Artie Lange Rapes Joe Buck, Apology Unlikely

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What’s in a word?

The New York Times does a great job analyzing Artie Lange’s hijack of Joe Buck’s premier on HBO as he took over Costas Live:

Michael Irvin, in the audience after being part of a segment with Bengals receiver Chad Johnson following the Favre interview, could only laugh at the spectacle.

“It’s refreshing to see white-on-white crime,” he said.

Lange’s shtick, which will be dissected with Stern on Tuesday morning, will be compared — for the attention it has created — to last year’s confrontation over blogging on “Costas Now” between the writer Buzz Bissinger and Will Leitch, then of Deadspin.

Bissinger kept erupting, creating a fascinating tableau of righteous anger.

But the Lange incident — which benefited from the artistic freedom that HBO provides — was not about any particular issue; it was about Lange’s decision that the stage was his to seize. Buck said: “It’s an unfortunate thing that happened. But it’s live. If it were taped, nobody would have seen it.”

Look, sometimes a rape victim suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.  We should all pray for Joe Buck, but I have a feeling he’ll be begging for Lange’s return.  It’s a vicious cycle these talk show hosts go through.

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9 Responses to “Artie Lange Rapes Joe Buck, Apology Unlikely”

  1. Cube Says:

    So, ummm… I wonder if Buck listens to Howard.

  2. Cube Says:

    YO! You guys have no idea how many people have visited and clicked these videos. Over 1000. Now, I have a feeling my homies haven’t.

    YOU ARE MISSING OUT AT ONE OF THE MOST FUCKED UP TV MOMENTS OF ALL TIME.

    I AM VERY CURIOUS TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY!!!!

    ARTIE LANGE IS ON HOWARD STERN AND WORKS BLUE ALL THE TIME. HE COMPLETELY TAKES OVER THE SHOW UNLIKE ANYTHING I’VE SEEN IN HISTORY.

    IT’S A GAG, TO AN EXTENT. TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. I am writing like ALLCAPS. Now, that being said, please, let’s not discuss him. Let’s discuss Artie telling Joe Buck how he got cum on his chest.

    WATCH.

  3. cub Says:

    cube, cube, cube, if you wanted to attract people, highlight what is attractive: mention that the first clip has PAUL FUCKING RUDD and JASON FUCKING SUDEIKIS. i am writing like ALLCAPS.

    so far i’ve only made it through the 1st 52 seconds; i’ll let you know how it goes.

  4. cub Says:

    so– same goes for both clips:

    that was a scenic journey through historic trainwreckistan. watching lange get evermore hostile as he got increasingly desperate for a rise/attention– from, presumably, everyone– was fascinating. and i have seen him do normal one-on-one non-panel guest shots before, so this was different in tone, to be sure.

    does he always get all ‘gay panic’ when he does panels, or was it something else? i am used to his general bigotry, but the vibe really came through, like a crispin glover moment (and now we’re back to Letterman).

  5. cub Says:

    oh, and for the record, reductio ad rapum– as in, the rape version of Godwin’s Law– is a terrible way to frame this whole craziness. just think it over is all i ask.

    • Cube Says:

      Hi. I did think of that word very much o’ person with 3/4 a great screen name. I am using that word in particular to make fun of others who used it cavalierly in the Playboy/Letterman hub bub. I wrote something here about it. It’s in the bowels of the blog. Around the playboy controversy.

      Artie did something, I think, revolutionary in tv. Like Kaufman on crack and jack.

      • cub Says:

        ok i trust you on that– i promise to go back and read your earlier posts, what with our filial screennamitude and all….

        well yeah, that was the source of my glover remark, too– and letterman had so many crazy pissups! sam phillips, jerry lawler/andy kaufman, and crispin glover couldn’t have all been staged, though, right? i mean sam phillips was stoned (or whatever) out of his mind and letterman was dagger-eyed for a long time until he could go to break, and the glover thing was borderline violent–though that is why it seemed the most like lange. it was a stunt, but only he was in on it, whereas kaufman always had at least one confederate or plant.

        so yeah, maybe revolutionary in the high-wire/no net sense.

      • cub Says:

        ok i familiarized myself with the old material, some of which i had already read due to the aol dustup, and i apologize for not getting the reference, but damn, it was so long ago!–and i do believe my brain would have responded better to the prompt, “hate-fuck.”

        sorry for all the critiques– you didn’t ask for that, you were just cubin’ along, minding your own biz… i bow to your silent E.

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