Comedian Patton Oswalt rips Salon writers for hypocritical defense of Stephen Colbert

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, March 28, 2014 15:22 EDT
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Comedian Patton Oswalt took to Twitter this afternoon to express disbelief at Salon’s defense of Stephen Colbert’s “Asian” joke:

When Patton made a similarly satirical remark last year — one which was also critical of clueless Asian stereotyping — Salon attacked him, calling him “reliably pedantic and thin-skinned.”

“Oswalt’s a savvy enough comic not to need a lesson in Satire 101, but satire and irony in a joke like this are all about who is targeted,” Salon’s David Daley wrote at the time. The writer of today’s article, Mary Beth Williams, attempted — and failed — to placate Oswalt:


At this point, fellow Salon writer Alex Pareene jumped into the fray and started swinging:

The matter escalated when facts about Pareene’s past came to light:

Pareene, eventually, relented:

And began to retweet other people’s sage advice:

In all this back-and-forth between the subject of an article and those who wrote, it is worth noting that what Oswalt asked of Salon’s writers was not a carte blanche to say whatever he wants without fear of criticism, but merely the same benefit of the doubt that Colbert received:

Which is not to say that he did not become testy when he perceived that Williams was deliberately missing his point:

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Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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