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Ed Asner’s got spunk

Dec 11, 2012


I have very definite plans for my old age. I am sincerely looking forward to that period of late life where I just totally stop giving a shit and say exactly what’s on my mind always (which fine, I kind of do already, but when I’m old everyone will have to think it’s charming). I’ve always envisioned my future self as a glorious combination of Sophia Petrillo and Little Edie Bouvier, except with more heroin. Not that I’ve ever done heroin- hell, I’m not even that keen on smoking pot (or grass, as my mum would say, and as I sometimes decide I will say as well but then forget)- but as soon as I know I’ve only got a year or so to live, I will be doing all of the drugs. Because why the fuck not, right?

But I digress! Can we talk about how Ed Asner is basically the best  old man ever and is obviously living the dream? Not that Ed Asner has not always been awesome. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” was the shit, plus he’s pretty much my favorite SAG president ever. (Well, him and James Cagney. Mostly because the idea of James Cagney presiding over a meeting of anything just tickles me to death.) Plus, dude has always been a pretty bad ass activist.

Asner recently lent his voice to this really great video for The California Federation of Teachers. The completely brilliant and spot-on video- described by Sean Hannity as a “disgusting hit piece on wealthy Americans”- features a bit in which it looks kind of like a rich man pisses on poor people  in order to demonstrate trickle down economics. The Hannity Show confronted Asner (described as a “radical left wing actor) about his participation in the video last week, which ended delightfully in Asner asking a FOX News Producer if he could piss on him. I defy you to watch this and not wish so hard that Asner was your Grampa.

All of the conservative pundits were of course shocked and horrified by this, and also for some reason tried to pretend like Ed Asner wasn’t super famous by referring to him in headlines as “Hollywood Actor” and such. Which was fucking adorable of them. THEN, Asner went on Current TV to talk about the incident yesterday and announced that Sean Hannity was obviously “behind on his rabies shots”, and that he was proud to be a “Hollywood Liberal”. Asner also made the point (as I feel like I do about 20 times a day) that even if we were to get rid of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, their taxes would still be a bajillion times lower than at any point in American history.

Conclusion? Ed Asner is the motherfucking best. I want him to be on television all of the time- possibly having a talk show in which he just says hilarious things about Sean Hannity always- and I also want him to be my adopted Grampa. If that fails, I would like to be him when I grow up.

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