Now the left thinks a cartoon movie about sausages is racist

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Monday August 15th, 2016

Which means that once again we have to defend Seth Rogen.

First he was under attack from Bowl Cut Jr. and his communist minions in North Korea, who didn't like the way he and party bro James Franco portrayed the Dear Leader in The Interview. Now he's under attack from a different variety of communist - the American social justice warriors whose job it is to be offended by everything and find it sexist, racist, homophobic and whatever else. Especially if it dares to actually be funny.

And once again, though I am really no big fan of Seth Rogen, I find myself in the unlikely position of defending him. I actually think there's a place for completely sophomoric humor, although I think Rogen's approach to it involves too little actual humor and way too much crossing of lines just the sake of crossing lines. His type of work operates at a very low intellectual level and wants to take you down there with it - without even really giving you all that much legitimate to laugh about.

That said, somewhere along the line we made a huge societal mistake by lumping all stereotypical humor in the "racist" bin, and that's too bad, because giving food into the ethnically distinctive personalities of the people most likely to eat it is actually a pretty hilarious idea. Which, of course, is exactly why the oh-so-sensitive among us today consider Rogen public enemy number one:

The film, co-written by Rogen, is coming out tomorrow, but a tidal wave of liberal outrage is engulfing the movie, which is a spoof of Disney and Pixar animated films. "Sausage Party"‘s bizarre plot revolves around a hot dog’s relationship with other foods, and it ends with a food orgy.

The beef from the SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) revolves around the racial stereotypes of some of the foods in the Sony movie. An Arabic loaf of lavash (voiced by David Krumholtz ) riffs on the 77 bottles of extra-virgin olive oil awaiting him in the next life. Also causing offense is an Irish potato who sings [Irish ballad] “Danny Boy” and whose catchphrase is “Jesus! F--k!”

Other comedic elements of the film that have galvanized the SJWs: Salma Hayek voicing a Mexican taco, a Native American bottle of Firewater (which quips  he had settled in the grocery store first before getting shoved in the backroom), and some Nazi German sauerkraut dedicated to”exterminating the juice” compound. 

The film isn't out yet so I can't speak to the execution, but the idea is really clever. This is the sort of thing people who weren't totally consumed with self-seriousness used to kick back and enjoy. But it's not only the inability to laugh. It's also the determination to be offended, such that you're looking around for anything that fits the template of what makes you say, "That's not allowed and I'm outraged!"

As for the food orgy . . . eh, I can hardly wait, I guess. Actually I'm unlikely to go see it, not because that or anything else would offend me but just because I don't usually make it a priority to go see Rogen's work. I guess I'm stuck in the past but my brand of humor runs more to the sort of thing Ivan Reitman was doing in the '70s and '80s. That stuff could also be sophomoric, and it definitely crossed lines, but at its core it was hilarious.

As it stands, I've written more columns defending Rogen than I've gone to see movies by Rogen. I guess what that means is that even the hacks among us have the right to do what they do. I was going to say "talentless hack," but I actually think Rogen has some talent. I just think he's too creatively lazy to use it to its best effect.

But racist? Come on. The social justice warriors have gone way past the point where they've made complete jokes of themselves with this nonsense.

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