|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M – Th 11p / 10c|
|Moment of Zen – Rob Riggle Promotion|
I was surprised by a piece on NPR today that said “Rob Riggle is best known as a comedy “news” correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. But he’s also got another gig: as a Marine Corps reservist.”
I always like any piece that makes me question my underlying assumptions. And while there wasn’t necessarily anything prejudicial going on here, I did realize Riggle as a Marine didn’t jive with my vision of Riggle as comedian. At a bare minimum, it put his physical comedy of punches, wall busting, block and board breaking into a different light-the blocks and boards were probably real!
On the other hand, perhaps there was something a little more discriminatory going on, as this letter from Diversity, Inc. suggests when looking at the military as a culture, as in ‘the way we do things here.’ Marine’s with a sense of humor? Who’da thunk? Comedians in the line of perile? Hmmph?
As unconscious biases are at the heart of prejudice, it’s nice to have someone light and uncharged to remind one to remember to check their assumptions at the door.
Perhaps Rob was serious when he said he was leaving to fight crime. Sorry, Rob. Happy Memorial Day.