Thursday, November 30, 2006

Demented DiVito: Inebriated Television

Several talk radio hosts have played portions of Danny DeVito's drunken, scatological emissions aired recently on some television program. (I didn't see it.) He was vulgar, idiotic, and perfectly in keeping of the tenor of most television. Someone who is inebriated lacks inhibition, is insensitive, irrational, and at odds with the good, the true, and the beautiful.

In that sense, then, DiVito's performance wasn't shocking or out of place at all. He was in his element. Television typically exhibits the marks of inebriation: it lacks restraint; it is callous; it is stupid and stupifying; and it pays no respect to the higher verities. It is, in a word, inebriated. It inebriates. It caters to the enebriated. DeVito was right at home--splashing in the druken sewer.

As Scripture says, "Be not drunk with wine, but filled with the Spirit." That is, shun both alchoholic and vidiotic forms of enebriation.

4 comments:

Weekend Fisher said...

Did you ever see Matilda? Danny DeVito played Matilda's father, but I believe he also produced and/or directed it. Based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name. In the movie, he plays a horrible father who is drunk all the time and makes fun of education and watches exceptionally stupid TV shows. The heroine of the story, little Matilda, reads ...

Douglas Groothuis said...

I have never seen a DeVito film and never will.

Yossman said...

Matilda reads and that's good. Matilda is the heroine of the story. Now, if DeVito produced and/or directed it, he in some ways must agree that reading is better than watching tv. We all like to model our heroes. I'm sure he's just behaving like that in order to get people away from tv.

Matilda is reading an that's good. Matilda also looks like my little niece in the US so I kept watching. I then found out that Matilda is actually a witch. A good witch of course.

William Bradford said...

DeVito was a babbling drunk so where is the outrage that was ubiquitous when Richards used the n word?