The Colbert Flu - Journal of Omnifarious
May. 1st, 2009
09:47 am - The Colbert Flu
The World Health Organization wants people to stop calling it "the swine flu" citing the fact that middle easterner's feel that swine is unclean. I suspect the real reason is the pork industry, but...
Stephen Colbert is famous for a number of things. And largely I think he's an excellent comedian. I really appreciated his George Bush impersonation a few years ago.
But I do think he should be ashamed of a few things. First he should be ashamed of having his audience attack Wikipedia, and I think he should be ashamed of asking people to stuff a NASA poll to ask that an ISS module be named after him. In both instances he encouraged people to abuse a public resource to make a comic point, and I don't think either instance is OK.
But, as payback, I think we should all start calling "the swine flu" "the Colbert flu". I picked this idea up from a Slashdot article. I want this partly because I can't see how this flu is any more deadly than any other flu that's been spreading around and consequently can't see the reaction of governments world-wide as anything but panic and/or asserting their dominance and giving themselves an apparent reason to exert power. Naming the flu after a comedian is, I think, the appropriate response. Secondly, he deserves it. If he wants an ISS component named after himself as a joke, he can certainly take a joke and have a flu virus named after him.