Happy Birthday, George Carlin

Posted by The G on May 12, 2011 under Celebrities | 2 Comments to Read

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

George Carlin

George Carlin

Happy birthday to George Carlin.  The comedian first made a name for himself in the 1970s with his bit about the 7 words you cannot say on TV.   For reference, the words were: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits.  We’ve progressed as a society and I think you can actually say piss now (but I am not verifying that fact, because I REFUSE to censor myself and I find these words to be perfectly acceptable in any conversation that deems them necessary to be spoken).  Carlin’s observations about the world at large are so spot on, that I looked up to George Carlin as more of a religious figure than the big 3: Jesus, Buddha and Allah.  George Carlin did not give a fuck what people thought of him and he made a career of telling it like it is, while keeping everyone rolling on the floor with laughter.  I am so happy that before Carlin’s death, I met him many times.  In my experience, George Carlin was always nice and I was always so happy to see him in person.  Wherever you are George, you are certainly missed and thought of often.

Also born today: actress Katharine Hepburn, baseball great Yogi Berra, composer Burt Bacharach and rocker Steve Winwood.

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  • J.J. Vicars said,

    George Carlin was, and still is even after his death, one of our most important social commentators. He ripped apart so many of the things that needed ripped apart but most of us were too polite to take on ourselves. He exposed the 10 Commandments for the “bullshit padded list” that it is, using logic to show how it was “deliberately and artificially inflated to get it to sell better” after asking, “Why ten? Why not nine or eleven?” He exposed the fallacy of the American Dream, “you have to be asleep to believe it” when he tore into “who really owns America”. He challenged our most basic assumptions and made us THINK!

    One obituary read, “Carlin was my kind of American, one who loved his country but found it hard to tolerate.” Ditto that. Carlin proved that true patriotism (at least in America) is not the act of conformity, but rather the enactment of our rights to question authority and speak out against injustice and hypocrisy, that the ‘freedoms’ we as a nation talk about so much are not a given but must be maintained by us.

  • The G said,

    Well said, JJ!!!