One of my favorite comedians was Don Rickles.
Some of you readers might remember Don who starred in movies like Bikini Beach and Kelly’s Heroes. His most famous movie role was probably as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies.
Rickles didn’t even try to be politically correct. Instead, his goal was to insult everyone.
“It’s America. I make fun of everyone: blacks, whites, Jews. You right there. Are you Chinese? If not, get your eyes fixed.”
Mr. Warmth, as he was called, said on the Johnny Carson show in 1972, “It’s our Jewish New Year…not that that makes us better than anyone else, although you did take Christmas from us. Now I can see good Catholics and people all over the world write in saying ‘Why did he say that?’ Fact.”
He said this while Carson was smoking a cigarette.
“Show business is my life. When I was a kid I sold insurance, but nobody laughed,” is one of his lines.
“If I were to insult people and mean it, that wouldn’t be funny,” he once said of his style, rejecting the idea that he was an insult comic. “There is a difference between an actual insult and just having fun.”
I have a Facebook friend who posted a message about how Halloween is coming.
“So here’s a reminder: Don’t be an Indian. Don’t be a native princess. Don’t wear a headdress. Don’t use native culture as a costume.”
Ironically, social media is the one place one can be politically incorrect and get by with it.
As a kid, when Halloween approached we selected our costumes from the gunnysacks that contained old costumes. Our costumes were dependent on what we could find and make do with and what Mom could sew together.
Stores didn’t have costumes then except for strange plastic ones with masks held on with elastic bands and which were impossible to see out of.
It wasn’t until I was in college when a friend brought several full-faced rubber masks he bought in Mexico, that I saw actual quality store-bought costumes.
My Trick-or-Treat experience was in Aggieville that year as a gorilla.
While I don’t think I was ever dressed as a Native American, and you can buy those costumes today for between $14 and $64.99, I apologize for possibly offending:
• Football players
• The Cat in the Hat
• Rock stars
• Nurses (and I made a really good one, too)
• Journalists (yes, one year I was reporter)
Insider listed the 50 most popular Halloween costumes for 2018.
Top of the list is Wonder Woman. I’ll pass. That would mean I’d have to shave my legs and stuff a bra, again.
Second on the list is Harley Quinn, who I guess is the most popular DC Comic villainess.
Third is a clown. I think I still have the wig and red nose but the costume won’t fit.
Fourth is a mythical unicorn. At least there aren’t a lot of unicorns that would be offended.
Fifth is a rabbit.
Sixth is a witch which was my costume one year.
I was in grade school. Our folks did another politically incorrect thing by dropping us off close to downtown and we would Trick-or-Treat, by ourselves, through neighborhoods, ending up on Walnut Street where my grandmother lived.
My older brother went as a cowboy that year and I, yes, was a witch.
On more than one occasion, a resident would hand him candy.
“Give one to your little sister,” they would say, referring, of course, to me, the witch.
One could be politically incorrect in the 1960s.