David Kirkpatrick

August 2, 2009

Joe Queenan is an idiot

Queenan was funny at one point. Now, not so much.

His bizarre appearance on the July 31 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher was head-scratchingly inane. He came off like a dusty old fart, made nonesensical non sequiturs, injected off-topic points into actual interesting and enlightening discussions and displayed the body language of a crackhead after nineteen hours without a glass pipe in his mouth.

The crowning achievement of stupid was interrupting Michael Ware, an Australian journalist who’s been kidnapped three time while reporting the Middle East, while he was making a point, albeit drawnout, on the state of affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the likelihood of actual talks between the US, those governments and the Taliban. During this cogent bit of analysis from someone with intimate knowledge of the region, Queenan saw fit to leap in with a defense of the rights of women in Afghanistan. What?

And that was the reaction from Maher and the rest of his panel. Uh Joe, I hope you find an appropriate treatment for whatever brand of idiocy that’s afflicted you.