a priori/a posteriori

Thursday, May 7, 2015

There will be no "Richard Pryor Scandal"

Thu  9:12  AM
May 7th, 2015
I wonder who the first politician will be.

That will be a weird day.

It's been a weird year, for the "comedy community"

One of our legends -- one of our heroes -- has gone from being America's sweater-loving grandpa,
to a serial rapist.

Bill Cosby fell from the heavens hard enough to make a Greek God wince.

Which is fine.  People make decisions that impact their own lives, and the lives of others.  And whatever those impacts are, we all deal with the consequences.

For any of us who invested too much emotion into a man we didn't actually know:  lesson (re)learned.

I'll probably write about Cosby more, as I keep writing on here.
But I don't want to support that man, today.  I want to support someone else.

His name was Richard Pryor.  And I think this past year of revelations about one of our "heroes,"

should remind us to appreciate another one, more than ever.
With a little more of the picture filled in, can't we bump Richard even further up the list?

Yes.  I know he's already #1.

He's the greatest stand-up comedian.  Ever.

I know.

Can we put him higher?
In the 1960s and 1970s, Richard Pryor was spending most of his time at the Playboy Mansion.  "Chasing pussy"

Being irresponsible.  Not being a family man.  Shirking his responsibilities.  Being a "boy," and not a "man"

Bill Cosby was on the cover of Time.
He was "America's Dad"
Thu  9:32  AM
May 7th, 2015

I have never met either man.

But I will say this:

If I had to pick a father figure,
I'll take Richard.

I want my dad to be real.
Richard Pryor fan

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