Well, I'm getting this one in just under the wire. Great episode. It sounds like you three have been doing this together for years.Here's my take on the whole (mercifully short-lived) "Diceman" phenomenon. The late 80s was when we really saw "political correctness" begin to spread. I think that in pop culture, just as in physics, for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction. I don't think that Clay's audience were all a bunch of lunk heads who didn't get the joke. I think they were merely seeking refuge from the onslaught of political correctness; which to be fair was often just as reprehensible as Clay IMO. I don't think they really believed that stuff any more than he did. Most of them, anyway.As for the movie. Yeah, it always felt like Clay's schtick was grafted onto it in a cumbersome sort of way. I haven't seen it in years, but I always thought it was a fairly entertaining slice of early 90s cheese.
I agree to an extent, though there's very few audiences you can paint a broad brush on as far as what they're getting out of a performance. That said, I think you underestimate how many lunkheads were / are out there. In my line of work, I meet thousands.
Yeah, re-reading my comment, I made it sound like I thought that his entire audience was in on the joke. No doubt there were an alarming number of people out there who took what Dice said as gospel. I was a teenager at the time and even I knew it was an act. Maybe I'm giving his audience too much credit.
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