Margaret Cho
The first rule of satire in the U.S.: Do not offend

When you preach a doctrine of tolerance, it's sometimes hard to know what to do with satire. Not the easy stuff — the cartoons, literature and comedy that take down celebrity culture, corporate heartlessness, a squabbling government — but the trickier topics: gender, class, personal politics, religion. The country that helped invent the notion of universal free speech has learned to tread carefully. Words and images are parsed, protested and often apologized for. And it isn't blue-blood conservatives deciding that it's impolite to discuss money, politics and religion in public; it's mostly f-bomb dropping liberals. While deploring the terrorist attacks...