I'm a long-time subscriber and pretty much a live-and-let-laugh kind of guy, but I gotta say, this month's Keillor is the second time he's hit a sour note. And when I say "sour," I don't mean "hilariously politically incorrect," like Callahan (RIP), but "this is not funny, and not enlightening of anything except Keillor's unthinking insensitivity."
Imagine if he was telling you a funny story about his grandparents in ol' Minnesota, you betcha', and happened to mention the nigger caretaker whose job it is to take care of the church boiler, on his way to making a wry little joke about how the potato salad for the potluck lunch didn't spoil because it was sitting on a cold pew for the whole sermon. Yeah. Look, it's OK if you don't like black people, or fags, or whatever -- it's a free country. But if you're writing for an audience that likes your tepid humor, why not leave your homophobia out of it?
So, in my view, Keillor's pretty innocuous most of the time: if not funny, then at least not particularly offensive; but I'll go back to skipping his column, and would prefer to see somebody else's stuff in that section of FT.
Sorry to be a downer; thanks for all the laughs!
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