Now and then, in the beginning, some of their writers were capable of turning the lingo of American Evangelicalism into genuinely funny satire:
I don’t care who you are, that’s funny!
But those days are long past, because the Bee, like so much of American white conservative Christianity, came to believe in MAGA freak show theology so that they might know, love and serve Donald Trump in this life and (they imagine) be happy with him in the next. Consequently they have become tediously unfunny. The reason is given by reader Evan Cogswell, who compares what has now simply become a site devoted to selfish white conservative bullying and and self-pity to actual satire in the Onion:
This morning I saw headlines from two different satire sites. Or more accurately, one from a satire site and one from an unfunny wannabe satire site.
Both made jokes about yesterday’s tragic shooting in Atlanta, but the crucial difference is the direction of the humor. The one from The Onion (seen below)
punched up at the tone deaf statement from the police officer for his horrific and appalling comment that mass murder can be attributed to having a bad day. It’s an example of the weak mocking the powerful.
The one from The Babylon Bee mocks victims and their families by “joking” about white supremacy not factoring into the killing.
As racism was unquestionably a factor in the crime, and as Asian-Americans have stated white supremacy was involved in the murderer’s motivations, the Bee‘s post is not only offensive but actively attacks the victims, their families, and anyone acknowledging the role racism played in yesterday’s shooting. This is not only an example of how satire needs to be based on an element of truth and mock those in positions of power, but also making up headlines as a “joke” is not satire and can be deeply hurtful and offensive.
Real satire always punches up and never down while right wing lie machine “humor” always punches down and never up. In the Bee‘s case, that is no accident, since its editor is a transparent racist who tells the targeted victims of mass murder and systemic oppression to quit whining:
That’s not a one-off. He hits the marks every time for tired white racist rhetoric, whether it’s “Yay for killer cops!” or “There is no such thing as racism in America!” or “Trumps respect for loser POWs like McCain and dead loser troops is as unparalleled as his magnificent criminal neglect of the Pandemic!”
This is racist, self-pitying, bullying that uses the Bee as a platform to lash out at perfectly legitimate criticism of its racist, self-pitying bully of an editor. It is the service of an antichrist gospel.
How do I know? Because I know Scripture.
When a man specifically targets Asians for massacre, the response of a Normal to such a crime is “My condolences to the Asian community for this outrageous assault, capping a year long spike in such crimes against you. We need to put a stop to this.” As Paul says, “Weep with those who weep.”
The response of a MAGA moron like Berry is oblivious to the suffering of the victims and all about Culture War. His first and last instinct is to cry, “The Left is the real problem. And Asians are gullible mind-controlled suckers, just like those paranoid blacks, if they think they are victims of racial hostility.”
It’s a narcissistic jerk response from a defender of white domestic terror pretending to be a humorist.
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” (Proverbs 26:18-19)
God “has cast down the mighty in their arrogance and lifted up the lowly” according to Our Lady. MAGA humor does exactly the opposite: casting down the victim and lifting up the victimizer: because its heart is with the victimizer as the defender of MAGA privilege and against the victim as a threat to that privilege. It is the mentality that gave us Limbaugh’s Homeless Updates, Trump’s mockery of POWs and Gold Star Families and this:
It is from hell and God hates it. So do all Normals, which is why this monstrous sect and its organs like the Bee are a scandal and a hissing and the gravest threat the gospel faces in this hour. Its “humor” is nothing but Unit Cohesion propaganda for slaves of the devil and inspires only the ice cold laughter of pride at the sight of Jesus on the cross and present in the lowly, the poor, and the oppressed.
I spit on it.