Not everyone is keen on renaming a stretch of 121st Street in Morningside Heights after the late George Carlin:
“‘Carlin St.’ Resisted by His Old Church. Was It Something He Said?” is the [New York Times] headline. And the answer, of course, is, “Yes.”
We’re not sure why anyone is surprised that the Corpus Christi School (Carlin’s grade school on 121st St.) would oppose such an honor. And we’re not sure why anyone would see this opposition not as vindictive but as entirely logical and consistent.
Carlin’s 1972 album Class Clown, as the parish pastor Rev. Raymond Rafferty says, “made mockery of Corpus Christi parish and its priests.”
An online petition, like almost all such, is going nowhere, although this bit says it all:
Perhaps the comment from “Mark Ryan” of Long Island put it right when he said, “No, Carlin wouldn’t like the idea of a street being named for him, but it’s not for him, it’s for us.”
First thought: “Who the hell asked some schmuck from Lawn Guyland for his opinion?”
And you can imagine Carlin’s reaction to that: seven words, none of them (in 1972, anyway) at all utterable on television.
(Via Kathy Shaidle.)