The National Mall in Washington was thronged by “Rally to Restore Sanity” attendees. More than 200,000 people were estimated in attendance for the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” which has been hotly awaited. The rally lasted for several hours and had numerous speakers and musical acts. The rally centered on a theme of not taking sensationalist media seriously and introducing more rationality into the national discourse.
Benediction starts the ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’
First there were introductions for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for the “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Then Father Guido Sarducci, Don Novello who plays a priest on Saturday Night Live, gave a benediction. The rally involved a many musical acts, and in between, Steward and Colbert commented as usual. An Evil Kinevil suit was what Colbert sported at the beginning. Of course, they both wore American Flag pullovers at one point. Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, The Roots and Tony Bennett and several others performed. ”Peace Train” was performed by Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, as Stewart invited him. The whole thing ended with “Love Train” sung by O’Jays after Ozzy Osbourne sang “Crazy Train.” Nor surprisingly, Colbert had invited Ozzy.
What the media has to say
Taking shots at certain media pundits was a large portion of what the rally was for. Clips of those like Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann played while making fun of them between musical numbers and an appearance from Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Politico reports that Olbermann commented on Stewart on Twitter. He said Stewart had “jumped the shark.” The rally was talked about by other commentators. They dismissed it without consideration. More than 200,000 attended the Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart Rally.
Near the end of the rally, Comedy Central abruptly pulled coverage of the rally and broadcast the Simon Pegg film “Hot Fuzz,” which Pegg apologized for on Twitter, maintaining he had nothing to do with it.
The Guardian: http://guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/30/jon-stewart-rally-restore-sanity
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