On Tuesday, June 17, 2008, Jozet submitted a post called “Your Mother Is One” wherein she made a disparaging remark about the beloved Muppet, Gonzo. Here I insert only for the sake of fairness that Gonzo’s complete moniker is “Gonzo The GREAT”. Inside the comments section of the above mentioned post, there are exchanges between Jozet & I that lack the cool precision of reason because of their immersion in a feverish pitch of emotional intensity. Well, I am calmer now. And from the sedate posture of rationality, I have come to offer you my Defense Of Gonzo, and to call Jozet an idiot when she is not around to defend herself.
The following quotes were taken from Wikipedia. O shut up, Wikipedia bashers. We’re talking about a Muppet.
“Unlike most of the central Muppets characters, Gonzo is not meant to represent a human being or an anthropomorphized animal, but sports a bizarre, non-human appearance, which includes blue fur, bug-eyes, and a long, hooked nose.” Take heed. Gonzo is not human. Nor is he some stupid humanized animal with human values and concerns. Frogs. Bear. Pigs. The Muppets ravaged the entire animal kingdom by turning every existing form of life into a little human being. This of course was nothing short of an attempt by mankind to alleviate its guilt at destroying the habitat of every wild thing by making it appear that wild things wanted what humans wanted. “Fuck the trees.” the birds sing, “We want cars & TVs too.” WELL NO THE BIRDS DON’T WANT CARS & TVS!!!
OK. Gonzo was not a human being. Nor was he a human being disguised as an animal. Rather, he was a challenge. Gonzo represented the challenge of The Other. Gonzo, by not being clearly anything, was a symbol for all that is unlike us. Let’s not beat around the bush. Gonzo was an attack on White Bread culture. Our history is a bloody history. It’s a long history of the extermination of any encountered difference. Native Americans. All religions not Christian. Animals. Wilderness. Etc. Gonzo encompasses all this Otherness and his presence confronts us with a choice: Do we shun him? Or embrace him?
I’ll just say it & have done with it. If you don’t like Gonzo, you don’t like black people.
“Gonzo is known for his wild-eyed, optimistic attitude, yet he is also something of an intellectual.” Gonzo says Yes to the world. And it’s not an ignorant Yes. Too often intellectuals get bogged down by their—I don’t know—super thinking or what have you, and they get all depressed. They moan about injustice and meaning and bad coffee. Well Gonzo acknowledges the fact that his own life is built on that of fundamental injustice: his life is fed by death. And Gonzo recognizes that there’s no ground for any meaning to stand firmly upon, to be Absolute. Indeed, the ground shifts. There’s a history of Absolutes. Gonzo stares these impossibilities in the eyes unblinkingly and triumphantly says Yes! Yes! Yes! to life, and with Nietzsche he cries “Amor Fati”.
Love your Fate. It’s the only one you have.