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Comedian offensive

October 2, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

On Sept. 22, my husband and I and a few friends attended the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series "Left, Right and British" at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Technological University campus. The auditorium was filled to overflowing.

The Beckel/Thomas portion of the program was good. It was challenging and entertaining. John Oliver was another story. Minutes into his routine, we had to leave because of his foul and offensive language. It was far from "distinguished."

Cal Thomas had said in one of his segments that people in "real life" do not constantly yell at their neighbors or call them names because they disagree politically. Am I so naive to think that people in "real life" do not communicate with this kind of language in everyday conversation? If this is what John Oliver thought the students wanted to hear and this is the kind of entertainment that they filled the auditorium to see - then I am saddened for the future moral fiber of our country.

Even though John Oliver supposedly brings a "humorous take on politics," he was not a good fit with Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas and he was not a good fit for the Rozsa Center.

I certainly hope that the Rozsa staff will take a second look at who they choose in the future for the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series.

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