El Toro Loco

And you thought Batiuk’s handling of PTSD was bad. This is appalling. Not only is the “punchline” offensive, Batiuk has to reverse-engineer the setup, which typically would be “If anyone told me blah blah blah, I’d tell him he was crazy!” You’d think that having to go to such lengths for a gag would make TB pause to think it over. Instead, he doubles down. Buck: “You’re crazy!” Bull: “And forgetful, too! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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25 responses to “El Toro Loco

  1. spacemanspiff85

    This is reaching new levels of disgusting and hateful. And it’s only Wednesday, so we’ve got three more days of this crap.

  2. redsnifit

    Buck hasn’t even been a player at Big Walnut in what, fifty years?

    I don’t know whether the punchline is supposed to be about his CTE. Although I don’t really know if there’s a punchline at all here.

  3. billytheskink

    If Bull was Crazy, he’d be drinking that coffee at Montoni’s…

    Sorry, tact is compelling me not to discuss the merits of dementia jokes in this generally self-serious comic strip.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    This reminds me of the arc where Les and Funky mocked Lisa over the side effect from her chemotherapy, or the one where Wally’s captors forgot to fill the waterboarding pail. Leave it to Batiuk to find slapstick humor in the plight of a brain-damaged friendless old jock. That’s some support system the big lug has there, his shrill harpy of a wife who talks about him like he isn’t even there and some weird asshole who just showed up uninvited at his door out of nowhere one day.

    Mike Webster, Junior Seau, Dave Duerson…yep, those wacky “crazy” jocks and their zany CTE, quite hilarious and oh so very “timely” too. This arc is insulting to anyone with a brain, damaged or not. I can find something to dislike about any FW arc but this garbage is literally making me cringe. There’s taking a light-hearted approach then there’s just making an ass of yourself and this mess caromed over that line on Monday and it’s careening downhill at a pace that makes last week’s arc look like Pulitzer bait in comparison. This is as crass and tone deaf as anything he’s ever done.

    • billytheskink

      It reminds me of the Crankshaft strip where Lillian McKenzie said “The one good thing about Alzheimer’s is that Lucy gets to meet so many new people.”

      Nearly as irksome, to me, is panel 2, where TB modifies the rote response “I would have said they were crazy” into a self-directed phrase no one has actually said… just so he can set up Buck’s line in panel 3. The punchline is dreadful on its own, but the labored set up makes it sink even worse.

    • bobanero

      Actually sort of reminds me of the arc where Wally got blown up by an IED in Iraq that turned out to be a video game.

  5. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “You my best fwend, Buck! I wuv you!”

    “That’s great, Bull. Linda, what time does Bull go to bed?”

    “He can go right now, if you want, dear! Off to bed, Bull!.”

    “I want Buck change my dipey an’ tuck me in! He my best fwend!”

    “Oh, GOD, no!”

    “Bull, go up to your room. I’ll be up in a minute. Say goodnight to Buck.”

    “G’night, Buck! You my best fwend! WHEEEEEE!! Uh oh!! I make poopie!”

  6. 1) Who gives a flying fuck about high school rivalries at THIS stage in the game?

    2) Who thinks that mental enfeeblement and mental sickness are the same thing?

    3) Why do they allow this dreck to be published?

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      In Batty’s pointy little bald head, high school is the peak of life. Whatever you were in high school, you’re a slightly older version of that the rest of your life. Batty is a classic man-child. We should ask him about that next time he takes a break from reading his comic books.

  7. Chyron HR

    “You ARE crazy, Bull! Ha ha ha!”

    ~~~ For Your Pulitzer Consideration ~~~

  8. Gerard Plourde

    I know that the distributor long ago eschewed editing this strip’s content. The offensive nature of this installment shows the folly of that hands-off policy.

  9. Rusty

    This really is offensive. As Epicus stated above, no one asked Lisa about her sudden weight loss during chemo.

  10. comicbookharriet

    Can we go back to the abandoned house? That was less depressing.

  11. “Yes, Bull, you are crazy…and I’m coming for your wife.”

  12. bobanero

    Seriously, I’m concerned about the mental health of the author.

    • Gerard Plourde

      I agree. I’ve had misgivings since the time pool/reunion arc. The weirdness and disjointedness has been growing steadily since then.

  13. louder

    As mentioned by all: How can a person think CTE is funny? The same CTE that makes some former players shoot themselves in the chest so their brains can be studied by scientists. That was found in Arron Hernandez to such a great level. I guess BatHack finds that kind of despair and violence oh, so cute.

    • comicbookharriet

      There CAN be times when making jokes about an illness or disability is used to normalize it, and humanize the life and lifestyle of the person living with it. People have to live with their disabilities 24/7, and most of them DON’T want to constantly be treated with seriousness drenched in tragedy.

      “Speechless” the ABC show, comes to mind.

      But, you know, it involves the disabled person interacting with, and being integrated into, society. Not locked in some basement man-cave staring at the relics of his past.

  14. timbuys

    Never before has the pursuit of an arbitrary round number anniversary been pursued in such a trite and callous manner.

    • comicbookharriet

      I don’t know…the 10th anniversary of the already-on-the-verge-of-divorce Goslings in ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8’ comes to mind.

  15. Eldon of Galt

    What Batiuk might be trying for here is “laughing in the face of adversity”, trying to remain cheerful when times are tough. But as with every other aspect of his writing, he fails. This isn’t laughing at adversity, this is laughing at those suffering adversity, mocking them. This arc goes beyond tone-deafness into outright cruelty.

  16. Epicus Doomus

    Obviously he feels it’s OK to make Bull the butt of his “jokes”, as Bull (a fictional character he made up and wrote for) was a sporto-bully-goon way back in high school (even though he went to great lengths to explain that away and have him become pals with his former victims) thus he’s not to be taken seriously (or have any dignity whatsoever).

    When this CTE arc began he seemed to be handling it with at least a LITTLE tact but now it’s all slapstick goofy hilarity, with the cartoon faces and feeble gags about being “crazy” and “forgetful”. Har har. I mean sure, perhaps they’re just dumb football players who sacrifice their bodies in pursuit of a stupid sports but damn man, they’re still human beings, something Batiuk seems to have forgotten re: Bull.

    Coming next week: Becky shows off her collection of left-handed gloves and mittens she’s received as gifts over the years as her “pals” hoot and giggle over her amputee status. Then everyone shares a chuckle over Summer’s tomboy figure and boyish haircut as they make plans to startle Funky into another zany coronary episode. The Funkyverse is a sick, sick place.

  17. LTPFTR

    Christ, what an asshole. (Feel free to apply that to anyone associated with this strip or depicted in it.)