Casting Call: A suggested career change for ex-Ohio State president Gordon Gee

Wednesday June 5th, 2013

Gordon Gee's sometimes misguided brand of humor would be right at home on South Park. (Illustration aided by South Park Studios Avatar Creator) Gordon Gee's humor would be right at home on South Park. (Illustration aided by South Park Studios Avatar Creator)

By Stewart Mandel

Ohio State president Gordon Gee, whose penchant for ill-advised jokes recently left him apologizing to football coaches and religious leaders alike, announced his (presumably forced) retirement on Tuesday. Come July 1, the bow-tie-wearing, 69-year-old administrator will suddenly have an abundance of free time on his hands — and Extra Mustard has a suggestion for how Gee should spend it.

As a lifelong academic, Gee couldn’t rip Catholics, belittle an entire conference’s academics or mock a charity organization without suffering consequences. In Hollywood, however, he could make all of the offensive jokes he wanted in the name of satire and be celebrated instead of castigated. Just ask Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm alter ego, who has “offended” blacks, orthodox Jews, World War II veterans, Holocaust survivors, Parkinson’s victim Michael J. Fox and many others over the years, or Julia Louis Dreyfus’ Veep character Selina Meyer, who managed to alienate half of Europe when a mocking song she performed went viral. So to Gee we say: Head west, sir, and get your SAG card. You’re meant to be an actor!

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