Re: Bill Hicks on Letterman **This Friday**
- On Jan 31, 2009, at 8:55 PM, David Hobby wrote:
> Rceeberger wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if it had at least something to do with him
>> 15 years after Bill Hicks' death, the famous segment cut from
>> show will be shown.
>> Hicks was quite bitter that this monologue was cut and he died 5
>> later of cancer at 32 years of age.
>> If you remember Hicks, this will be well worth watching.
> So it's up on UTube, of course:
> Good, but I don't understand why it was censored
> in the first place.
implying during the segment that most Americans are somewhere between
completely illiterate and barely functionally literate. However edgy
an idea that was at the time, I'm sure that didn't go over well with
the NBC network execs -- openly insulting a majority of their audience
isn't good for ad revenue, at least not the way Bill tended to do it.
(Although I myself have had a few experiences almost exactly like what
he described. Reading a book in a remote rural Waffle House can
attract almost exactly that kind of unpleasant attention, in some
cases, and there are parts of the USA where people do take a certain
degree of pride in not being "too smart" or "too bookish". I'm sure
one large part of why that segment was pulled was because it was
*true*, in large part..)