Queenan is not the 'mean-spirited turnip' he likes to make out. There is generosity as well as spite in his assessments and when he talks to people - notably Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon and Keanu Reeves - the results are far more interesting and, by implication, respectful, than the run-of-the-mill celebrity interview. And the devotion to frivolity cannot conceal a well-developed moral sense, especially when he swaps easy targets (pop stars with film careers) for the odd difficult one. He attacks the brutish machismo of Oliver Stone: 'If Stone were not peddling a politically fashionable Anti-Americanism that never goes out of style in Hollywood, feminists would be all over him as one of the most reactionary sexist film-makers of all time.'
This is about as serious as he gets. Elsewhere, one-liners like 'If God is truly all-knowing and all-powerful, an omnipotent force, why doesn't he do something about Daphne Zuniga?' hold sway to amusing effect. His appreciation of Melanie Griffiths ('The message of Melanie Griffiths is a message of hope. But it is also a message of defiance.') makes a convincing case for sarcasm as the highest form of wit.Reuse content