Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.
It's true that none of my characters are admirable. But maybe I'm primarily a satirist, and a satirist needs to hold up what's not admirable.
Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
80% of all quotes on the internet are entirely fictitious.
He who can make people laugh has to be taken seriously; all people with power know that.