourself a disservice, cause Ferguson hosts a consistently funny, offbeat show, and his guest interviews are an absolute joy to watch, he always gets MUCH more fun out of them than other hosts, even the good ones like Letterman and Conan. And one of the surprising factors is, like mentioned above, Ferguson has a rare humanity about him, very honest and down-to-earth.
2012-07-22 09:36:56 AM
1 votes:

I try to catch Craig's show when I can. Yes, he does tend to lean a lot on sexual jokes (Lesbian's Row, all the gay sexual innuendos with Geoff) which sometimes gets repetitive, but it's a funny show. I think Ferguson does guest interviews better than any of the other hosts. And I like the weirdness of the show (big cash prizes, awkward silence, the march of the host and the women). Nice he did this opening change.


I hope he stays in this time slot because if they ever offered him an earlier time they would probably sanitize his show to death.

2012-07-22 09:26:38 AM
1 votes:

The1andonlyZack: I hate how because people die in a huge news story type killing they are somehow more deserved of sympathy or prayers or whatever, innocent people get shot everyday and nobody outisde of their loved ones gives two shiats or gives a second thought to it. BUT HOLY shiat a bakers dozen dies at a movie theater at the big new movie and they are heroes and deserviing of getting talked about for the next 2 weeks; getting their 15 minutes of fame after they die. I know this isn't popular sentiment and that I'll be viewed as an asshole; whatever. There are kids starving to death as we speak who the world will never know as individuals. People die, it's a part of life; most circumstances don't warrant they are any more special than any other.

/rant over.


It's not that these people are more special than anyone else. I think it's more the shock that a human being can do something like this. It's pretty unthinkable. Yes people die every day. Most are anonymous. Quite a few no one cares about. It happens.

IMO There were a couple heroes. The guy who shielded his girlfriend is a hero to me. He knew he was risking his life to save hers. That to me is a hero.
2012-07-22 08:14:31 AM
1 votes:
This guy has always been a class act. This isn't the first time he's done something like this. As mentioned before he came on & said he wasn't going to poke fun at Britney when she melted down. Every other host as afiak did. You can't fake that kind of emotion. He, like the rest of us, was stunned by what happened. He could have run what was taped in it's entirety or he could have just run a rerun.

Craig pretty much gets to do whatever the fark he wants to on his show. The producers were hounding to get a live band so his show could be like pretty much every other late night show. He basically said fark you. It's my show & had some strange type of band. It was a while ago so I don't remember exactly what was in the "band." In the end they let him get his way. You'll notice he doesn't have a band. His point was made very clear to the network. So Mark Ratner I may be nieve but I'd rather be nieve than cynical. Especially after this weekend's events I'd rather try to look on the bright side of life. I'd rather think people as a whole are better than they are.
2012-07-22 08:11:40 AM
1 votes:

Lsherm: Nah, he's definitely not American. If you watch the video, he really wants to rail against our gun laws, but he doesn't know how to do it, and it pains him.


I think he might disagree with you:

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2012-07-22 05:24:14 AM
1 votes:
Not to rip on anyone I see posting here, but if only slate.com "Dear Prudie" threads were met with such scrutiny...
2012-07-22 04:16:22 AM
1 votes:
Leno would've rerun an old show.
2012-07-22 01:23:43 AM
1 votes:

Mark Ratner: /has he been here long enough, where we can claim him has our own funny American with an accent?


He actually has dual citizenship. He kinda made a big deal about taking the citizenship test and all the formalities about it on the show.
2012-07-22 12:46:15 AM
1 votes:
Q: How many Batmans does it take to change a light-bulb?

A: None. They like the dark.


...

Batman and Robin are camping in the desert, set up their tent and are asleep. Some hours later, Batman wakes his faithful friend. "Robin, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Robin replies, " I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?" asks Batman.

Robin ponders for a minute.

"Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.

Chronologically, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three.

Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

What does it tell you, Batman?"

Batman is silent for a moment, then speaks:

" Robin, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent."



...



There is a big room with four corners. In the first corner, you find Superman. In the second corner you find Batman. In the third corner you find Spiderman. And in the fourth corner you find a gorgeous, extremely intelligent, 100% natural blonde woman with a ultra-thin magazine-model figure. In the center of the room there is a pot of gold. Who gets to the pot of gold first?

A: None, because none of these characters exist.
2012-07-22 12:32:49 AM
1 votes:

Mark Ratner: He's a hero. An inspiration to us all that had a pre-taped monologue, but had no choice after the fact, than deliver a heartfelt message because our bosses at the network told us to do it.


I think he probably chose to do it. The usual response is to just run an old show. He even referred to it in his monologue.
 
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