No Excuse For Taking a Cheap Shot at Mitch Hedberg

Mitch Hedberg

Buried in this little tidbit about male arousal is a nasty cheap shot at the late Mitch Hedberg:

Is sex a state of mind? A recent study from the University of British Columbia finds that while most men can regulate their physical and mental sexual arousal to some degree, the men most able to do so are able to control their other emotions as well.

“We suspect that if an individual is good at regulating one type of emotional response, he/she is probably good at regulating other emotional responses,” says Jason Winters, the study’s research head. “This has never been shown before.”

The study employed 16 randomly ordered video clips. Eight were erotic, and eight were funny (specifically, the funny video clips featured the least sexy comedian the researchers could find: Mitch Hedberg). Participants were instructed to control their response to certain videos, and simply to watch the others. They then rated their arousal following each clip, and were hooked up to machines that measured their erections.

Hedberg didn't get into comedy to be sexy; Hedberg was an artist who happened to use comedy as his canvas. He was a true original, not a punchline, not something to "inflict" on people. He was a very talented young man who happens to have left this world early. No one deserves to be disrespected like that, least of all someone who actually had talent.