Glory, Scandal, Redemption, Nostalgia, and Marion Barry

Is our fascination with nostalgia some sort of attempt to forge the stories of our own struggles and redemption?

If so, consider some scandal nostalgia: it might be for a financial scandal (Michael Milken), a sex scandal (Michael Jackson), a drug scandal (Robert Downey, Jr.), a criminal scandal (OJ Simpson), or a race-driven scandal (Harry Reid).

However, only Marion Barry, to my knowledge, can lay claim to being involved in all the above scandal categories and yet manage to be continually redeemed by voters.

Faced with a torrent of criticism from his colleagues and other city residents, Marion Barry apologized Thursday afternoon for his Election Day suggestion that Asian business owners in his ward “ought to go.”

If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny.

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About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on April 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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