It’s not hard for comedian-affiliated professional Dane Cook to come off like a douche. For example, he can get up in the morning, and, voila! Douche. Alternatively he could stay in bed, same results. But last night at the Boston Strong concert, a benefit for the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, he went one step too far. Unlike the lineup of revered Boston-based bands, including Aerosmith, James Taylor, Dropkick Murphys, and New Kids on the Block, and comedians like Lenny Clark and Steven Wright, Cook, alone among all of the performers, refused to allow his set be broadcast online. (The performance was not shown on television for some reason, but was available to stream online. Maybe because the TV networks hate Boston and want it to suffer? Probably that.)
Hey everyone sorry my set was not a part of the live stream or televised! I didn’t want any of the new material to hit the airwaves yet!
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) May 31, 2013
Clark went on the Dennis and Callahan radio show this morning, (themselves, one is inclined to point out, towering, heroic douches), to talk about it. “Probably one of the stupidest moves I’ve ever… In Boston, this town? These people are the greatest people in the world and you’re gonna pull that crap?…That was stupid, ruin the whole show? For people trying to listen?”
The reactions have been, you may be shocked to hear, a little overwrought. DANE COOK HATES AMERICA, STEALING MONEY OUT OF THE VICTIM’S MOUTHS, and so on. If it were anyone else, I’d probably try to twist myself into a troll-pose to defend him, but in the case of Cook, I think it’s best we let the anger flow.
If you want to donate to the One Fund, by the way, you can still do it here.