Django Gold, Unchained: The Wannabe Humorist Strikes Back


So now “Django Gold,” the Onion writer responsible for that unfunny “satire” of the great Sonny Rollins published recently in The New Yorker, is back to defend himself. (Note: Gold is NOT the guy in the above pic).

I’m not going to take a deep dive into his guest column for JazzTimes online, headlined “Notes From the Backlash.” It’s just not that substantial. But the gist of it is this: “Hey, jazz people, it’s your fault if you didn’t get the joke. Lighten up.”

As one observer noted, that’s kind of like a stand-up comedian blaming the audience for not laughing.

And as I wrote in my initial response to Gold’s original (but not so original) piece, the most unfunny part of the whole affair is this: In a period when The New Yorker offers very little serious, in-depth coverage of jazz, why would the once revered magazine give space to Gold’s kind of nonsense?

To borrow Gold’s words: “Pretty square, if you ask me.”

Which brings us to another point: If a “satire” piece requires the author to explain it or defend it via another column, then could it be possible that the original piece wasn’t very effective, and its intent was unclear?


3 thoughts on “Django Gold, Unchained: The Wannabe Humorist Strikes Back

  1. I’m one of the few who thought that infamous NYer piece was humorous – not knee slapping funny mind you, but clearly satire. Django G rang almost all the changes on the dumb things people who don’t like or don’t get jazz commonly say. I was kind of stunned by all the negative reaction – since it was posted in the ‘Shouts & Murmurs’ section, why would anyone take it seriously? I get the feeling many of the people who read it are not regular NYer readers, otherwise they’d have seen plenty more humor of a similar ilk.

    Justin Moyer’s Washington Post piece was another animal. He specifically stated “this is not satire,” then backpedaled after people, unsurprisingly, took it seriously. I bought it wholesale, as did the rest of the suckers. Such is the fate of readers in the 21st century: it’s not just caveat emptor these day – caveat lector!

    • I’m not going to bother reading that — sounds like another clickbait piece, cynically posted to drum up “controversy” and drive folks to the site.

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