Archive for the 'Television' Category

04
Jun
07

Beating Around…

George W. Bush is more than likely going to go down in history as one of the worst presidents in the history of the United States. Though he never played a lyre while Washington burned nor tried to appoint his favorite horse to the priesthood, Mr. Bush may be as close to an American parallel to Nero or Caligula as we are likely to get, at least where damage to the imperial reputation is concerned. One power that the emperors of old had that Mr. Bush does not is the ability to silence those who ridicule him, though it is probable that he wishes he did. Every president has been subject to his fair share of derision, but Mr. Bush might be the only president to bear the distinction of having two television programs dedicated specifically to lampooning him.

On June 13, Comedy Central will premiere the animated series Lil’ Bush, which paints the president and his closest confidants as modern-day counterparts to the Little Rascals of old. An unflattering portrayal of Mr. Bush, to be sure, and no doubt an indication of his current status in American society. Of course, this is not the first time.

Way back in the halcyon days that were the spring of 2001, Comedy Central briefly aired a sitcom entitled That’s My Bush!, the brainchild of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The show was canceled due to high production costs.

It’s really a shame that nobody ever made a sitcom about a Roman Emperor; between Everybody Loves Caracalla and Domitian Knows Best, the possibilities are limitless.