Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jerry Falwell's passing.

I haven't been listening to the eulogies for Jerry Falwell, godfather of the Moral Majority.

Instead I think of one of the greatest sight gags during Chuck Jones' tenure as architect of the Road Runner cartoons.

A cactus falls into a canyon.  Wile E. Coyote falls not long after.


Then Wile E., screaming from cactus needles in the posterior, flies up towards the camera until the viewer sees a ultraclose shot of his face.

For all the arrogance, smugness, divisiveness (who can forget Jerry calling Ellen Degeneres ELLEN DEGENERATE?) and ham-handed insistence that his interpretation of Jesus' teachings spoke for all of Christianity, it's not that hard to replay that cartoon gag with Jerry Falwell standing in for Wile E. Coyote.

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