Fox News Replaces Bush As New York Theatre's Punching Bag

Here's another sign that Fox News is becoming an all-purpose punching bag for liberals. Playbill reports that when the smutty-puppet musical Avenue Q went off-Broadway in New York, they replaced Bush-is-only-temporary lyrics with Fox-is-only-temporary lyrics:

In the song "Only For Now," the ensemble shouts out "Sex! is only for now" and "Your hair! is only for now." On Broadway, the original lyric then continued with "George Bush! is only for now." The new addition being used Off-Broadway is "FOX News!" — a reference to the conservative-leaning media giant — being "only for now."

Doesn't this smack of wishful thinking? Presidents are term-limited; news networks are not. It's especially wishful considering Fox's top-dog status in the cable-news ratings. It'd be more accurate to suggest MSNBC is "only for now." 

The musical's producers struggled with how to replace Bush in the lyrics, and even held a contest:

When the former president left the White House, there was much ado about possibly changing the lyric; a contest was even held to test new options ("Recession," "Prop 8," "Your mother-in-law" and, because the show had announced its Broadway final weeks, "This show"). It was ultimately decided to keep "George Bush" but change "is" to "was." At the final Broadway performance, the cast exclaimed "This Show!"

Avenue Q is best known for its song "The Internet Is for Porn." 

(Image also from Playbill)

(HT: Steve)

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis