The PJ Tatler

An Immodest Proposal

What this country needs is not a good five-cent cigar (where, after all, could you smoke it in comfort?) but a new TV network.  That might seem counterintuitive as Oprah’s OWN network hurtles to oblivion, but actually it is the Oprah failure which shows that a crying need—an unfulfilled market—actually exists.

What we need is the Politically InCorrect Network—the PIC Network.  No, I’m not talking about revival of Bill Maher’s dreary show by that name; I’m talking about a network which shows, in rotation, nothing but material which currently does not appear on other networks for fear that it “might offend.”  I’m talking about all those old films with black and Jewish and Irish and Italian and homosexual stereotypes—and all of the cartoons which also unapologetically contained such things.

I’m talking about films with Stepin Fetchit and Mantan Moreland.  Warner Oland playing Charlie Chan.  Mickey Rooney caricaturing a Japanese in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  John Barrymore trying to pretend to be a Jew in Counsellor at Law.  Films—and TV shows—with ethnic jokes and sex jokes.  I’m talking not only about the old Amos ‘n’ Andy TV show, but about practically any TV show that was done prior to about 1972, since these shows would have women who are unapologetically housewives and men who are breadwinners and who are not idiots or buffoons.

Let this stuff be available all around the clock, seven days a week, to anyone who wants to see it.  Let people see how not-vicious most of it is; how silly it was, for the most part, intended to be; and how funny a lot of it remains.  Let’s re-learn, as Americans, how to laugh again, and how to get over ourselves a little.

And, just by the way—the PIC Network would make a fortune.  Yeah, there’s a lot of “old stuff” on TV now already—as “nostalgia.”  Bah—who cares about nostalgia?  Un-PC humor is more forbidden than pornography, by several orders of magnitude.  Taboo TV would clean up.

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