I’ll make this quick, because I don’t begrudge D.L. Hughley his CNN show. Really, I don’t. And I certainly don’t wanna behave like a crab in a barrel. Not after the week we just had.
But D.L., goodness gracious... read a muhfuggin’ book!
About six minutes into tonight’s program, D.L. began interviewing Dr. Drew Pinsky, the psychiatrist, about healing our nation’s partisan divide.
Pinsky was disturbed, he said, by the “cantankerous and rancorous” tone of the 2008 presidential campaign. Before Pinsky could finish his thought, D.L. interrupted thusly: “I got a G.E.D. ‘Cantankerous and rancorous’... ?”
Pinsky paused, downshifted, and rephrased it: “hostile and angry.”
Mr. Hughley nodded approvingly. “Okay, I got that,” he said.
I reached for the remote. I was through. Outta there. Because D.L. Hughley hosts a show on CNN, and he doesn’t know what the words “cantankerous” and “rancorous” mean.
You think D.L. was joking? Since he’s, like, a comedian and shit?
No. The man has a limited vocabulary. I found that out in late 2006 when I attended a panel discussion hosted by Elvis Mitchell. It included the cast of the NBC drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” along with series creator Aaron Sorkin.
The same thing happened. Another actor said a word that D.L. didn’t know, and D.L. announced he didn’t know it. He might have even mentioned his G.E.D. again.
I wish I could remember what the word was... because, as I recall, it was not a sesquipedalian word. It was a word that everyone else on that stage (and probably everyone in the audience) comprehended.
From then on, Bradley Whitford or Steven Weber – one of those smug bastards – made a running joke out of the word. I felt bad for D.L.
Not tonight, though.
UPDATE (11/09/08): Here’s a vidclip of the Drew Pinsky segment: