I didn’t know whether to laugh or cringe during this explanation of the new TSA policies:
It perfectly sums up the Homeland Security response:
Q: So why do I have to go through all of this?
Wash, rinse, repeat.
(But hey, what’s with all the questions? Don’t you know loyal Americans just do as they’re told? Have we gone soft since the heyday of that great American, Joe McCarthy?)
This snippet from Colbert includes some of those moments when Colbert’s parody is uncomfortably close to actual bigotry, and you wonder if the audience is laughing with or at homophobia. Ditto for Colbert’s use of “hermaphrodite,” which is exactly the term his character would use, but – ugh.
Kudos to Colbert for raising a question that’s been bugging me too: What genius came up with the name “Rapiscan”?
Dave Barry complains in this NPR interview about finding out from the TSA that he’s got a dire physical condition: a blurred groin. Less jokingly, when host Melissa Block repeats the TSA line about the grope searches not being punishment for folks who opt out, Barry replies:
Well, I would say whoever wrote that it’s not punitive was not having his or her groin fondled at the time.
Sadly, the TSA Playmo set is no longer sold in stores, so you’ll just have to check out the rest of Solove’s wickedly wonderful post.